The Bais HaVaad’s Mental Health Halacha Center Leads Pioneering Course on Mental Health for Rabbanim, Poskim and Dayanim
Enhancing the understanding of mental health among the community’s Rabbinical leadership, a groundbreaking four-week course on the intersection of Mental Health and Halacha has come to a close. Hosted by the Bais HaVaad’s Mental Health Halacha Center in conjunction with the Conference of Synagogue Rabbonim of Agudath Israel of America, this innovative initiative has engaged hundreds of Rabbonim nationwide. The transformative effects of this initiative are anticipated to reach thousands within their kehilos.
The series took place over four consecutive Tuesday evenings, immersing attending Rabbonim, Poskim, and Dayanim in a broad exploration of mental health topics within a Halachic framework. The curriculum addressed pharmacology’s role in mental health, the influence of trauma on behavior, the nature and complexity of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and the unique considerations of mental health care for children and adolescents. Through these sessions, Rabbonim have been equipped with the knowledge and insights to better understand and support the mental health needs of their congregants and communities.
The program was enriched by the wisdom of esteemed Rabbonim, Harav Elya Brudny Shlita, Harav Sholom Kaminetzky Shlita and Harav Uri Deutsch Shlita, who delivered important insights from a Daas Torah perspective. The subject matter was presented by distinguished professionals Dr. Glenn Hirsch, Rabbi Binyomin Babad, Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, and Rabbi Dr. Zev Brown.
While this introductory course serves as a significant milestone, the Bais HaVaad’s Mental Health Halacha Center views it as merely the foundation for more in-depth, intensive courses on individual mental health topics. These upcoming programs aim to further empower Rabbonim, enhancing their ability to navigate the complex and crucial intersection of mental health and Halacha. The ripple effect promises to reach and impact thousands within our communities, marking a new era in mental health awareness and support.