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TOPIC TITLE: Tefillin and Schizophrenia
Created On 6/13/06 1:17 AM
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hisbonenus
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6/13/06 1:17 AM
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I thought I'd share something very interesting I found. A new volume of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (zchuso yagain oleinu) letters was just published, volume 27. There is a letter there adressed to someone with schizophrenia. There the Rebbe suggests:

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To the one in need of the Bracha, and also the parents, they should be extra careful in the mitzva of Tefillin. The connection is understood simply... Because the meaning of this Mitzvah, and subsequently also the reward for keeping it (measure for measure), [are directly connected to this problem:]

Whatever the cause may be, schitzophrenia is misinterpreting reality. The way the sick person perceives things in his mind is not the same as his actual circumstances. Therefore, 1) feelings are created as per his perception, fear, paranoia, etc. and 2) at times these feelings can change completely, from baseless fear to baseless elation, etc.

Part of the Mitzvah and its effect on the person is supposed to be to subjugate the heart (the feelings) and the mind (the intellect) to Elokim Emes, Hashem Who is truth, upon Whom it says "Ani Hashem Lo Shinisi," "I Hashem do not change." It therefore synchronizes the intellect and the feeling to the true and consistent reality (Hashem's reality).


In other words, he becomes connected with the true, unchanging reality, and that affects HIS reality also to be true and unchanging. It's also obvious that even a female who has this illness, by encouraging family members to be involved in this Mitzvah properly (as in all Mitzvos, when encouraging someone else you take a share in it) she can also benefit.
 
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chocolatemoose sarag
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1/20/07 10:41 AM
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That is great . thank you for bringing this message.
 
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