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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652295590
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652295590
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an extraordinary spiritual memoir of one woman s struggle with life and death. Debbie Masel writes of her life with cancer with a rare and passionate truthfulness, in which fear, pain, humor and a profound engagement with her Jewish faith all find their place. The rich humanity of her writing makes for compelling reading. --Dr. Avivah Zornberg, Renowned biblical scholar, writer, and lecturer

I know it will mean a lot as much as a book can mean to a lot of people. --Professor James Kugel, Professor Emeritus of Classical and, Modern Hebrew Literature, Harvard University Chair, Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible, Bar-Ilan University

I know it will mean a lot as much as a book can mean to a lot of people. --Professor James Kugel, Professor Emeritus of Classical and, Modern Hebrew Literature, Harvard University Chair, Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible, Bar-Ilan University

I know it will mean a lot as much as a book can mean to a lot of people. --Professor James Kugel, Professor Emeritus of Classical and, Modern Hebrew Literature, Harvard University Chair, Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible, Bar-Ilan University

About the Author

Deborah Masel (formerly Miller) is a teacher and author with a special interest in the Jewish mystic tradition. She has written two novels, and edited the English translation of Eish Kodesh (Holy Fire), written by the Rebbe of Piacezna in the Warsaw Ghetto. Her most recent book is In the Cleft of the Rock: Writings on the Five Books of Moses, a collection of prose poems on the weekly parshah. Deborah has written and taught for various Jewish and interfaith organizations and is a regular contributor to the Melbourne Age. She currently conducts classes from her home.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Although this book is an autobiographical depiction of a part of Deborah Masel's life, it reads like a suspenseful novel because Masel is a good writer who teaches writing and who wrote several books, including two novels. She also edited a book by a mystical rabbi who was murdered in the holocaust, whose world view influenced her greatly and gave her a sense of meaning as she coped with her incurable cancer. This is a book that can help other cancer victims, but because of its style, it will interest many people.

She writes that she will be telling "many stories...rivers and rivulets and creeks. This story is about my cancer, it's about the ocean where all the rivers meet." I would describe her writing style as being like sea shore waves. The crests of the waves are her tale about discovering a cancer at age 50 that will kill her and how she copped with the terrible sentence. Yet, as she tells us about the cancer, as with waves, she constantly dips down to other interesting subjects. These include her upbringing; early life; use of drugs; losing her virginity at age 16; failed seven year marriage; panic in Safed in Israel during an attack upon the city from Lebanon; saving a man she found lying at the bottom of a pool in Singapore; a relationship with a philandering rabbi who took advantage of her; a man who stalked her believing she was his wife in another incarnation; discovery of Zionism in London; life in Australia; meeting another rabbi who introduced her to mysticism, kabala, and Judaism generally; meeting with her partner Doug; teaching Torah; the books she wrote; and the reactions of her mother and children to her cancer.

Readers will find out that while many people helped her cope with her cancer, some doctors did not.
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This is a deeply moving autobiographical work. It was written while the author was living with the knowledge that she was suffering from cancer. Her story of her learning about this and her contending with it is especially dramatic and moving. Masel was also a deeply devout Jewish woman who in her latter years became a respected teacher of Torah. In this she was helped and inspired by her close friend and teacher, Dr. Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg. Deborah Masel does not present a strict chronological narrative of her life but speaks reflectively about various times spent in Australia, England and Israel. She also does not go into great detail in regard to her family life. But she does inform us of her spiritual struggles, and of the deep meaning given to her life by her connection with Torah.
This is an inspiring and moving work but also a deeply painful one. It could not be more highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJB on August 28, 2011
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As one who also lives with metastatic breast cancer, this is one of the most well written books I have read about the whole cancer experience. Deb weaves facts, story and deep faith. I will recommend this to my support group.
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follow with Deborah Masel as she confronts her mortality, finding new meaning in Torah, new meaning in life, and new hope in G-d. A compelling story, with many, many profound truths.
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