Healing in the Torah and Talmud, how to receive it? We see many in the Torah are healed by Hashem. I wonder is there some knowledge how to receive it and what is the connection? Like if you have pain in the left arm and it feels weak, is it connected with some kind of sin, is body-parts a metaphor for something we need to understand?

  • Are you asking about Mida-Kneked-Mida? – Danny Schoemann Jan 27 '16 at 12:49
  • 1
    Are you asking in a figurative sense? In a metaphysical sense? Are you looking for a Kabbalistic answer? Are you looking for a map of the body correlating to certain commandments? Please clarify. – Seth J Feb 1 '16 at 17:48

There is a book called Sefer Haredim that classifies Mitsvoss following the human organs.

See in Sefer Hahinuch Mizvah 169

ולכן הזהירתנו התורה כי בהגיע אל האדם החלי הרע, והוא הצרעת, שלא יקחנו דרך מקרה, רק יחשב מיד כי עונותיו גרמו וירחיק מחברת בני אדם כאדם המרחק מרע מעשיו, ויתחבר אל המכפר המרפא שבר החטא ויראה אליו נגעו, ובעצתו ובדבריו ובפשפוש מעשיו יוסר מעליו הנגע, כי האל ברוך הוא שמשגיח עליו תמיד יראה מעשה תשובתו וירפאהו, וזהו ענין ההסגרין כמו שאמרנו.‏

The principle is that the ill man should know that that is nothing random.
But the mean to know what is the problem is little, and a phantasmal interpretation does not help. And it is very cruel to make people feel guilty when ill. The pseudo-cabalistic approach is not a genuine Jewish approach.

| improve this answer | |
  • Read my comments under Aleksandr`s answer.. – Aigle Jan 27 '16 at 23:25

The Torah heals by telling us that prayer heals.

The Jewish book of healing was destroyed so that people will pray.

Mishna Brochos 5.5

They used to say about him, about Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa: When he would pray for the sick, he would say: This one will live and this one will die. They said to him: How do you know? He replied to them: If the prayer is fluent in my mouth, I know that it has been accepted; and if not, then I know that it has been torn up.

Quotes on subject:

תורה מגנא ומצלא, ‏

From here

לעולם יבקש אדם רחמים שלא יחלה, שאם יחלה אומרים ו הבא זכות והפטר

יפה תפילת החולה עצמו מתפילת אחרים עליו, והיא קודמת להתקבל

רְפָאֵנוּ ה' וְנֵרָפֵא. הושִׁיעֵנוּ וְנִוָּשֵׁעָה כִּי תְהִלָּתֵנוּ אָתָּה. וְהַעֲלֵה רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה לְכָל מַכּותֵינוּ כִּי אֵל מֶלֶךְ רופֵא נֶאֱמָן וְרַחֲמָן אָתָּה. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', רופֵא חולֵי עַמּו יִשרָאֵל:‏

תפילת הציבור, נשמעת תמיד; ואפילו היו בהן חטאים, אין הקדוש ברוך הוא מואס תפילתן של רבים.  לפיכך צריך אדם לשתף עצמו עם הציבור, ולא יתפלל יחידי, כל זמן שיכול להתפלל בציבור.  ולעולם ישכים אדם ויעריב לבית הכנסת, שאין תפילתו של אדם נשמעת בכל עת, אלא בבית הכנסת.  וכל מי שיש לו בית הכנסת בעירו, ואינו נכנס לתוכה להתפלל--נקרא שכן רע

| improve this answer | |

I know from Zohar I think that fingers of hands (and feet) represent 10 commandments. Right arm first five and left arm second five. So if you have a pain in the right arm it is likely you are violating all first five commandments. If it is just one finger then it is just one commandment.

Tabernacle (and Temple) were also designed to mimic human body of sorts. I.e Ark was the head/brain. Altar for Slaughters was a stomach etc. Please see Vaikra 15:31 and Bemidbar 19:13

Not to mention that all measurements in the Torah have something to do with human body. I.e cubit is a forearm, omer - handfuls, e.t.c.

Otherwise Torah says that God is your healer and if you live by the Torah you will never be ill.(Shemot 15:26)

I also think that Devarim 2:20 for example refers to healers (רפאים rpaim) Not sure about this one though...

| improve this answer | |
  • Good answer,I dont understand the downvote,interesting answer. – Aigle Jan 27 '16 at 20:52
  • "Tabernacle (and Temple) were also designed to mimic human body of sorts. I.e Ark was the head/brain. Altar for Slaughters was a stomach etc." Is this from the Zohar?Or some other literature.I know the body is the temple of Hahsem ,but where can I read about the connection? – Aigle Jan 27 '16 at 21:29
  • Sorry, I do not know the source. I do not study Jewish tradition as much as I used to :) Look online. – Aleksandr Sigalov Jan 27 '16 at 21:34
  • @Eagel Please see Vaikra 15:31 and Bemidbar 19:13. These are one of the few verses from the actual Torah that I know of. – Aleksandr Sigalov Jan 27 '16 at 22:05
  • 1. Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, the renowned student of the Gaon of Vilna, said that the commandment to construct a Tabernacle is primarily a personal commandment; every Jew is "a living tabernacle in miniature." HaShem rests the Shechinah, His Divine Presence, primarily in the human heart. 2. Sefer Charedim – The Book of the Awestruck (R. Eliezer Azkari, c. 1550) 66:27 – “You are a Temple for the presence of the Holy King!” – Aigle Jan 27 '16 at 22:33

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .