Judaism and Counseling

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About the author:
Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer is a Maggid Shiur at Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Monsey, NY and a Rebbe at the Mesivta of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (commonly known as MTA) in New York. He is also an editor at Artscroll/Mesorah Publications, at work on the Daily Dose project. Rabbi Bechhofer has served as a Rav, Rebbe and Rosh Kollel in the Chicago and New York areas.

Rabbi Bechhofer is one of the few individuals to have served as Maggid Shiur for both Daf Yomi Bavli and Daf Yomi Yerushalmi, completing both. He is also a senior lecturer for the Aishdas Society, an association devoted to more profound understanding and experience of all aspects of Talmud Torah and Avodas Hashem. He has served as a guest Maggid Shiur, scholar in residence, and lecturer in numerous venues, including Alberta, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Ontario, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, Israel and England. He is a prolific author. He has published many essays in major Orthodox Jewish periodicals. His published seforim are: The Contemporary Eruv: Eruvin in Modern Metropolitan Areas, Bigdei Shesh on Bava Basra, and Bigdei Shesh on Sefer Shoftim. Well over one thousand tapes of his lectures and shiurim (including the entire Yerushalmi) are available on tape and online (see aishdas.org/rygb).

Rabbi Bechhofer learned in many yeshivos, including Sha'alvim, Ner Yisroel and both Mirrer yeshivos. He received Semicha from Rabbi Yitzchok Koolitz, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, and Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, Av Beis Din of Jerusalem. He holds an M.S. in Education (concentration in Counseling and Guidance) from Johns Hopkins University. Rabbi Bechhofer and his wife, Dr. Shani M. Bechhofer, a professor of Jewish Education, have six children and live in Monsey.

Many of Rabbi Bechhofer's shiurim and lectures are available online in either audio or video formats at:


Judaism and Counseling

Authored by Rabb Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer

The paper examines various aspects of the relationship between Judaism and counseling, including: theories of personality and development, counseling and psychotherapeutic processes, and special issues and concerns in dealing with the Jewish community. The paper
is based on a comprehensive review of both Judaic and counseling
literature, and points at many similarities, as well as some differences, in theory and practice.

Publication Date:
1466266023 / 9781466266025
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Psychology / Psychotherapy / Counseling

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