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"There is nothing more whole than a broken heart," taught Hasidic master Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotsk. Frankel cites that paradoxical wisdom as well as other biblical, Hasidic, Talmudic and kabbalistic traditions to shape her thesis: healing begins with brokenness and leads to transformation, wholeheartedness and renewal. As a psychotherapist and teacher of Jewish mysticism, Frankel integrates the psyche and spirit so they "flow as two currents in a single stream, creating a synergistic healing power." She uses the kabbalistic myth of the shattered vessels to mirror the inevitability of brokenness in our lives, the broken tablets at Sinai as a metaphor for imperfection, the Exodus from Egypt as a reflection of change and self-liberation and the process of teshuvah (repentance) and the High Holiday cycle as paradigms for healing. "Locating ourselves in Jewish myth and metaphor," she says, can lessen the sense of isolation in suffering, as well as enlarge our identities through spiritual awareness. The book is divided into three parts: kabbalistic cosmology and healing; healing and birthing the self; and wholeness and integration. Client case studies and reflections on her own life focus on common psychological complaints: a broken heart, transition, loss, depression and illness. Suggestions for guided meditations and spiritual rituals give readers practical ways to be "healed by, or in spite of, whatever illnesses and difficulties we face in our lives." Those familiar with the concept of tikkun olam-repairing the world-will discover here its more personal and interconnected form-tikkun nefesh: healing our own souls.
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"Frankel exhibits a stunning breadth of knowledge, particularly of Judaism's rich mystical tradition, and a profound depth of understanding of emotional and spiritual development."—Jewish Woman Magazine
"Her use of Kabalistic cosmology to reflect on emotional pain, broken-heartedness, and separation is especially strong and moving."—Library Journal
"Frankel has done an impressive job of blending ancient Jewish wisdom with modern psychology to fashion a powerful force for healing."—Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"I highly recommend this compelling book to readers from all backgrounds, for its wisdom is rich and universal."—David A. Cooper, author of God Is a Verb
Very accessible distillation of the sacred Judaic literature, this book offers many practical insights that help the reader to apply the lessons and teachings of Classic Judaism to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by James
God is everywhere, especially in therapy. As a therapist I find that 99% of my clients are very spiritual people. Many great ideas in this book.Published on July 24, 2013 by Linda Thibodeau
This is a magnificent book. The author, Estelle Frankel is a gifted and brilliant spiritual teacher and guide. Her spiritual stories are profound and inspirational. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Joan
This book is great. the message in it is clear, and I found it to be a fairly easy read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.Published on December 20, 2012 by ben
I an era where nearly everyone claims to be teaching or studying the Kabbalah, Frankel is the real thing. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Jonathan Groner
I would recommend this book to everyone especially Jews. This book is more than just a self help book. Read morePublished on December 5, 2009 by Leslie
As a non-Jew who nevertheless deeply sympathises with Judaism, I have found myself in a situation where I need to cope with a difficult point in my personal life. Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by Tomas071109