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Mourning & Mitzvah : A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourners Path Through Grief to Healing - Anne Brener

Mourning & Mitzvah

A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourners Path Through Grief to Healing

Paperback Published: 1st May 2001
ISBN: 9781580231138
Number Of Pages: 304

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Fully engaging in mourning means you will be a different person than before you began. For those who mourn a death, for those who would help them, for those who face a loss of any kind, Brener teaches us the power and strength available to us in the fully experienced mourning process. Guided writing exercises help stimulate the processes of both conscious and unconscious healing.

"Enthusiastically recommended as a valuable discussion of a universal experience." --Publishers Weekly

"A splendid resource for readers of any philosophical persuasion." --The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog

"This book is marvelous. It is a work that I wish I had written. It is the best book on this subject that I have ever seen." --Rabbi Levi Meier, PhD, chaplain, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; author, Ancient Secrets: Using the Stories of the Bible to Improve Our Everyday Lives

"Insightful and understanding.... A realistic guide which will help secure healing for those who have suffered loss." --Rabbi Lee Bycel, dean, School of Rabbinics, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

"I feared it would be too much centered on the Jewish tradition to be meaningful for my situation, but not so at all. It spoke to me throughout. Your methods of healing are so basic and human that I believe they would be accessible to many groups, with or without their own religious traditions." --Libby Ingalls, a non-Jewish mourner

"My dad is gone and I will continue to deal with that for years to come, yet I feel peaceful and comforted by my encounter with Mourning & Mitzvah, and I am deeply grateful to Anne Brener for having written it." --Linda Zweig, Jewish mourner

"Wise and compassionate.... [Makes Jewish] wisdom explicit in a practical and insightful way." --Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

"An important book with the power to bring Jews closer to Judaism and closer to the Source of life and death." --Rabbi Sue Elwell, director, Los Angeles Jewish Feminist Center

An excellent resource for those who need help during their time of mourning [to] find healing and understanding." --New York Board of Rabbis Bulletin

"As a rabbi who must deal on a daily basis with aspects of mourning, there are few books that I can turn to for guidance, let alone suggest to be read by those I am comforting.... I am unaware of a book that is as helpful or as complete.... Bridges the gap between Judaism and psychology.... Underscores the wisdom of the Jewish tradition and its understanding of the process of healing." --Rabbi Arthur Gross Schaefer, Congregation B'nai B'rith, Santa Barbara, Calif.

"A thoughtful and sensitive guide for doing the grief-work needed to emerge from the blackness of a profound loss." --Tikkun "Enthusiastically recommended as a valuable discussion of a universal experience." Publishers Weekly

A splendid resource for readers of any philosophical persuasion. The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog

This book is marvelous. It is a work that I wish I had written. It is the best book on this subject that I have ever seen. Rabbi Levi Meier, PhD, chaplain, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; author, Ancient Secrets: Using the Stories of the Bible to Improve Our Everyday Lives

Insightful and understanding.... A realistic guide which will help secure healing for those who have suffered loss. Rabbi Lee Bycel, dean, School of Rabbinics, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion

I feared it would be too much centered on the Jewish tradition to be meaningful for my situation, but not so at all. It spoke to me throughout. Your methods of healing are so basic and human that I believe they would be accessible to many groups, with or without their own religious traditions. Libby Ingalls, a non-Jewish mourner

My dad is gone and I will continue to deal with that for years to come, yet I feel peaceful and comforted by my encounter with Mourning & Mitzvah, and I am deeply grateful to Anne Brener for having written it. Linda Zweig, Jewish mourner

Wise and compassionate.... [Makes Jewish] wisdom explicit in a practical and insightful way. Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

An important book with the power to bring Jews closer to Judaism and closer to the Source of life and death. Rabbi Sue Elwell, director, Los Angeles Jewish Feminist Center

An excellent resource for those who need help during their time of mourning [to] find healing and understanding. New York Board of Rabbis Bulletin

As a rabbi who must deal on a daily basis with aspects of mourning, there are few books that I can turn to for guidance, let alone suggest to be read by those I am comforting.... I am unaware of a book that is as helpful or as complete.... Bridges the gap between Judaism and psychology.... Underscores the wisdom of the Jewish tradition and its understanding of the process of healing. Rabbi Arthur Gross Schaefer, Congregation B'nai B rith, Santa Barbara, Calif.

A thoughtful and sensitive guide for doing the grief-work needed to emerge from the blackness of a profound loss. Tikkun"

Guidelines
List of Exercises
Kaddish de'Rabbanan: In Appreciation
Foreword
Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction
Preface: My Time to Mourn; My Time to Dancep. 1
Timeline: The Major Phases of the Jewish Year of Mourningp. 7
Tzimtzum: Contraction
Avelut (Mourning): The Mourner's Pathp. 10
Hesped (Eulogy) and Truthtelling: Mourning as a Processp. 20
Mekom Hanekhama: Finding a Place of Comfortp. 32
B'tzelim Elohim (In God's Image): Before Covering the Mirrorp. 42
The Shekhinah (God's Presence) at the Bedside: Remembering the Illness and the Deathp. 58
Aninut (from Death to Burial): Suspended between Two Worldsp. 72
Shiva (First Seven Days of Mourning): A Community Embracep. 86
Shevirat Kelim: The Breaking of Vessels
Keriah (Tearing of Cloth After Hearing News of the Death) and Deep Feelings: Rending the Garment to Expose the Heartp. 108
Keriah and Kaddish (The Mourner's Prayer): Keeping the Conversation Going to Heal the Hurtp. 134
Keriah and Prayer: Speaking Out from the Distress of Your Soulp. 152
Tikkun: Healing
Immortality in Olam Hazeh: Living On in the World of the Livingp. 174
Olam Haneshamot: Immortality in the Next World: A Walk through the World of Soulsp. 190
Matzevah (Monument of Tombstone): The unveiling: Raising the Curtain on the Rest of Your Lifep. 204
Yizkor (Memorial Prayer), Yahrzeit (Anniversary of the Death), and the Cycle of Seasonsp. 214
Shalom: Hello, Goodbye, and Peacep. 230
Those Who Say "Amen": How to Comfort the Bereavedp. 237
Source Acknowledgmentsp. 247
Glossaryp. 250
Books of Consult for Further Helpp. 256
About Jewish Lightsp. 260
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781580231138
ISBN-10: 1580231136
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st May 2001
Publisher: JEWISH LIGHTS PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 18.42  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised