Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife

Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife

by Dayle A. Friedman MSW, MA, BCC
Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife

Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife

by Dayle A. Friedman MSW, MA, BCC


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Growing Older Can Be a Time of Growing in Depth and Wisdom

"My sense is that the whole journey beyond midlife is a mysterious blend of light and dark, wholeness and fragility…. We have a chance beyond midlife to become the person we were truly meant to be. We can draw on everything we have experienced so far to contribute to the people around us and the wider world, and to find strength and resilience amid the challenges."
—from the Introduction

Whether you are fifty-five or seventy-five, approaching retirement or age one hundred, growing older brings remarkable opportunities but often also wrenching difficulties. Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, a pioneer in reinventing and revaluing aging, mines ancient Jewish wisdom for values, tools and precedents to frame new callings and beginnings, shifting family roles, and experiences of illness and death.

For seekers of all faiths, for individuals and groups, for personal use and caregiving settings, Rabbi Friedman offers inspiration and guidance to help you make greater meaning and flourish amid the daunting challenges of aging.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580238199
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/13/2015
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MA, BCC, is a pioneer in forging a fresh vision for the second half of life. She is a spiritual leader, social innovator, scholar, author of Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide to Fostering Wholeness and editor of Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources. She founded and directed Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Friedman offers training, consulting and spiritual guidance through Growing Older (, her Philadelphia-based national practice.

Rabbi Friedman is available to speak to your group or at your event. For more information, please contact us at (802) 457-4000 or

Table of Contents

Births Out of Brokenness: Growing Whole as We Grow Older

Part I
Facing Shatterings as We Grow Older
1. Seeking Wisdom: Transcending Destructive Ageism
2. One Big Hole: Confronting the Broken Heart
3. The Ultimate Shattering: Embracing Our Mortality
4. Finding Wholeness as Our Bodies Break Down
5. Wandering in the Wilderness: Caring for Our Fragile Dear Ones
6. Making Sense of Dementia's Brokenness

Part II
Searching for the Sparks: Beginning Again (and Again)
7. Softening to Reality: Finding Sweetness amid Suffering
8. A Time to Heal: Liberation through Forgiveness
9. Declaring Interdependence
10. Making Wise Choices about Medical Care at the Edge of Life
11. New Ways of Loving: Growing Up as We and Our Parents Age
12. Traveling Lighter: Winnowing "Stuff "
13. A Sanctuary in Time: Spending Our Precious Time Mindfully

Part III
Basking in the Light: Honing and Sharing Wisdom
14. Answering the Call: Saying "Here I Am" (Hineini)
15. Drawing from the Well: Developing a Blessing Practice

Using This Book: A Guide for Book Groups and Wisdom Circles
For Further Learning

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