With heartfelt gratitude to G‑d for the warm and positive reception the first two volumes in this series received, we hereby present the third and final volume of Healthy in Mind, Body and Spirit — A Guide to Good Health, based on the teachings and writings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. These volumes present a broad, representative selection of the Rebbe’s advice and insights on physical and mental health.

While volume one dealt with health issues of a general nature and volume two with specific physical health issues, this final and concluding volume deals with specific issues of mental health.

Since, as the Rebbe so often indicated, the physical and spiritual health of a Jew are inextricably intertwined, many of the Rebbe’s responses and comments also relate to a Jew’s spiritual wellbeing. This is particularly true regarding mental health, as mental and spiritual health and wellbeing are so very often interrelated.

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Most of the material assembled in this work consists of private responses to individuals. It must therefore be borne in mind that the Rebbe’s answer to one individual does not necessarily apply at all to another, for, as the Rebbe once wrote,1It is patently obvious2 that a directive to an individual does not serve at all as a directive to the public, even when the issues are the same.”

Moreover, some of the responses to individuals are not necessarily the Rebbe’s final word on the matter, particularly since the Rebbe would encourage the use of the latest medical advances, procedures and medications, some of which were not extant at the time he offered those responses.

What we have done to try to resolve this latter difficulty is to quote numerous responses, even though some may appear different from others. The dates or sources cited may be of benefit in distinguishing the Rebbe’s later responses. So, too, by noting that numerous answers are written in the same vein, we have an indication of the Rebbe’s overall approach to a specific issue or matter.

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Knowledge of the Rebbe’s directives on healing echoes the theme of a letter that the Rebbe wrote before accepting the mantle of leadership. There he writes with regard to the Previous Rebbe:3 “There is a Rebbe among the Jewish people and he is not bound at all by the limitations of nature. A person who wishes to proceed on a secure path with regard to crucial life decisions should not lift his hand without asking the Rebbe. When a person is confused or confronted by fundamental life questions, he must know that the Jewish people have not been left without succor. There is someone to ask....

“He should not rely solely on his own understanding..., nor on the doctor. ...These are approaches that involve doubt. He has a sure path where he can clarify his doubts.... And when he follows [the Rebbe’s] directives, he will succeed.”

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To conclude on a personal note: This final volume of the series is dedicated to my dear friends, Dr. Stanley Brand, Dr. Eric Kulick and Dr. Michael Sokol, eminent healers of “body, mind and spirit,” who assisted me greatly in this three-volume work. May G‑d grant them all continued success in their respective medical specialties, coupled with continued good health and much Yiddishe nachas from their families.

May our study of these volumes of the Rebbe’s teachings and directives strengthen our continued spiritual bond with him, and enable us to merit “the all-encompassing healing that will come in the Ultimate Future, in the era of Mashiach; may he come speedily in our days.”4

Sholom B. Wineberg
Overland Park, Kansas

Nissan 2, 5767
Yahrtzeit of the Rebbe Nishmaso Eden, the Rebbe Rashab,
Rabbi Sholom Dovber Schneersohn, of blessed memory,
the Fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe