When we face pain or illness, we can experience comfort and consolation as we read the stories and testimonials of others who have traveled the healing path. JewishLink reviews books periodically and shares what we hope will be helpful and satisfying to the reader. These books can all be ordered from your local book seller or online at Amazon.com
|Illness and Health In The Jewish Tradition
Writings from the Bible to Today
Edited by David L. Freeman and Judith Z. Abrams
Published by The Jewish Publication Society
An anthology of traditional and modern Jewish writings that highlights illness and health. Editors David Freeman, a practicing physician, and Rabbi Judith Abrams reexamine and reapply these tenets to modern life with a varied selection of memoirs, stories, essays, prayers, poetry on illness and healing from the Bible to modern day.
Topics cover the role and duty of the physician, reflections on
suffering, prayers for healing, the pastoral role of the rabbi and the ethics
of caregiving. Contributors include scholars, rabbi, poets and writers of
fiction, medical professionals, storytellers,liturgists and illness survivors.
For centuries, people have turned to the Book of Psalms for solace,
comfort, and catharsis, seeking guidance, meaning, hope, and reassurance.
Acknowledging that the biblical Psalms can be somewhat alien to
many people, ten spiritual leaders were asked to provide a bridge, a form
of access, to these ancient poems of pain and praise, humility and hope.
The premise of this
best-selling book is that wisdom gets passed along from person to person
by telling stories. The
The author was formerly
a pediatrician and now calls herself a "psycho-oncologist" counseling people
with cancer. Herself a
This is not a "mind
over illness" book that attempts to minimize the progressive nature of many
diseases. On the contrary, the
about nature and human interactions are used to illustrate spiritual and
emotional breakthroughs. The
sense is sprinkled with Zen teachings and Buddhist wisdom. There's some bias
for "New Age"
Here is that special book for those who know that an unseen, loving presence is watching over each and every one of us.
The 101 contributions that make up Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul come from people from all walks of life, and provide us with real-life accounts of mystical experiences, miraculous healings, divine interventions and personal transformations guaranteed to make our lives richer and more spiritually satisfying.
These extraordinary stories told by ordinary people--from doctors and dancers, students and teachers, architects and actors, musicians and authors-- are unique, and an enduring source of inspiration and empowerment.
Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul affirms our connection to
each other, to the universe and to God.
Naomi Levy was a spirited fifteen-year old when her father was murdered in a senseless holdup that destroyed not only his life but her trust in a living God. Yet from her struggles to heal, she gained the wisdom to make her a beloved rabbi--and that now makes her book a miracle of honesty, insight and compassion.
How do we find the strength to embrace life when we have suffered?
Can we rekindle hope? Joy? Faith? The answers, illustrated with many moving
true stories, drawn from Rabbi Levy's experience and the lives of her congregants,
provide comfort and strength to help us heal and grow. Remember, "We live
in a world where miracles can happen. Where our hurts can be healed, our
labors can bear fruit, where our dreams of a better world can sometimes come
In My Grandfathers Blessings, Naomi Rachel Remen, a physician and a master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and and the joy of being alive.
Dr. Remen's grandfather, an Orthodox rabbi and a scholar in Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him, and that he belonged to everyone. He taught her that blessing one another is what fills our emptiness, heals our loneliness and connects us more deeply to life.
Life has given us many more blessings than we have allowed ourselves to receive. My Grandfathers Blessings is about how we can recognize and receive our blessings and bless the life in others.
Serving others heals us. Through our service we will discover our own wholeness--and the way to restore hidden wholeness in the world.
Using insights and
experiences from her own life, Susan Taylor explores the intimate themes
and concerns that have long been her unique territory: self-empowerment,
the exploration of love and self worth, issues of faith and commitment, the
celebration of the journey of life.
Small miracles is a collection of over sixty stories that are moving, heartwarming, and inspirational. These are remarkable coincidences—often containing profound teachings, important moral teachings, even Divine messages—draw us out of the ordinariness of everyday life. If you an open yourself to receiving and understanding the meaning of these gifts, you will experience the possibilities, the blessings, and the sense of harmony with the universe that they offer.