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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Modern Jewish Literature
  • Hardcover: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (November 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815609892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815609896
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gorgeous and poignant..."
-- Hope Edelman, best-selling author of Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss (more than 500,000 copies sold)


"Those who mourn will find kinship in this book; those who seek to comfort them will find wisdom." -- The Star-Ledger



"Stunning . . . Anyone who has lost, anyone who has loved, will identify with the piercing humanity . . . This is a book that changes you forever.  It must."  --Rabbi Sharon Brous, panelist for The Washington Post's "On Faith"

"A painful, but poetic, humane, and deeply spiritual account of dealing with tragedy that will speak to all who suffer bereavement and those who minister to them." 
- Bernard McGinn, Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, The University of Chicago

"Among the many recent personal narratives of loss and grief, Shadows in Winter stands out... The reader will long remember this beautifully written memoir."  - Linda S. Raphael, The George Washington University School of Medicine


"Powerful, moving and evocative!" 
- Jonathan Sarna, Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University

"Stunning . . . Anyone who has lost, anyone who has loved, will identify with the piercing humanity . . . This is a book that changes you forever.  It must."  --Rabbi Sharon Brous, panelist for The Washington Post's On Faith

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"Powerful, moving and evocative!"  
-- Jonathan Sarna, Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University


"This beautiful book . . . evokes the sweetness of life and unbearable loss with riveting nuance. His impulse to tell the story is the impulse towards healing, and he offers help in the midst of even the darkest tragedy."  - Rabbi Mychal Springer, Director of the Center for Pastoral Education, The Jewish Theological Seminary

More About the Author

Dr. Eitan Fishbane serves on the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses on Jewish mysticism and spirituality. Dr. Fishbane is the author or editor of five books, including: "The Sabbath Soul: Mystical Reflections on the Transformative Power of Holy Time" (Jewish Lights Publishing) and "As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist" (Stanford University Press). Leading scholars of mysticism have hailed Fishbane's "As Light Before Dawn" as "dazzling and erudite"; prominent religious leaders have praised "The Sabbath Soul" as "moving, inspiring, and deeply poetic." Most recently, Dr. Fishbane's "Shadows in Winter: A Memoir of Love and Loss" (Syracuse Library of Modern Jewish Literature) was named one of the best Jewish books of 2011 by Jewish Ideas Daily. He is also the co-editor of "Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections" (Jewish Lights) and "Jewish Renaissance and Revival in America" (Brandeis University Press). Fishbane's writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and The Forward; he has been interviewed on ABCNews.com; in The Wall Street Journal; People Magazine; and Ha'aretz. He is a regular scholar-in-residence and guest speaker at congregations and community centers across North America.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy C. Lepri on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Shadows in Winter: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Eitan Fishbane
Syracuse University Press
November 14, 2011
0815609892
978-0815609896
156 pages
Memoir

Eitan Fishbane is Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of several books, including Shadows in Winter: A Memoir of Love and Loss (Syracuse Library of Modern Jewish Literature) and The Sabbath Soul: Mystical Reflections on the Transformative Power of Holy Time (Jewish Lights Publishing).

Reviewed by: Nancy Carty Lepri

How wonderful to be blessed with the love of your life, a happy and healthy daughter, a fulfilling career, close family and friends, and a deep and abiding faith. How agonizing it can be to lose part of that blessing almost overnight.

This is what Eitan Fishbane describes in his heart wrenching and moving memoir about the loss of his beloved wife, Leah. Leah, who is completing her graduate degree, mother to four-year-old Aderet , and newly pregnant with her second child, falls ill without warning with an undiagnosed and inoperable brain tumor. Within a short time, Leah, a vivacious young woman, collapses into a coma and succumbs to her illness.

Eitan takes the reader on his agonizing journey through the last days of Leah's life, revealing how he copes after her passing. He tries to find understanding for his loss and explain Leah's passing to his precious Aderet , while he himself grapples with the realization of the harsh realities of life and death. Through anecdotes and perceptions uncommon to a young child, Eitan finds comfort from his daughter along with his and Leah's close-knit family, friends, and colleagues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GothicPoohBear on April 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I couldnt stop reading it, and I didnt until it was done. The book is filled with such love between a husband and wife and child ... a family. I cried, I smiled, I felt such deep love between the three of them. I had to get a box of kleenex just to finish reading it. Anyone who has lost a loved one, I recommend this book. The passion and love that he has for his wife is rare. The love of his community. I have always found the Jewish Community one of love ... like a really big family the size of a small city. I often wonder why the world in itself isnt more like that. Love/Compassion for one another. It was a privledge to be invited into the life of Eitan Fishbanes life with his beloved wife. From the time they met until the moment she was no longer a part of this world, you read about the deep love they had and how full of life and love and happiness is wife had. Even though her life was short and their life together was even shorter ... I pray that more people get to experience that type of love atleast once in their life.
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