Bibliotherapy and Teaching Jewish Texts: “Medicine for the Mind”

Howard Deitcher*

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Bibliotherapy is an educational approach that attempts to engage learners in meaningful discussions about relevant, compelling, and complex issues that they confront in their lives. Bibliotherapy begins with reading and reflecting on stories that can draw participants into a process of reflection, in ways that are user friendly and non-threatening. This study examines the unique educational features of bibliotherapy, and then proposes a model for implementing this approach in teaching Jewish texts. In the study's final section, we describe a teaching unit that demonstrates how to introduce bibliotherapy into the teaching about death and mourning in Jewish schools.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalReligious Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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