Praying is Good for your Health

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5 Responses

  1. Michael Kopinsky says:

    Going for kiddush will most certainly not increase your lifespan.

    What do they have at a kiddush?

    Carbs, alcohol, and cholent. Hardly healthy foods!

  2. Ori Pomerantz says:

    Note that it doesn’t address specific religions. Praying for Avodah Zara might be every bit as effective when it comes to health.

  3. mb says:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060330/ap_on_he_me/prayer_study

    Seems that it doesn’t work at all.Largest study ever.

  4. Yaakov Menken says:

    MB, That study shows only that being prayed for by a random stranger shows no statistical improvement. I wouldn’t place bets against a bracha from a Gadol (great scholar) so quickly.

    But in any case, the topic of the article I wrote about is the effect of prayer on your own lifespan, which, statistically speaking, tacks on more than a year.

  5. mb says:

    R.Menken,
    I agree with your points regarding personal prayer and longevity etc. But as a community we are often asked to pray for people we don’t know.

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