As rabbi Menachem Mendel said, "There is nothing so whole as a broken heart." When we say broken heart, we are not just talking about love because hearts can break for so many reasons. Judaism teaches us that being whole means allowing ourselves to be broken. Illness, pain and heartbreak are part of life, but Judaism can help us get through it.

Moses wandered for 40 years and never got to Israel. That's heartbreak.

For As Long As There Have Been People, They Have Needed Healing

The first healing prayer ever, as far as we know, can be found in the Torah. It is Moses’ prayer for healing for his sister, Miriam, who had become ill with leprosy. (Spoiler alert – the prayer works and Miriam is healed.) This prayer is commonly chanted everywhere from synagogues to Jewish meditation classes. It’s quite beautiful. And short.

Ana El Na R’fa Na La
Please God, I ask, hear her now.

Seriously? You're asking if Jews know heartbreak?

Iyar: A Whole Month Of Healing!

The Jewish calendar dedicates one whole month to healing! It’s called Iyar. Iyar is the second month of the Jewish calendar, which comes during April/May on the secular calendar. It’s known as the month of natural healing because the name, Iyar, is an acronym for “I am God your healer.” But the important part as far as JewBelong is concerned is that Judaism recognizes the need for healing so deeply that we’re given a lot of time for it.


A famous rabbi said: There is nothing as whole as a broken heart. Of course, the rabbi had a date to his sister's wedding.

Heartbreak Readings

To Do List (After The Breakup)

-Rupi Kaur

“Whatever you do, do not call…” and 14 more solid pieces of advice to get you through a break-up.

First line: 1. Take refuge in your bed. Last line: 16. Breathe…

I Will Tell You About Selfish People

-Rupi Kaur

Bet you are going to have an overwhelming urge to forward this reading. Be our guest.

First line: I will tell you about selfish people. Last line: And this is how you lose her…

And Once The Storm Is Over

-Haruki Murakami

Once you get past the heartbreak, you won’t be the same person as when it started…thank god.

First line: And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. Last line: That’s what this storm’s all about…

Healing Is F*#king Messy

-Tanya Markul

Healing sure is f*#king messy, but it’s better than not healing.

First line: Healing is f*#king messy. Last line: So don’t worry about fixing any part of you and let your wicked shambles raise the goddamn roof on this whole thing…

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