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Mourning & Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner's Path Through Grief to Healing

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?It is hard to work through one?s grief when there are so many cover-ups and so many different kinds of denial at work within the culture. And that is why this book is of so much importance. Anne Brener has crafted a walkway through the valley of the shadow of death. The walkway has thorns and bramble bushes on it but it leads to the other side, beyond grief, for those who are willing to stay the course.

Keep this book for time of need and do the grief-work in which it instructs us and you will see that this long...

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“It is hard to work through one’s grief when there are so many cover-ups and so many different kinds of denial at work within the culture. And that is why this book is of so much importance. Anne Brener has crafted a walkway through the valley of the shadow of death. The walkway has thorns and bramble bushes on it but it leads to the other side, beyond grief, for those who are willing to stay the course.

Keep this book for time of need and do the grief-work in which it instructs us and you will see that this long and wise heritage of ours still has the power to speak, to heal and to comfort—even in our time.”
—from the Foreword by Rabbi Jack Riemer

For those who mourn a death, for those who would help them and for those who face a loss of any kind, Mourning & Mitzvah teaches you the power and strength available to you in the fully experienced mourning process.

When the temple stood in the ancient city of Jerusalem, mourners walked through the gates and into the courtyard along a specifically designated mourner’s path.

As they walked, they came face to face with all the other members of the community, who greeted them with the ancestor of the blessing, “May God comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.” In this way, the community embraced those suffering bereavement, yet allowed for unique experiences of grief.

In this new and expanded edition of a modern classic, Anne Brener brings us an innovative integration of Jewish tradition and modern professional resources. It gives spiritual insight and healing wisdom to those in our own time who mourn a death, to those who would help them and to those who face a loss of any kind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580231138
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: 2 ED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 287,664
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Anne Brener, MAJCS, MA, LCSW, is a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and spiritual director who has assisted institutions worldwide in creating caring communities. A prolific writer, she is the author of the acclaimed Mourning & Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner's Path Through Grief to Healing (Jewish Lights Publishing). She is a faculty member at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, and the Morei Derekh program of the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.

Rabbi William Cutter, PhD, is author of Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health; Midrash and Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition, and is editor of Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual Perspectives on Judaism and Health. He has published widely on health and healing. He is former director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and professor of modern Hebrew literature and the Steinberg Professor of Human Relations at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi William Cutter, PhD, is available to speak on the following topics:

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Rabbi Jack Riemer, a well-known author and speaker, has conducted many workshops and seminars to help people learn about the inspiring tradition of ethical wills and to prepare their own. As head of the National Rabbinic Network, a support system for rabbis across all denominational lines, he gives sermon seminars to rabbis throughout the United States. He is editor of The World of the High Holy Days (Bernie Books) and Wrestling with the Angel (Schocken), coeditor of So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them, and contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism—Yizkor (both Jewish Lights).

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Table of Contents

Guidelines
List of Exercises
Kaddish de'Rabbanan: In Appreciation
Foreword
Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction
Preface: My Time to Mourn; My Time to Dance 1
Timeline: The Major Phases of the Jewish Year of Mourning 7
Pt. I Tzimtzum: Contraction
1 Avelut (Mourning): The Mourner's Path 10
2 Hesped (Eulogy) and Truthtelling: Mourning as a Process 20
3 Mekom Hanekhama: Finding a Place of Comfort 32
4 B'tzelim Elohim (In God's Image): Before Covering the Mirror 42
5 The Shekhinah (God's Presence) at the Bedside: Remembering the Illness and the Death 58
6 Aninut (from Death to Burial): Suspended between Two Worlds 72
7 Shiva (First Seven Days of Mourning): A Community Embrace 86
Pt. II Shevirat Kelim: The Breaking of Vessels
8 Keriah (Tearing of Cloth After Hearing News of the Death) and Deep Feelings: Rending the Garment to Expose the Heart 108
9 Keriah and Kaddish (The Mourner's Prayer): Keeping the Conversation Going to Heal the Hurt 134
10 Keriah and Prayer: Speaking Out from the Distress of Your Soul 152
Pt. III Tikkun: Healing
11 Immortality in Olam Hazeh: Living On in the World of the Living 174
12 Olam Haneshamot: Immortality in the Next World: A Walk through the World of Souls 190
13 Matzevah (Monument of Tombstone): The unveiling: Raising the Curtain on the Rest of Your Life 204
14 Yizkor (Memorial Prayer), Yahrzeit (Anniversary of the Death), and the Cycle of Seasons 214
15 Shalom: Hello, Goodbye, and Peace 230
16 Those Who Say "Amen": How to Comfort the Bereaved 237
Source Acknowledgments 247
Glossary 250
Books of Consult for Further Help 256
About Jewish Lights 260
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2010

    Help for People Who Have Lost a Loved One

    Anne Brener's book is a must for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. She uses wisdom in devising tasks to help those in mourning to move through the various stages and keep memories alive and honoring the deceased. If a bereavement group is not an option, Ms. Brenner's text is the next best thing.

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