There are no doctors mentioned in the Torah!
Which is kind of strange, because all sorts of illnesses are mentioned in the Torah - from Tzaarat (which is usually incorrectly translated as 'leprosy', even though it really wasn't that at all); to plagues; to chronic illnesses, to infertility, and a few other things, besides.
Every few pages, I was coming up with some serious health stuff, like:
- Sarah and Avraham's severe fertility issues
- Yitzhak's blindness
- Rachel dying in child-labour
- The 10 plagues of Egypt
- Miriam getting struck with Tzaarat in the desert
- 24,000 Shimonites dying in another plague
Clearly, illness has been around for thousands of years, but doctors, apparently, have not.
Now, did you ever wonder why that is? I mean, we all know that the Torah is not just a nice story, or a historical treatise; it's a Divinely-authored guide to live, and its message is as relevant to us today, as it was 3,500 years ago.
(Don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to stop going to doctors…breathe out.)
But the point I'm trying to make is that if something isn't coded into the blueprint for the world, ie, the Torah, that means it's not a real phenomenon, and we need to give it a bit more scrutiny, and not just accept it at face-value.
If SICKNESS is all over the Torah, and HEALING is also all over the Torah (but surprisingly, never in connection with the medical profession) - then that should be enough to make a believing person pause for thought, at least a little.
As I was pondering this, I went over to my new favourite website, dictionary.com, to look up the definitions for 'Naturopath' and 'Doctor'. This is what is said:
NATUROPATH: A system or method of treating disease that employs no surgery or synthetic drugs, but uses special diets, herbs, vitamin and massage, etc to assist the natural healing process.
DOCTOR: A person licensed to practice medicine as a physician, surgeon, dentist or vet.
Again, to state the obvious, the first description is talking about actually healing illnesses, and the second description is something you'd write on your CV, or mortgage application.
So now, dear reader, let me turn it over to you: What do you think it all means? How do you think it's relevant to us, in 2015, and our healthcare issues? And why are there no doctors mentioned anywhere in the Torah?