Gelya Frank, Carol Sue Bernardo, Shonna Tropper, Frank Noguchi, Carey Lipman, Beth Maulhardt, Laura Weitze; Jewish Spirituality Through Actions in Time: Daily Occupations of Young Orthodox Jewish Couples in Los Angeles. Am J Occup Ther 1997;51(3):199-206. doi: 10.5014/ajot.51.3.199.
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Ethnographic methods were used to study daily occupations and weekly routines of four young Orthodox Jewish couples living in Los Angeles. Data from interviews and participant observation demonstrate the importance to the couples of fulfilling God’s commandments [Hebrew, mitzvot], which organize and sanctify the otherwise mundane activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, sleeping, and rising. The article focuses on the couples’ experiences in (a) observing the Sabbath, (b) studying and praying, and (c) keeping a kosher home. Orthodox Jewish ritual, practice, and spirituality are time bound and action oriented. Occupational therapists can benefit from understanding how Orthodox Jews invest and experience spiritual meaning in seemingly mundane occupations and routines.
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