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Wrestling with the Angel: Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning
     

Wrestling with the Angel: Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning

by Jack Riemer (Editor), Sherwin B. Nuland (Other)
 
At times of pain and sorrow, we reach out to the teachings of a religious tradition for answers to our most anguished questions. How can Jewish insights on death and dying teach the living and comfort the grieving? In this new collection, Rabbi Jack Riemer brings together the experiences and insights of people from many walks of life as they encountered the Jewish

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At times of pain and sorrow, we reach out to the teachings of a religious tradition for answers to our most anguished questions. How can Jewish insights on death and dying teach the living and comfort the grieving? In this new collection, Rabbi Jack Riemer brings together the experiences and insights of people from many walks of life as they encountered the Jewish rituals of mourning and healing.

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Jewish Book World
Rabbi Riemer has gathered information and personal stories about the traditional customs which are practiced at the moment of death and the period of mourning which follows. Among the contributors are writers, psychotherapists, rabbis and social workers. Included also are relevant talmudic and midrashic passages.
George Cohen
The first part of this sequel to "Jewish Reflections on Death", also edited by Riemer, is composed of essays in which contributors try to show how the resources of the Jewish tradition can be of help through the end of life and provide healing for those who mourn. Part two presents writings that show that after all the answers, questions still remain. Some of the essays provide information about the Jewish way in death and dying and explain some of the main rituals and traditions, but most of them are testimonies. The book focuses on three issues: whether it is permissable to hasten the process of dying, what is meant by afterlife and what can be hoped for after this life is done, and what Riemer calls "the determination of this generation to take back our lives and our deaths from the hands of the experts and the professionals." Contributors range across a broad spectrum from orthodox to reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805241297
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/10/1995
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.32(d)

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