Be Careful and Watch Yourselves: Public Health in Jewish Teachings

  • Akiva Turner Nova Southeastern University Department of Health Science
Keywords: religion, public health, Judaism, disease prevention

Abstract

In this brief article, the author will focus on primary prevention as discussed in Jewish religious texts regarding halacha (Jewish law) and will briefly explore Jewish approaches to wellness and primary disease prevention. This exploration will demonstrate how Judaism views primary disease prevention. These views are consistent with medical and public health but are driven by a divine purpose.

Author Biography

Akiva Turner, Nova Southeastern University Department of Health Science

Chair and Profressor, Department of Health Science

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Published
2019-05-27