My Book – Where’s My Miracle?

New Book by Morey Schwartz

A truly unique book which should be owned by every synagogue library and any person who struggles with their perception of the “Jewish” tradition regarding suffering and death. I have read nearly every English language Jewish book published on death, dying and mourning and this volume unmistakably stands out. It is not intended to replace a traditional “how to” guide nor the many stories of individuals coping with mourning.  Rabbi Schwartz’s book opens to the layperson, and even the educated professional, the truly wide range of Jewish viewpoints. Many people grew up with relatively simplistic interpretations of the Jewish views of death and suffering which can lead people into challenging (or even rejecting) faith.Schwartz highlights various alternative ways to look at these serious topics and provides individual options that do not require the person either to reject Judaism or be placed in a psychologically uncomfortable position.Schwartz highlights the position of Maimonides, who states that in disagreements between sages, where there are no practical ramification but rather issues of faith/belief, we are not obligated to believe one tradition over another. He concludes that our tradition preserved different approaches to dealing with suffering and injustice so that each individual can use the widest variety of positions to answer certain questions one way and other questions another way.  Rabbi Schwartz spent more than twenty years searching within Judaism for answers to help him cope with suffering and death, having been an only child who was orphaned at an early age. He is an American Orthodox Rabbi who lives in Israel and is the Director of Curriculum Development at the Florence Melton Adult mini-school at the Hebrew University. This is a must read book for everyone and is absolutely critical for anyone who has occasion to counsel people.

Nathan Aaron Rosen, New York, NY for the American Jewish Libraries Review February/March 2011

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2 Responses to “My Book – Where’s My Miracle?”

  1. Lisa Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    I pre-ordered at Amazon.com. When is the release date?

  2. ravmorey Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    My apologies to those who ordered the book pre-publication and are finding out that there has been a delay. Basically, the books are all printed in Israel and then shipped by boat to North America for distribution. The shipment takes about one month to arrive in the U.S. It should arrive within the next 2-3 weeks, and then get shipped off to you directly if you purchased it from Gefen, or to Amazon or B & N who will then ship to you.

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