Health

Efrat

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Written by: Erin Parfet
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efrat centerEfrat, a nonpartisan, nonprofit pregnancy center founded by Herschel Feigenbaum, a Holocaust survivor who passionately believed that “children are our future," Based in a quiet Jerusalem neighborhood, the pregnancy center was built on the ashes of the Holocaust, striving to promote childbirth to raise up the next generation of Jewish children after so many were lost in the Holocaust.

Jewish Medical Ethics

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Throughout history, there have been various moral codes of medical ethics outlined by the Code of Hammurabi, Egyptian medical dictations on papyrus, various writings originating from early Greece and the Far Eastern Orient, and the various teachings of modern secular humanism. Jewish medical ethics, meanwhile, is based on the ancient, timeless teachings of the Torah and Talmud.

Mi Shebeirach

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Mi Shebeirach is a traditional Hebrew prayer for healing, prayed publicly on behalf of another person who is ill. It starts with calling upon the God of our ancestors to physically and spiritually bless, restore, and heal the sick, and asks for God’s compassion and timeliness in healing the afflictions of those who are suffering. Mi Shebeirach is applicable if one’s suffering is emotional or mental and is not limited to physical afflictions. The prayer is derived from "mi" and shebeirach," meaning "the One who blessed." There are slightly different versions when praying for males or females due to the use of gender in the Hebrew language, which may not be the case in other languages.