NewsBriefs: Study Connects Longevity to Synagogue Attendance


August 22, 2007

A study published by the European Journal of Aging may soon become responsible for a dramatic rise in the shul-goer population. According to a report in Israeli's daily left-wing Ha’aretz, the study found evidence that people who attend synagogue live longer.

The study attributes these findings to two possibilities, namely the social benefit of regular synagogue participation that provides the individual with a sense of purpose and place in his community, and the spiritual factor.

"A series of studies that have been conducted in recent years, especially in the United States, argue that faith helps people deal with psychological pressure. People who believe and pray apparently survive longer," the report quotes Professor Howard Litwin of Hebrew University, who conducted the study. 

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