Maybe you want to attend events at Congregation Bene Shalom, but one thought like this gives you pause. What if I was not raised Jewish (or religious)?
No worries, here is a short overview of explanations for commonly used words in relation to Jewish rituals.
"that which is received," the Kabbalah comprises a series of esoteric traditions dating back to biblical times and is still very much alive today. It deals with subjects such as the creation of the world, the nature of God, the ecstatic mystical experience, the coming messianic era, and the nature of the afterlife. Ultimately, the Kabbalah represents the Jewish form of what all mystical traditions strive for; a direct and intimate knowledge of the divine on a level beyond that of the intellect.
Mitzvah is something that God wants you to do. Also referred to as a Bar (male) or Bat (female) Mitzvah, but B'nai encompasses the plural, generic meaning either, or for someone who identifies as non-binary to use a more inclusive language. This happens when a person begins journey as Jewish adult. When growing up in a Jewish household, this happens usually at 13 years old. However, anyone at any age can have a B'nai Mitzvah.
The most common prayer for the healing of loved ones mind/body/spirit is the Mi Shebeirach.
Merciful one, restore them, heal them, strengthen them, enliven them. Send them a complete healing from the heavenly realm, a healing of body and a healing of soul, together with all who are ill soon, speedily, without delay; and let us say: Amen!
In 1988 Debbie Friedman wrote a song that is sung in many services, as a way to pray for those in need of healing for various ailments.