The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Jewish tradition is concerned with the health and well-being of the mind. Maimonides wrote, "When one is overpowered by imagination, prolonged meditation and avoidance of social contact, which he never exhibited before, or when one avoids pleasant experiences which were in him before, the physician should do nothing before he improves the soul by removing the extreme emotions." Before addressing a person's physical needs, physicians must first attend to the patient's emotional and mental needs. In the traditional mi she-beirakh prayer for the sick, we pray for a refuah sheleimah-a complete recovery-which includes both refuat ha-nefesh u'refuat haguf, a healing of the soul and the body. Judaism acknowledges a distinction between mental and physical health. However, tradition treats them on an equal plane, recognizing that both a healthy body and a healthy mind are necessary for human beings to be complete.