“I Would Consult a Doctor, But What the Rabbi Says Goes”: Ultra-Orthodox Jews’ Relationships with Rabbis and Doctors in Israel

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, Fany Yuval, Aviad Tur-Sinai

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Abstract

We examine relationships among ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jews, their doctors, and rabbis when medical decisions are made. Analyzing excerpts from sixteen focus groups with 128 ultra-Orthodox Jews, we determine how their belief system affects their decisions about whom to trust and follow when the doctor’s instructions contradict the rabbi’s advice. We argue that the strict behaviors described here with regard to relations among doctors, rabbis, and patients, function as social capital that raises the status of ultra-Orthodox Jews as members of an exclusive club that balances health decisions with the social demand to obey their religious leaders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1905-1933
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Club theory
  • Listening guide
  • Medical decisions
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • General Nursing

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