Yehuda Ben-Yishay, Pioneer in Treating Mind Accidents, Dies at 88

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Yehuda Ben-Yishay was born on Feb. 11, 1933, in Cluj, a metropolis within the Transylvania area of western Romania. His father, Chaim Ben-Yishay, was a businessman; his mom, Leah (Finkelstein) Ben-Yishay, was a seamstress.

His household went by World Battle II largely unscathed. Although a whole bunch of hundreds of fellow Romanian Jews died throughout the Holocaust, a whole bunch of hundreds survived, particularly these within the southern reaches of Transylvania, the place the household had moved shortly earlier than the warfare.

The Ben-Yishays have been keen Zionists, and in 1946 they boarded a transformed cattle ship with about 2,000 different Jews certain for Palestine. The British authorities had banned such mass migration, and on arrival Yehuda he and his two brothers and sister have been separated from their mother and father as they have been positioned in refugee camps.

After Israel’s independence in 1948, Dr. Ben-Yishay served within the Nahal, part of the Israel Protection Pressure that constructed agricultural settlements. He later attended Hebrew College in Jerusalem, hoping to review psychology, however there was nobody to show it: Arab guerrillas had murdered the top of the division and several other colleagues in 1948.

Dr. Ben-Yishay studied sociology as an alternative, graduating in 1957. He received a scholarship to the New Faculty for Social Analysis in Manhattan and arrived on the finish of that yr.

To cowl his dwelling bills, he taught Hebrew and labored with retirees, together with at a summer season camp in Brewster, N.Y. There he met Myrna Pitterman; they married in 1960 and had three sons, Ari, Ron and Seth. All survive him alongside along with his brothers, Yisrael and Meir; his sister, Pnina; and eight grandchildren.

On the New Faculty, Dr. Ben-Yishay fell underneath the steerage of a German émigré psychologist named Kurt Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein insisted that sufferers with traumatic accidents may get better solely in a “holistic” setting, which might bear in mind not solely their bodily well-being but additionally their emotional and religious well being.

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