(PB) Ashkenazi Herbalism: Rediscovering the Herbal Traditions of Eastern European Jews: By Deatra Cohen, Adam Siegel

(PB) Ashkenazi Herbalism: Rediscovering the Herbal Traditions of Eastern European Jews: By Deatra Cohen, Adam Siegel

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From time immemorial, humans have looked to the natural world, which we always have been a part of, in order to heal ourselves. In this respect the Jews of Eastern Europe were no different from any other people. If anything, what set many Eastern European Jewish communities apart by the twentieth century was a reluctance to embrace the modern era and all the advantages promised by its technologies, including medicine. Had the Second World War not destroyed their communities, the natural healing traditions that had kept Eastern European Jews resilient for centuries would still be known today. Instead, this essential part of their history has been long obscured and, consequently, utterly forgotten by posterity. But who were the Eastern European Jews, and what evidence remains of their traditional healing practices?