January 20, 2023

Wounds into Wisdom: A Conversation About Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma with Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone and Dr. Gabor Maté

In this beautiful conversation, two impassioned trauma specialists and authors, Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone and Dr. Gabor Maté, shared personal experiences and professional challenges working with the burgeoning field of trauma healing across generations. They discussed their families, what propelled them to the work they do, and the transformation that is possible in ourselves and the world when we heal the wounds of the past. Rabbi Firestone’s award-winning book, Wounds into Wisdom, newly released in paperback, and Dr. Maté’s best-selling The Myth of Normal have both been lauded as foundational works and informed this candid conversation between renowned colleagues.

Facilitated by Lab/Shul founder Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie.
Co-hosted by Ayin Press, Monkfish, Lab/Shul, and Science & Nonduality (SAND).


To learn more & stay in touch:

Find the new paperback edition of Wounds into Wisdom here or at your local independent bookstore.

Stay in touch with Rabbi Tirzah Firestone and receive a free download of the intro to Wounds into Wisdom by signing up here. Follow her on Instagram and enter for a free book giveaway!

Find Dr. Maté’s most recent book and international bestseller, The Myth of Normal, here.

Learn more about Dr. Maté’s work & sign up for his newsletter.


Dr. Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after twenty years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The best-selling author of four books published in thirty languages, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His fifth book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture, was released on September 13, 2022. To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, is an author, Jungian psychotherapist, leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement, and renowned Jewish scholar and teacher. Widely known for her groundbreaking work on Kabbalah, depth psychology, intergenerational trauma healing, and the re-integration of the feminine wisdom tradition within Judaism, Rabbi Tirzah lectures and teaches nationally about spiritual and ancient wisdom practices that are honed to assist us at this critical time in world history. Her latest work, Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (Monkfish, 2019) is the recipient of the 2020 Nautilus Book Award (Gold) in Psychology, and the Jewish Women’s Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology 2020 book award. www.tirzahfirestone.com | @tirzahfire