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Title: And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Title: And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones


Author: Susan Petersen Avitsour


 


 


   And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones can take you far from your expectations of a book about losing a child to cancer. The amazingly clear, honest prose can ennoble you no matter what you believe before reading the memoir. Listen as Susan Petersen Avitsour narrates – in her words and her daughter Timora’s – the drama leading up to, during and beyond Timora’s diagnosis. The family had learned it days before her bat mitzvah.

 

   On page 75 Avitsour relates that Timora, receiving chemotherapy and radiation suppressing adolescent development, “couldn’t find her place in the world of young teenage girls ” Her body had reacted violently to the potentially life-saving chemicals. They filled her increasingly frail body while wreaking havoc on her emotions, as chemotherapy tends to do. Timora’s poem about her predicament, on page 122, concludes “Please,/Open up a little crack/So I’ll know – The world still contains a little light.”

 

   Timora would giggle, prepare craft projects, write poetry, dote on her parents, brother and sisters, act in school plays and pursue scouting activities while suffering two close calls at saving her life in six years. Her family faced them as mortals would: alternating between hope, despair, admirable emotional restraint and the exhaustion which opens the floodgates to pent-up emotions.

 

   Page 107 records the author wondering “And when Timora came down on one of her siblings [ed.: tired of holding back for Timora's sake and of losing time with parents who necessarily supervised - and performed - Timora's medical care], whom was it more important that I protect – the child being unfairly attacked, or the child suffering from a mortal illness? There was no simple solution.”

 

   Observers don’t necessarily appreciate the physical or psycho-spiritual pain influencing ill people and their loved ones. On pages 164-167, we hear proof of that as the heartbroken mother cries out for help during a support group meeting for halachically observant Jews. Tired of meaningless maxims about spiritual healing versus physical curing, Avitsour begs for genuine solace from the rabbinic speaker.

 

   Battered by ensuing insults about her theological beliefs, then by proclamations of religious superiority from the crowd, her agony lifts off the page: “A wave of exhaustion suddenly struck me; I didn’t have the strength for this. I didn’t want to argue theology I wanted to connect emotionally. Wasn’t that what we all had in common?” Many readers will be able to identify with the author’s sense of abandonment at the least expected of times. Clergy and therapists can gain insight into meeting the emotional needs of such people from the incident.

 

   Avitsour’s search for meaningful spiritual comfort to her family’s agony is the focal point of her book. She describes the unconditional love of fellow congregants in her beit knesset and her husband’s delighted astonishment at an over-capacity crowd bone marrow drive publicized in a community newspaper. These and other uplifting parts of the Avitsour family’s life enervated the parents, Timora and her siblings, as they faced six years’ worth of unpredictable days.

 

   Within a circle of female dancers on page 241, Avitsour describes her joy at the wedding of a bride the same age Timora would have been had both classmates reached that calendar date. “I couldn’t help but share in the general elation at the young couple’s happiness But then I was struck once again by a fleeting vision of Timora as she might have danced at her own wedding I do not want to spend the rest of my life overcome with grief for what will never be At the same time I don’t want to run away from my sadness for her and all she might have become. To do so would mean running from Timora herself “

 

   On page 262, Avitsour concludes “God in His grace has granted me – indeed, granted to all human beings, wherever they stand [on the spiritual continuum] a healing force, a source of strength that exists quite apart from the dilemmas and doubts that inevitably arise in any intelligent religious discourse, and replenishes us when we are at our most depleted.” Her prose dignifies the oft-misunderstood agony of parents before, during and after each stage of bereavement.

 

   And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones invites unshed tears to fall and for honest communication to prevail so that emotional relief and repair can happen.It ends with one of Timora’s poems, calling out across time:

 

   And why./Why live./Suffer./Fight, struggle. Why pull and pull like a wretched miserable beast -/For what./In loneliness, in the dark, in the cold./How much have I asked, and how much will I ask/And I am not the only one/Not only when sorrow blinds the eye like a veil of tears./But within me I know/And sometimes, like a flame/The answer blazes before me -/Love.

 

   Therapists and bereaved relatives would do well to read this memoir several times.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge”  (www.booklocker.com/books/4244.html).

Title: The First Ten Days: A down to earth guide to the Days of Awe based on the Sefirot

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Title: The First Ten Days: A down to earth guide to the Days of Awe based on the Sefirot

Author: Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Publisher: Torah Lab

 

 

   Blow your mind bigger and better as you improve upon preconceived ideas about the High Holidays. This slim paperback holds 87 pages full of wisdom, insight, and keys to personal improvement!

 

   Far from talk-show fodder about Kabbalah, this is a thinking Jews’ approach to improved middot. A day-by-day peek at the power of each of the aseret yemei teshuva, The First Ten Days offers can-do ideas for letting kabbalistic insights guide your personal growth. Author Rabbi Yaacov Haber’s short, to-the-point writing makes excellent use of your limited time. Eye-grabbing graphics at each chapter heading draw attention to the content they herald.

 

   Days Six’s chapter entitled “Tiferet” exemplifies the author’s skill in the lines ” Tiferet is the product of a perfect balance of chesed and gevurah Draw people closer with your right or stronger hand! Train yourself to see the strengths of your companions even while pushing against their shortcomings As we ask God for His acceptance of us, we must internalize acceptance into our own relationships ”

 

   A definition of the sefira infusing the day, instructions for utilizing that power, and insight into its spiritual relevance are nearly presented in clear, memorable language. The other nine days are presented in the same thought-provoking manner. They can improve your life.

 

   Pack this powerful recreation of your personal history into a pocketbook, briefcase or personal library. The First Ten Days: A down to earth guide to the Days of Awe based on the Sefirot can guide your inner growth all year. An excellent resource for teaching the relevance of aseret yemei teshuva, it can help teachers with limited classroom time every holiday-interrupting Tishrei.

 

   Learn more about the author and his book at torahlab.org/haberblogand at torahlab.org/index.php.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge”  (booklocker.com/books/4244.html).

Title: HaMalach HaGoel and Other Bedtime Stories

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Title: HaMalach HaGoel and Other Bedtime Stories

Author: Yehudit Shulem

Illustrator: Estie Hess

Publisher: Feldheim

 

 

   The “Collection of Imaginative Stories” in HaMalach HaGoel and Other Bedtime Stories is a bit on the high-minded side with a few clich?s tossed in the mix. Nevertheless, the lap-sized hardcover explains to its readers how to become mature, responsible individuals of integrity. The life lessons are for children aged eight and up.

 

   The man walking out of and into another wall portrait picture in the chapter entitled “A Special Visit” uses a phenomenon out of the Harry Potter series. But the technique is used to deliver valuable insight from the Chazon Ish, a worthwhile experience. Optimism can be learned from “The Kite” story and self-worth from “The Gear Train.” Other stories deliver important messages, too.

 

   Though author Yehudit Shulem is a social worker, according to the back cover text, I find it curious that her tales are illustrated with significantly far more males than females. The air- and other-brushing out of female figures in Jewish literature is not a friendly phenomenon. The trend will reverse to include women and girls within benign and all-inclusive story illustrations. After all, we’re the reason that Am Yisrael endures.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge” http://www.booklocker.com/books/4244.html).

Title: Benny the Big Shot

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Title: Benny the Big Shot

Author: Tehilla Deutsch

Illustrator: Vitaliy Romanenko

Publisher: Feldheim

 

 

   This colorful tale about the green-eyed monster called “Kina” puts jealousy into Jewish perspective. Share it with children of all ages and let the relief begin. The surprise ending will knock some reality into prejudiced thought patterns.

 

   The only way this boy-centered book could be better is if it were to be published in pink. Girls need to cope with “Kina” too. Benny the Big Shot is a good start.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.”

Title: Remarkable Park

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Title: Remarkable Park

Author: Bracha Goetz

Illustrator: Patti Argoff

Publisher: Feldheim

 

 

   This gentle look at nature in 26 pages comes off as a nurturing, quiet read. Lessons about middot tovot and personal potential in Remarkable Park will fill young minds with wonder.

 

   The illustrations in Remarkable Park allow the eye to absorb details portrayed in delightful colors. The gentle rhymes of the text allow elementary-grade readers to sound out words they might know how to spell. The story’s end can prompt readers to reflect on tuv haBoreh, the delight of looking more deeply than a superficial glance allows, and the sheer fun of making friends with the world.

 

   Parental discretion is advised due to the easily torn pages. Children can practice respect for printed materials with this item meant for ages 3-10, impressing themselves as well as the adults around them.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.”

Title: Where Am I?

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Title: Where Am I?

Author: Ruchy Shon

Publisher: Feldheim

 

 

   A sweet book for young fingers learning to turn pages, Where Am I is an introduction to literature for little ones. Familiar places and situations will delight the tots identifying them.

 

   Let the children talk about and discuss what delights or intrigues them in the interesting collection of photographs. The book’s 26 glazed, stiff pages can withstand stickiness from candy, runny noses and a soft wipe with damp cloth. Patient re-readings by friends and family members can lead to delightful memories.

 

   Nursery and kindergarten teachers can stock up on Where Am I too. The book could make an excellent introduction to language skills for English speakers and those learning it for the first time. English as a second language instructors should check it out for their purposes, too. The rhyming text lends itself to reading success.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of highly acclaimed E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge”  (www.booklocker.com/books/4244.html).

Title: The Miracle of the Golden Dove and Other Stories

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Title: The Miracle of the Golden Dove and Other Stories

Author: Genendel Krohn

Illustrator: Tova Katz

Publisher: Feldheim

 

 

   A delightful lap-sized hardcover, The Miracle of the Golden Dove and Other Stories holds captivating illustrations that deliver a powerful middot-improving message with the text.

 

   Actual historical events that reveal the majesty of Torah-true values and the reality that each of us – in our own clumsy way – can grow into tzadikim, come to life on succeeding pages.

 

   Honesty is a nice character trait, but this book teaches “true honesty,” and in a favorably impressionable way. The Golden Dove account shows us that prayers can turn into miracles plus the sanctification not only of Hashem’s name, but also that of the person who prayed.

 

   Lessons on learning to judge favorably and the patience to outwit a verbally abusive spouse are lessons for life. Your lives and those of your family members, from age five and up, will be better off for having shared the thought-provoking stories retold in this third volume of Timeless Tales by Feldheim publishers.

 

   Learn together as a family or special friends when you share The Miracle of the Golden Dove and Other Stories with younger readers around you. The experience will be good for their developing minds and characters.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of the e-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.”

Title: Second Sight

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Title: Second Sight

Author: Dr. Judith Orloff

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

 

 

   The soft, laughter-inflected voice of psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff narrates her autobiography. It keeps readers glued to the pages describing Orloff’s formerly tumultuous life as an adolescent intuitive – a correct observer of human emotions – then catches up with her highly respected present.

 

   Dr. Orloff’s parents, both medical professionals in a family filled with others, had a unique strain on their efforts to groom their child into becoming a productive, socially accepted adult. Daughter Judith had a knack for correctly discerning who of her parents’ friends would commit suicide; lose a political election and more. Conservative leanings offended and confused, the Drs. Orloff wondered what to make of their startling, mysterious child.

 

   Frightened by her psychic insights, an adolescent Judith delved into risky behaviors to hide from the spiritual gifts she didn’t know how to control. Her parents temporarily committed her to a mental health facility, hoping for a cure of their frenetic child. When at last Judith meets a psychic researcher, life changes for the entire family. “Judi,” as her friends then called her, learns to pray and to meditate under careful guidance, focusing her energies in an entirely positive direction.

 

   She also learns how to direct her intuitive abilities to serve humanity with emotional and physical healing. There’s another achievement to note in the book: a riveting account of how a board-certified Dr. Orloff coped with a medical system skeptical of her ethereal healing arts. That’s a valuable education all its own.

 

   The California-based psychotherapist comes full circle in her life story, literally getting the keys to the psychiatric institution that once housed her as a teen taking life-threatening risks. She becomes a respected psychotherapist and trusted intuitive who improves and saves lives.

 

   The full title of the book is Second Sight: An Intuitive Psychiatrist Tells Her Extraordinary Story and Shows You How to Tap Your Own Inner Wisdom. Intuitives searching for good direction can read it to learn how to handle critics gracefully. Dr. Orloff explains how she survived the shock of learning what her mother had tried to conceal: a family trait for intuitive healing ability that had earned the scorn of “Witch!”-screaming neighbors in a past generation.

 

   Watch the excitement and happiness build as the budding psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff embraces her fond family and its story with love, growing into her strengths with confidence. Learn to become your own healer with her “Six Ways to Access Your Inner Doctor.”

 

   An interesting, educational read for laymen, medical and mental health professionals, Second Sight can bring great insight into many lives. The 359-page paperback is a newly-released updated edition of its predecessor.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of e-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/title-second-sight/2010/08/19/

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