According to a recently published study carried out by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, adults who attend Shul regularly live longer than their peers who do no.
The study was based on a Bureau of Statistics survey conducted in 1997, for which 5,000 Israeli men and women aged 60 and above were interviewed about their way of life.
Data showed that the death rate was 75 percent higher among the group that did not attend Shul than it was among the group that attended Shul regularly.
There is no clear-cut explanation for the Shul attendance effect, but researchers outlined two main possibilities.
“One explanation is spiritual, that is, the individual faith factor. “A series of studies that have been conducted in recent years, especially in the United States, argue that faith helps people deal with psychological pressure. People who believe and pray apparently survive longer.”
They also noted that since religious Jews do not drive on Shabbos, a person who goes to Shul regularly must be able to walk, and hence is healthier.
(Complete Article on Haaretz Website)