Illness & Healing


“Comfort, comfort My people, nachamu nachamu ami” (Isaiah 40:1).

The prophet Isaiah offered these simple but profound words from the Eternal when all hope seemed lost.

We are each in need of healing. No one is perfectly whole. We may be struggling with illness; we may be plagued by emotional pain; our souls may be in turmoil; we may be in mourning; journeying through a divorce; infertility, or a loved one may be suffering and we are caretaking.

Rabbi Marshall can help create a ritual to help pull you out of private pain. Connecting you with community—however large or small—and providing hope, love, and wisdom. Prayer, blessings, poetry, and ritual offer the promise of coming away better able to face the journey we must walk with soothing and support.

She especially recommends the mikveh, Jewish ritual immersion, during times of illness and healing. A painful diagnosis or chronic illness can leave our body feeling like the enemy--that it is no longer a part of us. Immersion in a mikveh, indoors or in a natural body of water, offers an invitation to our body in a new way, strengthening our resilience.