Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka
Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka
received his Rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi
Jacob Joseph Rabbinical Seminary in New York, and
his Ph.D.degree from the University of Ottawa in
1971, concentrating on the Logotherapy of Viktor
Frankl. Rabbi, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Ottawa,
Host of the TV series, In Good Faith (New RO) and
weekly Radio call-in program Sunday Night with Rabbi
Bulka (CFRA). Author and/or Editor of 31 books.
contributed scholarly and popular articles to various
journals, including AMHC Forum, Analecta Frankliana,
Chronicle Review, Hadarom, Humanitas, International
Forum for Logotherapy, Journal of Ecumenical Studies,
Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Journal
of Humanistic Psychology, Journal of Religion and
Health, Judaism, L'Eylah, Midstream, Pastoral Psychology,
Tradition, and Voices.
and Editor, Journal of Psychology and Judaism.
Member, Editorial Boards, Tradition, Journal of
Religion and Health, International Forum for Logotherapy,
Contributing Editor - Viewpoints - The National
Canadian Jewish Monthly Periodical, The Jewish Spectator.
Regular Contributor, "Ask the Religion Experts,"
Chairman of the RCA Publications Committee.
Chairman, National Rabbinic Cabinet, State of Israel
President, International Rabbinic Forum of Keren
HaYesod - United Israel Appeal
Chairman, Religious and Inter-Religious Affairs
Committee, Canadian Jewish Congress.
Member of Executive, Canadian Jewish Congress.
Co-Chairman, Ottawa World Jewry Committee (formerly
Ottawa Soviet Jewry Committee)
Chaplain, Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian
Advisor, Bereaved Families of Ontario.
Member, Pastoral Care Advisory Committee, Children's
Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Member, Pastoral Care Committee, Royal Ottawa Hospital.
Founder, Clergy for a United Canada.
Member, National Yes Committee for Canadian Constitutional
Member, Children's Aid Society of Ottawa-Carleton
Recipient, Canada 125 Medal, January, 1993.
Recipient, Mayor's Award for Community Service,
Member, Board of Trustees, Children's Hospital of
Chairman, Religious Advisory Committee, United Way/Centraide
Chairman, Organ Donation Committee of the Kidney
Foundation for Eastern Ontario.
Member of Board, Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation.
First Recipient, United Way/Centraide Volunteer
to Naomi, of blessed memory (died May 18, 2001) (Jakobovits),
and father of Yocheved Ruth (married to Moshe Shonek),
Shmuel Refael (married to Chani Hook), Rena Dvorah
(married to Yehuda Levy), Eliezer Menachem (married
to Haviva Yeres), and Binyamin David.
by Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka
The Wit and Wisdom of the Talmud. Mt. Vernon, New
York: Peter Pauper Press, 1974. (Second Printing,
2. Logotherapy in Action. Co-Editor with Joseph Fabry
and William Sahakian. New York: Jason Aronson, 1979.
3. s and Medics: A Comparison of al and
Psychotherapeutic Encounters (Ed.). New York: Human
Sciences Press, 1979.
4. Sex and the Talmud: Reflections on Human Relations.
Mt. Vernon, New York: Peter Pauper Press, 1979.
5. The Quest for Ultimate Meaning: Principles and
Applications of Logotherapy. New York: Philosophical
6. As a Tree by the Waters - Pirkey Avoth: Psychological
and Philosophical Insights. New York: Feldheim, 1980.
Reprinted as part of Jewish Classics Series by Jason
7. Holocaust Aftermath: Continuing Impact on the Generations
(Ed.). New York: Human Sciences Press, 1981.
8. A Psychology-Judaism Reader. With Moshe HaLevi
Spero as Co-Editor. Springfield, Illinois: Charles
C. Thomas, 1982.
9. Dimensions of North American Orthodox Judaism (Ed.).
New York: Ktav Publishing Company, 1983.
10. Torah Therapy: Reflections on the Weekly Sedra
and Special Occasions. New York: Ktav Publishing Company,
11. The Coming Cataclysm: The Orthodox-Reform Rift
and the Future of the Jewish People. Oakville, Ontario:
Mosaic Press, 1984. Second Edition, 1986.
12. Loneliness. Toronto: Guidance Centre of University
of Toronto, 1984.
13. The Haggadah for Pesah. With Translation and Thematic
Commentary. Jerusalem: Pri Haaretz Publications, 1985.
14. Jewish Marriage: A Halakhic Ethic. Hoboken, New
Jersey: Ktav Publishing Company, 1986.
15. The Jewish Pleasure Principle. New York: Human
Sciences Press, 1986. (Paperback edition, 1989).
16. Individual, Family, Community: Judeo-Psychological
Perspectives. Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press, 1989.
17. What You Thought You Knew About Judaism: 341 Common
Misconceptions about Jewish Life. Northvale,N.J.:Jason
18. Uncommon Sense for Common Problems. Toronto: Lugus
19. Critical Psychological Issues: Judaic Perspectives.
Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1992.
20. Pesach: Its Meaning and Purpose. New York: Rabbinical
Council of America Publications Committee, 1992.
21. Jewish Divorce Ethics: The Right Way to Say Goodbye.
Ogdensberg, New York: Ivy League Press, 1992.
22. More Torah Therapy: Further Reflections on the
Weekly Sedra and Special Occasions. Hoboken,N.J.:Ktav
Publishing Company, 1993.
23. More of What You Thought You Knew About Judaism:
354 Misconceptions About Jewish Life. Northvale, N.J.:
Jason Aronson, 1993.
One Man, One Woman, One Lifetime: An Argument for
Moral Tradition. LaFayette, Louisiana: Huntington
25. The RCA Lifecycle Madrikh. New York: Mesorah Publications,
26. Sermonic Wit. Jerusalem: Keren HaYesod, 1995.
27. Tefilah v'Tikvah - Prayer and Hope. Hoboken, New
Jersey: Ktav Publishing Company, 1997.
28. The Shiv'ah Visit. The Rabbi Isaac N. Trainin
Coordinating Council on Bikur Cholim. Jewish Board
of Family & Children's Services, New York, New
York, 1998 (Short Monograph).
29. An Unforgettable Hour: Congregation Machzikei
Hadas Receives a Coat of Arms. Ottawa, 1998.
30. Judaism on Illness and Suffering. Northvale, New
Jersey: Jason Aronson Publications, 1998.
31. Answers to Questions of the Spirit. Mosaic Press,
32. Best Kept Secrets of Judaism. Targum Press, 2002.
33. More Answers to Questions of the Spirit. Mosaic
34. Modern Folk Judaism. Hoboken, New Jersey: Ktav
Publishing Company, 2003.
and Judaism. Jewish Spectator, September 1972, 37(7),
and Judaism - Some Philosophical Comparisons. Tradition,
Winter-Spring, 1972, 12(3-4), 72-89.
Right About Taking Drugs? Jewish Life, July 1972,
Jewish Identity. Chronicle Review, April 1973, pp.
of "Judaism and Drugs" by Leo Landman. Tradition,
Fall 1973, 14(2), 145-148.
Role of the Individual in Jewish Law. Tradition, Spring
- Summer 1973, 13(4) and 14(1), 124-136.
in Life - Talmudic and Logotherapeutic Affirmations.
Humanitas, February l974, 10(1), 33-41.
Amongst Themselves. Jewish Spectator, Winter 1974,
Ecumenical Ingredient in Logotherapy. Journal of Ecumenical
Studies, Winter 1974, 11(1), 13-24.
Punishment: A Jewish Perspective. Chronicle Review,
July-August 1975, pp. 19-21. Reprinted in Chicago
Sentinel, September 11, 1975, pp. 19-29.
and Talmudic Judaism. Journal of Religion and Health,
October 1975, 14(4), 277-283.
as a Response to the Holocaust. Tradition, Spring-Summer
Contradicts the Bible's Message - An Answer to Toynbee.
Jewish Digest, January 1975, pp. 51-52.
The Problem and the Challenge. Tradition, Summer 1976,
and Transcendence. June 1976, 9, 3-18.
vs. Hypocrisy. Judaism, Spring 1976, 25(2), 209-216.
the Tone: The Psychology-Judaism Dialogue. Journal
of Psychology and Judaism, Fall 1976, 1(1), 3-13.
and Judaism on Death. Tradition, Fall 1977, 16(5),
- A Stop Beyond Freud: Its Relevance for Jewish Thought.
Jewish Life, Fall-Winter 1977-1978, pp. 47-53.
and the Talmud on Suffering: Clinical and Meta-Clinical
Perspectives. Journal of Psychology and Judaism, Fall
1977, 2(1), 31-44.
Capitalism, and Material Success. Perception: A Canadian
Journal of Social Comment, December, 1977, pp. 78-82.
is Responsible for Society's Victims, Criminals and
Losers? RCMP Gazette, 1977, 38, 7-8.
and Logotherapy: Encounter Through Anthology. Journal
of Psychology and Judaism, Fall 1978, 3(1), 58-72.
Logotherapy a Spiritual Therapy? AMHC Forum, January
1978, 30(2), 83-88. (From an address delivered at
the Convention of the Association of Mental Clergy
in Toronto, May 4, 1977).
Logotherapy Authoritarian? Journal of Humanistic Psychology,
Fall 1978, 18(4), 45-54.
Logotherapy as a Mediator Between Psychology and Religion.
Paper presented at Symposium on Psychology and Religion
sponsored by the Psychology Department of the University
of Maryland, Nov. 16, 1978.
Work Situation: Logotherapeutic and Talmudic Perspectives.
Journal of Psychology and Judaism, Spring 1978, 2(2),
Issues in Smoking. Hadarom, Nisan 1979, 48, 53-55.(Hebrew).
on Marriage. In Reuven P. Bulka, Joseph Fabry, and
William Sahakian (Eds.)., Logotherapy in Action. New
York: Jason Aronson, 1979, 171-178.
Attitudes Towards Suicide. Midstream, October 1979,
Role - Some Ultimate Concerns. Tradition, Spring 1979,
Impact on Jewish Life and Thought. The International
Forum for Logotherapy, Spring 1980, 3, 41-43.
Integrated or Compartmentalized. Canadian Jewish Quarterly
Viewpoints, Winter 1980, 10(3), 52-57.
and Judaism - Retrospect and Prospect. In L'Eylah,
Fall 1980, 1(10), 23-26.
Kreplach Phobia. Jewish Digest, September 1980, 26(1),
Upside Down Thumb: Talmudic Thinking and Logotherapy.
Voices, Spring 1980, 16 (1), 70-74.
Paths, Common Thrust - The Shoalogy of Berkovits and
Frankl. Tradition, Winter 1981, 19(4), 322-339.
the Nazis. Tradition, Summer 1981, 19(2), 171-181.
Confusion to Fusion. In E. Mark Stern (Ed.), The Other
Side of the Couch: What Therapists Believe. New York:
Pilgrim Press, 1981, 170-179.
of "The Unheard Cry for Meaning - Psychotherapy
and Humanism." Canadian Journal of Psychiatry,
April 1981, 26(3), p.200.
Some Implications of Jewish Marriage Philosophy for
Marital Breakdown. Pastoral Psychology, Winter 1981,
Last Word When Visiting Mourners. Jewish Digest, July
1981, 26(1), 66-68.
and Judaism - The Future of a Relationship. In S.
Wawrytko (Ed.),Analecta Frankliana. Berkeley, California:
Institute of Logotherapy and Strawberry Press, 1982,
to Tradition Symposium on Orthodoxy. Tradition, Spring
1982, 20(1), 16-20.
Jewish Family: Realities and Prospects. Jewish Life,
Characteristics of Rabbinic Leadership - A Psychological
View. Paper presented at the Rabbinical Council of
America Annual Convention, June 23, 1982.
Logotherapy: Some Implications for Jewish Education.
Paper delivered at Melton Center of Hebrew University
Symposium on Education, June, 1983.
Implications of the Religious Attitude to Conversion
to Judaism. Midstream, October, 1983, 29(8), 32-35.
as an Answer to Burnout. The International Forum for
Logotherapy, 7(1), Spring-Summer 1984, 8-17.
for the Future. In Journal of Jewish Thought: RCA
Jubilee Issue. New York: Rabbinical Council of America,
Rationale for Sacrifice: A Postscript on Abravanel's
Defence of Maimonides. Niv HaMidrishia, 1985-1986,
Vols. 18-19, 41-47.
and Logotherapy.In Frederic Jones & Judith Jones
(Eds.), Personal Conscience and Global Concern. Proceedings
of the Fifth World Congress of Logotherapy. Berkeley,
California: Institute of Logotherapy Press, 1986,
of Rabbinic Leadership - A Psychological View. In
Jonathan Sacks (Ed.), Tradition and Transition: Essays
Presented to Rabbi Sir Immanuel Jakobovits to celebrate
twenty years in office. London: Jews College Publications,1986,
and the State of the Religious Mind. Morasha: A Journal
of Religious Zionism, Spring-Summer 1986, 2(2), 30-33.
and the Human Condition. Midstream, October, 1986,
Considerations Relative to the Halakhah on Transplants.
Salick Lecture Delivered at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,
Los Angeles, March 7, 1986.
A Jewish View. Journal of Religion and Health, Fall
1986, 25(3), 221-226.
Struggle of "Self" within Judaism. Paper
delivered at the lst Conference on Psychology and
Judaism, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, March 9, 1986.
Condensed version published in Journal of Psychology
and Judaism, Fall-Winter 1986, 10(2), pp. 5-18.
to Terror - A Biblical Perspective. Dor Le Dor: Our
Biblical Heritage, Winter 1986/87, 15(2), 125-128.
More Alternatives in the Revelation Dilemma. L'EYLAH,
Rosh Hashanah 5747, 22, 25-30.
From, Guilt Towards. Journal of Psychology and Judaism,
Summer 1987, 11(2), 72-90.
off the Cataclysm. Viewpoints - The Canadian Jewish
Periodical. 1987, 15(1), 6-7.
as a North American Phenomenon: Psychological and
Judaic Perspectives. Journal of Psychology and Judaism,
Fall 1988, 12(3), 119-136.
Love Your Neighbor: Halachic Parameters. The Journal
of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Fall 1988, 16,
Health: Biblical and Talmudic Directives. Koroth,
Vol. 9,Special Issue, 1988, 30-41.
to Suicide - Judaic and Logotherapeutic Perspectives.
Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Volume
3 - Community and Support Systems, 11-23.
the Palestinians the New Jews? Viewpoints: The Canadian
Jewish Periodical. 1989, 17(3), p.5.
Logotherapy: Some Implications for Jewish Education
(Part l). L'EYLAH: A Journal of Judaism Today, April
1989, 27, 43-46.
Blessing - Who Was Deceived? Dor Le Dor: Our Biblical
Heritage, Spring 1989, 17(7), 67, 185-189.
Humor as a Tool of Survival. Pursuit of Meaning: The
Road to Self-Esteem and Social Conscience. The Proceedings
of the Seventh World Congress of Logotherapy. Berkeley,
California: Institute of Logotherapy Press, 1989,
Zionism: An Ideal in Search of a Constituency. In
S. Spero (Ed.), Religious Zionism - After 40 Years
of Statehood, 1989, 16-25.
the American Reality. CAJE - Jewish Education News,
Spring 1989, 25, 27.
to Marriage. In Carol Diament (Ed.), Jewish Marital
Status. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc.,
Future of Modern Orthodoxy. In Jewish Tradition -
National Newspaper of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues
of South Africa, September 1989, 18-19.
Logotherapy: Some Implications for Jewish Education
(Part 2). L'EYLAH: A Journal of Judaism Today, September
1989, 28, 38-41.
Halakah, and Organ Transplatation. Tradition, Winter
1989, 24(2), 3-16.
Jewry: A Crisis in Compassion. Viewpoints - The Canadian
Jewish Periodical, 1989, 17(4), 4-5.
Perspective in Organ Transplatation. Paper presented
to International Conference on Transplantation and
Health. Ottawa, August, 1989.
and Self Esteem - Between Convergence and Divergence.
Pastoral Sciences,1989, 8, 99-112.
Be Good or Evil: Which is More Natural? Journal of
Psychology and Judaism, Summer l990, 14(2) 53-71.
Selling of the Birthright. The Jewish Bible Quarterly:
Dor Le Dor, Winter 1990, 2(74). 100-104.
of Jewish Marriage. In Bezalel Safran and Eliyahu
Safran (eds.). Porat Yosef: Studies Presented to Rabbi
Dr. Joseph Safran. Hoboken, New Jersey: Ktav Publishing
House Inc., 1992, 17-30.
Religiously Legitimate? Midstream, December
Divorce Ethics. Jewish Spectator, Winter 1993-4, 58(3),
Honoring Parents--The Extents and the Limits. The
Orthodox Roundtable, October/November 1994 (Heshvan/Kislev
to Tradition Symposium on Religious Zionism Revisited.
Tradition, Winter 1994, 28(4), 15-18.
Question of Choice in Contemporary Ethics - Issues
Confronting Canadian Society. In Death: The Question
of Choice. Proceedings of March 11, 1994 Conference
at Ottawa Westin Hotel, edited by Dr. Bruce Mills,
Ottawa: REACH, 33-38.
Confronts Kevorkianism. Journal Des Viktor-Frankl-Instituts:
An International Journal for Logotherapy and Existential
Analysis, Fall 1994, 2(2), 18-18.
Parents and Children. The Jewish Bible Quarterly,
October-December, 1995, 23(4), 233-237.
Choices for Hard Times. Midstream. December 1995,
on Auto-Matic. Jewish Spectator, Winter 1995-6, 60(3),
Most Delicate Mitzvah: Marital Challenges Related
to Taharat Hamishpachah. In Total Immersion, edited
by Rivkah Slonim, Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson
Books, 1995, 64-75.
and The "Who is a Jew" Crisis, Next Round.
Jewish Spectator, Winter 1996-97, 59-60.
in Separateness: Understanding Taharat Ha'Mishpaha.
B'Or Ha'Torah, 10, 1997-1998/5757-5758, 127-130.
on Tokayer's Paper. B'Or Ha'Torah, 10, 1997-1998/5757-5758,
of Murder: Who, Me?. Jewish Spectator, Fall 1997,
Frankl: Father of Logotherapy. Jewish Action. Spring
5758/1998, 58(3), 64-66, 68.
Families Find Meaning in Rituals and Traditions. Transition.
June 1998, 10-12.
Sea Change in American Orthodox Judaism: A Symposium.
Tradition, Summer 1998, 32(4), 47-51.
Blessing with an Ecological Mandate. Ecumenism, No.
134, June 1999, 4-7.
Rebbe. Jewish Spectator, Fall 1999, 33-39.
Joseph Fabry - A Man of Vision. The International
Forum for Logotherapy, Autumn 1999, 22(2), p. 73.
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