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Is There a Jewish Source for Sun Healing?

Is There a Jewish Source for Sun Healing?



I am curious to know if there is a Biblical source for the healing power of the sun?


We know that Vitamin D is manufactured by the interaction between the skin and sunlight, and that the main role of vitamin D is to increase absorption of calcium in the digestive tract.

Looking to Biblical sources for the sun’s healing power, we find the following episode: In Genesis, the story is told of the battle between Jacob and the angel of his wicked brother Esau. This wrestling match lasted throughout the night with the two opponents locked in a head-to-head competition. As dawn approached, Jacob’s nemesis took a cheap shot below the belt, dislocating Jacob’s hip and giving him a limp.

After the above story, the verse states (32:32), “And the sun shone for him.” Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, known as Rashi, asks in his classical commentary: What do the words “for him” mean? When the sun shines, is it not shining for everyone?! He answers by telling us that the sun had risen for Jacob’s benefit, “for him,” in order to heal his hip.

Could this be an allusion to one of the wonderful healing mechanisms that G‑d has implanted in the natural world?

The sun is indeed a recognized source of health and healing in the Jewish tradition. In the book of Malachi, it states (3:20): “And the sun of mercy shall rise with healing in its wings.”

We are told that the light that illuminated the world during the six days of creation was removed from the world. The sun is only a minute fraction of this original light (1/60th to be exact). In the Jewish description of messianic times, this divine light will return to the world once again for us to enjoy. If the sun contains such incredible powers to heal, can you imagine what the “original light” will be able to do?

Daniel Wasserman is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Hollywood, FL, and is an adjunct professor at Touro College. He has lectured extensively on the topic of Judaism, healthcare and alternative medicine.
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January 1, 2014
The healing sun
And in the beginning there was darkness.... Hashem creates sunlight and puts us naked under that sunlight in order for us not just to survive but to thrive,

I have been battling the "Sick Care System" for 30 years and 30 years ago I asked "Think sunlight is bad? Try living without it!" The pharmaceutical companies need to keep us sick so they can sell us treatments. Healthy people don't buy treatments. They also won't let us die in dignity choosing instead to "treatment" our soulless bodies ad infinitum!
The body heals itself through the production of ATP at the cellular level and the production is activated by a ray of sunlight called Infrared that has the unique ability to penetrate deep into the layers of flesh and bone and activate those particular cells.

Mori goldlist
Mori Goldlist
Richmond Hill ON
January 1, 2012
Is there not some connection...
to Abraham, and his sitting outside on the third day after his circumcision?
Chicago, IL
December 31, 2011
A Selective Interpetation?
While there may indeed be a biblical source for "the healing power of the sun", I think your interpetation is a bit selective. When I look at 32:27 in the Jacob story, it has the man/Divine Being saying "Let me go, for dawn is breaking" ,suggesting that the Divine Being needs to leave because of the sun. In 32:32, the pusic you reference Rashi, it says "limping on his hip". If the sun helped Jacob, why was he limping?
You also call the Divine Being Esau's Angel, from Berasis Raba I believe. Other commentators have other ideas (i.e. the Rashbam, who has a much more interesting,and less pointed, interpetation of this man/Divine Being.) Does it do the Torah justice by presented such a subjective and limited interpetation?
Sun Lakes, AZ
December 27, 2011
keep up the amazing work!