How can our rituals and prayer spaces be containers for healing?
Trauma Informed Rabbinics understands the Neuroscience behind our ritual and helps clergy, communities and individuals address trauma within sacred space. Using current practice with a consciousness towards healing we can bring direct healing to ourselves and our communities. From embodied prayer to holiday experiences, it is all in service to creating the wholeness and integration that is embedded in Jewish practice. From the word shalom to the number 7- Judaism is always looking to find ways for us to achieve integration. 6 days you shall work and on the 7th rest.
Judaism understands that living a balanced life is what allows for integration. The Rabbi's teach that it is the 7th day of rest that births the new week into being. Scientifically we understand that without rest we cannot function in our highest capacity, it is unsurprising that our Jewish tradition understood this before our intellect could.
And this is just the beginning, Jewish ritual is a multi-sensory healing tool that allows us to live through communal trauma, embody the pain through storytelling, sounds, smells, tastes, connection, learning and feeling and come out the other side free from bondage, free from oppression. The Passover story allows us to embody the oppression we feel in daily life but gives us a depersonalized framework from which to work through our own personal stories of trauma and oppression without re-traumatizing ourselves.