Now more than ever, people are turning to their rabbis and communities to seek the consolation they need in times of mourning and bereavement. As such, the field of pastoral care is becoming increasingly important to clergy of all faiths. To Walk in God's Ways: Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement illustrates how the structure and themes of Jewish tradition, using cognitive empathy, allow both the community and rabbi to help the patient and mourner alleviate his or her suffering.
Joseph S. Ozarowski studied at Yeshivat Sha'alavim in Israel and received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Theological College, Skokie, Illinois, and his doctorate from Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as rabbi of the Elmont Jewish Center, Elmont, New York.
Part 1 Pastoral Theology and Judaism Chapter 2 The Basis for a Jewish Pastoral Theology Part 3 Bikur Holim Chapter 4 Roots for Visiting the Sick Chapter 5 Bikur Holim from Rabbinic Sources Chapter 6 Specific Issues in Bikur Holim Chapter 7 Liturgical Issues Chapter 8 Preliminary Thoughts toward a Jewish Pastoral Theology Part 9 Death, Grief, and Bereavement Chapter 10 Aninut-The Initial Stage of Grief Chapter 11 Keriah-The Tearing of the Garment Chapter 12 The Funeral Service Chapter 13 Postfuneral Observances Part 14 Conclusion-Some Reflections on a Jewish Pastoral Theology