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Facing Illness, Finding God: How Judaism Can Help You and Caregivers Cope When Body or Spirit Fails [Kindle Edition]

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler
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Book Description

Find spiritual strength for healing in the wisdom of Jewish tradition.

Whether you are facing illness yourself, serving as a caregiver, providing pastoral care, or simply wondering where God is when we get sick, the teachings and wisdom of Jewish tradition can help you cope with the difficulties of illness and infirmity.

With a format designed to accommodate the stressful life of people dealing with illness, Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler helps you focus on spiritual well-being as an essential aspect of physical healing and wholeness. He provides comfort and inspiration to help you maintain personal balance and family harmony amid the fear, pain, and chaos of illness. Combining the stories of real people with insights from Jewish sources, he offers practical advice and spiritual guidance for:

• Reaching inward to the soul when the body fails

• Reaching outward to provide strength, comfort, and compassion to the ill or infirm

• Reaching upward to God through prayer and daily gratitude

Editorial Reviews


“Deeply personal and professionally inspiring.… Moving and yet practical … helps us reach into our unique inner resources, out to our friends and community, and up to the ultimate Source of Healing and Wholeness.” —Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, JBFCS/National Center for Jewish Healing; editor, Healing of Soul, Healing of Body: Spiritual Leaders Unfold the Strength & Solace in Psalms “A rich resource for congregational bikkur cholim and caring committees, rabbis and chaplains, and anyone who has ever felt alone…. Speaks to our human need for relationship with God and with each other. A wonderful gift.” —Rabbi Ruth Alpers, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati “Very accessible ... provides knowing companionship for those living with illness and the people who care for them. Reflecting on many dimensions of the experience of illness, he shares a universally human as well as a particularly Jewish wisdom.” —Nancy Flam, co-director of programs, Institute for Jewish Spirituality “Reach out to others. Reach out to God. Reach inside yourself. Then reach for this book. In it, you will find healing and hope.” —Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, author, Jewish Paths toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering “Offers essential help … provides practical tools and wisdom to journey through pain toward healing, love, and spiritual strength.” —Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz, author, Healing from Despair: Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World

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Jewish wisdom can help you cope with the burden of illness.
"When all strength is gone, from where do we find the fortitude to continue on?.... How do moments of transcendence come to be when we are in the worst of circumstances? I believe God is the power that gives us courage, love, and meaning when all else fails." --from the Introduction
With a gentle, compassionate voice, Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler considers the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of all who are affected by illness: the ill or frail person; family members; clergy, caregivers, and physicians; and the community. Drawing from his own experience personally and as a rabbi, and from Jewish tradition, he will help you work through the challenges of illness and infirmity. His approach will also inspire compassion and empathy. Rabbi Meszler provides Jewish ways to address issues related to illness, including:
* Coping with the realization of mortality
* Accepting a new idea of "normal"
* Maintaining a positive outlook and being grateful for the gift of life
* Easing family tensions related to illness or caregiving
* Paying attention to your own needs while caring for someone else
* Finding God's presence in illness, yours or that of someone you're caring for

Product Details

  • File Size: 1271 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1580234232
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing; 1 edition (March 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q9TSA4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Facing Illness, Finding God: How Judaism Can Help You and Caregivers Cope When Body or Spirit Fails provides a winning account of the spiritual and emotional needs of all affected by illness. His experience as a rabbi and his insights on Jewish traditions lend to an approach on addressing illness-related issues, from changed normalcy to caregiving and finding God in illness. Judaic studies and spirituality libraries alike will relish this approach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars testlady December 12, 2013
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I am living with lung cancer and this book has given me some peace. Whether you are Jewish or not, if you believe in a higher power, this book helps you cope.....
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