web analytics
January 27, 2015 / 7 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Title: To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Neonatal and Childhood Death

book-To-Mourn-A-Child

Title: To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Neonatal and Childhood Death
Editors: Jeffrey Saks and Joel B. Wolowelsky
Publisher: OU Press

Once you pick up To Mourn a Child, you will not be able to put it down, but not for the usual reasons. There is no suspense here, as we know from the outset the sad end of each story.

It is rather the searing emotional intensity of this book that will grab you and compel you to keep reading.

The book is about experiencing and mourning the death of a child, and the editors have assembled a series of personal accounts written by parents, grandparents, and siblings who suffered this most devastating of all losses. We live with the family members, get a sense of their emotions, during shiva and the mourning period, and share their profound grief in the aftermath of the tragedy when they try to put the pieces of their lives back together.

Ultimately, the book serves as an inspiration to the reader, as each family, in its effort to cope, finds a measure of closure and` solace. The parents of a child who died as infant attain a sense of peace when they locate the grave of their son which the cemetery had lost track of for years. The mother of a stillborn child strives to learn from her loss and becomes a better person – parent, friend, sibling, and child – because of it. For another parent, some comfort is attained by the recognition that the intellectual aspect of halacha helps the heart to heal by setting limits on the time of mourning, thereby, the Jew is trudged to return to his life.

In addition to the personal accounts, the book includes excerpts from traditional Jewish sources, as well as essays by practicing rabbis and healthcare professionals. Each essay contains important practical information and analysis directed to the family and well-meaning friends who may be involved in these tragic situations.

Written from the depths of broken hearts and shattered souls, the selections in To Mourn a Child are testimony to the strength of the human spirit and the redemptive power of Jewish tradition. The book is available at local Jewish bookstores and online at www.oupress.org.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Title: To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Neonatal and Childhood Death”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Israeli soldiers praying as IDF forces seen reinforcing presence in the Golan Heights Northern Israel.
Two Missiles Explode in Golan Heights; IDF Returns Fire
Latest Sections Stories
Resnick-012315-Artist

Nouril concluded he had no choice: He had to become more observant.

Respler-012315

I find his mother to be a difficult person and my nature is to stay away from people like that.

Here are some recipes to make your Chag La’Illanot a festive one.

Baim-012315

Does standing under the chuppah signal the end of our dream of romance and beautiful sunsets?

We aren’t at a platform; we are underground, just sitting there.

Dr. Lowy believed passionately in higher education for both men and women and would stop at nothing to assist young students in achieving their educational goals.

It’s almost pointless to try to summarize all of the fascinating information that Holzer’s research unearthed.

The special charm of these letters is their immediacy and authenticity of emotion and description.

Why is there such a steep learning curve for teachers? And what can we, as educators and community activists, do better in the educational system and keep first-year teachers in the job?

Teachers, as well as administrators, must be actively involved in the daily prayers that transpire at a school and must set the bar as dugmaot ishiot, role models, on how one must daven.

Often both girls and boys compare their date to their parents.

We love the food, the hotels, and even the wildlife. We love the Israelis.

Few traces remain of the glory days of Jewish life in the kingdoms of Sicily and Naples, but the demise wasn’t due to the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius. Rather it was a manmade volcano called the Edict of Expulsion from Spain – and not even an invitation to return in Shevat of 1740 could […]

More Articles from Prof. Oscar Mohl
Winter-112213-Mourn

Once you pick up To Mourn a Child, you will not be able to put it down, but not for the usual reasons. There is no suspense here, as we know from the outset the sad end of each story. It is rather the searing emotional intensity of this book that will grab you and compel you to keep reading.

book-To-Mourn-A-Child

Once you pick up To Mourn a Child, you will not be able to put it down, but not for the usual reasons. There is no suspense here, as we know from the outset the sad end of each story.

The OU Press has brought out two very significant books on the thought of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

Rabbi Norman Lamm wrote and preserved the hundreds of eloquent and inspiring sermons he had delivered as a pulpit rabbi in Manhattan for 25 years prior to becoming president of Yeshiva University,

Grief is a universal experience. But mourning, which is the religious and cultural expression of that grief, reflects the specific community’s values and world

Ktav has recently published two books by young scholars whose well-respected teaching skills have been skillfully adapted to the written word. Rabbi Angel, one of the talented and popular Bible teachers at Yeshiva University and rabbi of the historic Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York, brings us a sequel to his well-received Through an Opaque Lens.

Two new extraordinary Soloveitchik works made their debut recently at the Yeshiva University SOY Book Sale and at bookstores – and they are outstanding indeed.

In the Footsteps of the Kuzari is a translation of Prof. Shalom Rosenberg’s Hebrew work that has had significant influence in Israeli religious circles.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/book-reviews/title-to-mourn-a-child-jewish-responses-to-neonatal-and-childhood-death/2013/07/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: