A Jewish Theology of Pastoral Care

By Lewis J. Eron

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 1999

This article discusses Elisha ben Abuyah's rejection of traditional faith after witnessing the accidental death of a child during the performance of a mitzvah. The author discusses how in times of trial, a Reconstructionist perspective suggests that we focus not on God's ways but on our response; not on what happened but on what we might do. The author argues that the apostasy of Elisha ben Abuyah may remind us that in the face of tragedy or challenge there are no rules or reasons why; the low points of life remind us of the uncertainty and frailty of our own situations. Finally, the author explains how the blessing of pastoral care is the opportunity to be with others in these times of struggle.

Topic: Theology, Trauma, Reconstructionist Judaism, Rabbinic Counseling

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.63/No.2

Page Number(s): 35-41

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Eron, Lewis J. A Jewish Theology of Pastoral Care. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 1999: 35-41. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4362


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