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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Mesorah Publications Ltd. (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142260196X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422601969
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jungreis, a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, founder and president of Hineni, writes a weekly column for the Jewish Press, lectures extensively all over the globe, and has been featured in numerous national publications.

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Holocaust survivor Esther Jungreis travels around the world speaking to groups about her experiences, Judaism, and philosophy. In this audiobook she narrates the introduction and conclusion. Most of the book is read by Mare Winningham, who provides an exceptional delivery. Her strong, clear voice demonstrates the conviction and enthusiasm the author intends, as well as a sense of humor. Jungreis writes with great wisdom, illustrating her points with stories and personal experiences. She believes all experiences in life come from God to test and teach a greater faith. Jungreis's passion for her heritage and the land of Israel is strong. Author and narrator make this a fascinating book. N.L. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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I recommend it highly and heartily.
The Sandman
Rebbetzin Jungreis has a way of making you live through her experiences and brings you to laughter and tears.
Phyllis Blackman
Very uplifiting and inspirational work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By BklynGal54 on November 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, move over. Your days are numbered. The pharmaceutical industry will lose billions in revenue after readers get their hands on this book. Simply put, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis' new book, "Life Is a Test - How To Meet Life's Challenges Successfully," (Mesorah Publications) is the spiritual equivalent to the myriad of anti-depressants on the market. There is no question that Rebbetzin Jungreis has her finger on the pulse of the people. I would surmise that from her vast experience counseling those facing a multitude of challenges that life presents, she decided to write this book as an answer to a collective cry for help from a lost generation, totally unequipped to understand the true meaning behind life's trials and tests. Fear not reader, for it is Rebbetzin Jungreis to the rescue. Your soul is about to get the ultimate work out, so get ready to stretch your spiritual muscles and become reinvigorated as you read "Life Is A Test".

This is Rebbetzin Jungreis' fourth book and its magnitude of depth, focus and analysis of our personal and communal struggles sets it apart from any other treatises on this subject. It is written as a trilogy, combining three books in one and takes the reader on a trajectory that is permeated with such a genuine sense of warmth and love that can only be termed palpable. In a society immersed in grotesque materialism, decadence and loss of any real and meaningful direction and purpose, we are clueless about what life is really about and more importantly, who we really are and what our potential could be.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chava79 on April 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Everyone deals with challenges and it can be hard to understand why things happen. This book helped me focus on my role/actions, rather than on trying to understand the inexplicable events of life. I love Rebbetzin Jungreis' work and this book exceeded my expectations. Very uplifiting and inspirational work. I hope Rebbetzin Jungreis puts out more books in the future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Blackman on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Rebbetzin does it again. What a beautiful, uplifting, inspiring book. Rebbetzin Jungreis has a way of making you live through her experiences and brings you to laughter and tears. Whatever you do, don't miss this one!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sam on August 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dear Readers or potential readers,
If their is any book that I recommend on faith this is it. I am a intellectual person, in all humility please forgive me. Yet this book is not about the mind but the heart. If their was ten books that I would choose to take to a deserted island or a 40 year journey through the Negev. This would be one of them...really. Rabbitzin Jungreis is a real Tzadika for our time...I am serious!
I love her insights on how too really approach G-D in this day and age. It is simple, reading and practicing the Torah with all your heart.
If you are a Jew/ess in search of something real, then read this book. If you are a Jew/ess who is soul searching, then look no further. If you are a Parent who is worried about the future of their children...this book is for you. If you are looking for your soulmate...don't over look reading this book first.
I am a true blue Sephardim Spanish/Portuguese, Andalusian Jew, I love intellectual things, read my reviews, but sometimes you just need the truth i.e. Torah Emet, Baruch Ata Amonay Elohkinu Melech Ha Olam, Aher Natalanu TORAT EMET, Vehaye Olam Betuchainu, Baruch Atah Amonay, Noten HaTorah.
The truth of the Torah superceeds everything. Look, Christianity has nothing on a real true blue G-D fearing Jew, who loves HaShem and believes that Our G-D is real and answers prayers to boot. Is this not the true message of Faith...The Good news really is... our G-d, the G-d of Zion, Adon Olam, Amonay Tzevaot, HaShem, El Shadai...Elokai Avutainu is real and has a purpose for you, oh childern of Israel. Just turn the pages, as rabbitzin Jungreis eloquently writes and encourages one to do so.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn E. Wolfson on December 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book reminds us that no one goes through life easily. We all have issues to overcome - whether they are emotional, physical, financial or concerning relationships. It gives a positive Jewish perspective on how to overcome theses problems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Romualdo Destura on March 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book will inspire your soul, Life is a Test shows you how to recognize and understand the key of spiritual laws in order to improve your life and the lives of everyone around us,and how to reduce emotional chaos and increase personal harmony.Thanks ESTHER JUNGREIS
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brodowicz on May 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Two thumbs up for this excellent book. Rebbetzin Jungreis did it again. As its predecessor "The Committed Life", this edifying book leads you through many real life issues and the way Judaism helps you handling them. It is written by a seasoned character who has already worked wonders in the outreach world. I would say this reading could be profitable to both Jews and non Jews.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Sandman on September 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I loved the book Life Is A Test when it first came out. It's one of the most important and paradigm shifting of books I've read in recent years. I've benefited a great deal by the Rebbetzin's wisdom so I was thrilled to learn the book had been professionally produced in audio format. While actress Mare Winningham does the lion's share of the narration, the Rebbetzin does a very warm opening, the first chapter, and a touching close. It's no small thing to communicate such passion as she does - and Mare Winningham delivers a very convincing reading. Being one of those that prefers to "hear" a book, I found this one rich. There are serious life lessons embedded here. Listening to them articulated so well here brought them back to mind easily. If you've read the book, you'll have a distinctively different experience with the audio - more multidimensional. I recommend it highly and heartily.
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