Cupping in Jewish Life and Law

A form of folk medicine now in the news thanks to Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps, cupping has a long history in Judaism.

Cupping marks on the shoulders of Michael Phelps as he celebrates winning the gold medal in the men’s 200-meter butterfly at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File.

Cupping marks on the shoulders of Michael Phelps as he celebrates winning the gold medal in the men’s 200-meter butterfly at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File.

Observation
Aug. 24 2016
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