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Beyond the Ashes: Cases of Reincarnation from the Holocaust Paperback – November, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: A.R.E. Press (Association of Research & Enlig; 1st edition (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876042930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876042939
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beyond the Ashes... builds bridges among secular, political, and metaphysical realms. The seemingly effortless way in which Rabbi Gershom accomplishes so monumental a task pays tribute to the depth of knowledge and wisdom that was born of having transcended the very ashes of which he writes." -- Amy Shapiro, Journal of Regression Therapy, 1994

"He [Gershom] is certainly a dynamic force to be reckoned with, bringing, as he does, many new ideas and concepts to the subject of reincarnation." -- Roy Stemman, editor,

"He [Gershom} is a sensitive counselor and spiritual healer, endowed with the understanding of dreams and visions, and a channel for the healing wisdom of the archetypal Tree of Life." -- Rabbi Zalman Schachter, from the cover

"Rabbi Gershom addresses the Jewish traditional beliefs about the afterlife, all of which are important perspectives to be aware of for those willing to explore metaphysical issues... His presentation is compelling." -- Carole Clarke, Assn. for Past Life Research and Therapies (APRT) Newsletter, 1996

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This is a book written by a Rabbi it describes the past-life experiences of those who felt they lived and died in the holocaust in a past life.
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Reading this book did help me to understand that there may very well be a good reason that I do not yet understand.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I originally bought this book more for the Jewish theology than the reincarnation cases as such. When it first came out back in 1992, it was the only book around that explained anything about Jewish reincarnation teachings in a way that didn't require three Ph.Ds. The Rabbi's open, personal style made me feel like he was teaching me as an equal, not talking down to me from some ivory tower somewhere.
It was also the only book that offered a more sophisticated view of the Holocaust than the stupid "karmic payback" theories that were floating around back then (and now, too.) In my opinion, this book did more than any book I know of to make New Agers re-examine their negative Old Age attitudes about Jews and Judaism. It's a reincarnation classic and still a must-read. It sure changed my ideas about "Jewish karma" -- and my life, too.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard Salva VINE VOICE on May 3, 2006
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I highly recommend this book-but I warn you, it isn't an easy one to read. This is a Holocaust study-with the same gruesome imagery described by Primo Levi and others-but related by dozens of people. And all the memories originate in past lives and their sudden ends.

Rabbi Gershom is a compelling and compassionate writer. He tells an engaging story of himself becoming the unplanned recipient of these dramatic past-life recollections. He seems a worthy vessel of such privileged information-honest, humble, and caring-if you or I had similar terrible secrets to share, we might pick someone like him to tell them to.

A fascinating aspect of this report-and one that lends it validity-is that so many of the people who recalled these Holocaust deaths had no cultural basis to support them. Many are Gentiles in this life, but brought forward the beautiful Jewish rituals and customs as well as the far-less-pleasant flashbacks.

One especially valuable chapter is a meditation on Healing the Karma of the Holocaust. There are a number of interesting ideas that branch out from the central concept of this book-the possibility, for instance, that many who died during WW II are reincarnating now-and Rabbi Gershom gives them all thoughtful consideration.

Through the Holocaust, Hitler and his henchmen succeeded for a time in bringing hell on earth. And yet, as I read this book, I saw a light shining in the darkness. Here were hundreds of those murdered innocents, alive once more, telling their stories. If these reports are true, then, in the deepest sense, the Nazi "experiment" of Jewish liquidation was an utter failure. Not only did they not extinguish the light of Judaism, but they failed ultimately to extinguish the individuals they killed, too.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2003
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Beyond the Ashes is a fascinating, original and wide-ranging exploration of Holocaust reincarnation case studies, the variety of Jewish beliefs concerning life after death, and the ties between Jewish spiritual traditions and those of other cultures. (Believe it or not, there are a number of parallels between Jewish mystical traditions and those of various Native American tribes, including the Hopi.)
If you are interested in reading about reincarnation from a Jewish perspective and learning about Judaism from a more
spiritual standpoint than is typically available, read this book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
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I heard about this book because of a review that Rabbi Gershom did about Monteleone's novel, "Night of Broken Souls." Believe me, "Beyond the Ashes" is much better than any fiction! The true case histories that the Rabbi tells are really amazing. Once I started reading, I could not stop.
The Rabbi's book also has a really good chapter on Jewish beliefs about reincarnation and life after death -- which really surprized me that they can believe in it. I was taught in Sunday school that Jews do not beleive in life after death at all, but boy, did this book set me straight on that one!
I came away from this book with a much deeper respect for Jews and Judaism, as well as some real good insights about reincarnation. This book taught me that Jews do have a spirituality, too. Even if you are not very interested in the Holocaust, read it for the theology parts. It will change your life.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on August 27, 2004
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This was a really interesting book, but based on the title, I was expecting it to be more about the cases of people who had had previous incarnations during the Shoah. There were maybe a dozen or so such cases presented, even though the author has counseled a plethora of such people. The cases he does present merely seem to serve as a backdrop for a greater theme of reincarnation in Judaism, Jewish mysticism, and popular misconceptions about the place of spirituality, reincarnation, and New Age elements in Judaism, along with his own mystical beliefs and experiences. It's not that it was badly-written, just that, based on the title, the book would have been better-served focusing more on the many individuals he counseled and the specifics of each of their cases, instead of just using short synopses of about a dozen of their stories as a backdrop for the abovementioned topics. I read the book because I too believe I was there before and am interested in reincarnation stories anyway; I didn't purchase it in the expectation of reading mostly about Jewish mysticism (a great topic, but not one I was looking for here) and other topics that didn't really relate that much to the title.
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