January 16, 2019 7:31 pm at 7:31 pm #1663490
I’ve been trying to read up on the intersection of Judaism and mental health. I know that in more religious communities there can sometimes be a stigma against these kinds of issues, and on the flip side there are Jewish mental health forums such as (Link removed) designed to support this community, so what I’m wondering is if there is any input from the Torah, Talmud, or rabbinic commentaries on mental health. I realize that it’s really only become something we talk about in the last twenty years or so, so its a bit of a longshot that any of these ancient texts would have any insight, but I was wondering what you guys thinkJanuary 19, 2019 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm #1664526
Did you learn the Rambam?January 19, 2019 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm #1664531
Mental health is a very broad subject, what specifically where you looking for ?January 20, 2019 7:41 am at 7:41 am #1664595
Unfortunately, too many families have let mental issues go untreated and unacknowledged because they were worried it would ruin the shidduch opportunities of their other childrenJanuary 20, 2019 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm #1664794
The potential for abuse in the mental healthcare system is ignored entirely.January 20, 2019 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm #1664861
What is the link the the forum or name of the forumJanuary 23, 2019 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #1667314
The little I knowParticipant
You wrote: “Unfortunately, too many families have let mental issues go untreated and unacknowledged because they were worried it would ruin the shidduch opportunities of their other children”
You are certainly correct about that. What these families forget is that a psychiatric illness can be better covered up and kept secret if it is treated and there is absence of symptoms. Otherwise, one can safely say that there is no history of psychiatric illness, but the candidate is nuts. That actually reduces chance for a successful shidduch.
Having noted this, withholding such information to facilitate a shidduch is, in my opinion, criminal behavior. I believe the Chofetz Chaim spoke about this, and that withholding such information is wrong. I leave it for others to quote the citation from the CC.January 23, 2019 3:00 pm at 3:00 pm #1667327
People have also kept (or tried to keep) heart conditions, deafness, Down’s Syndrome, diabetes, and limps secret so that it wouldn’t affect sibling’s shidduchim.
Keeping information secret in shidduchim is a serious issue, as it can result in a mekach taos.January 23, 2019 5:13 pm at 5:13 pm #1667363
Not every secret causes a shidduch to fall into the halachic category of mekach taos. In fact, most don’t.January 23, 2019 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm #1667522
… and I see [the judgement of] G-d from my flesh.
Iyov 19:26January 24, 2019 12:03 am at 12:03 am #1667545
Joseph, the serious ones do.
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