- Paperback: 317 pages
- Publisher: A.R.E. Press (Association of Research & Enlig; 1st edition (November 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0876042930
- ISBN-13: 978-0876042939
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond the Ashes: Cases of Reincarnation from the Holocaust Paperback – November, 1992
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"Beyond the Ashes... builds bridges among secular, political, and metaphysical realms. The seemingly effortless way in which Rabbi Gershom accomplishes so monumental a task pays tribute to the depth of knowledge and wisdom that was born of having transcended the very ashes of which he writes." -- Amy Shapiro, Journal of Regression Therapy, 1994
"He [Gershom] is certainly a dynamic force to be reckoned with, bringing, as he does, many new ideas and concepts to the subject of reincarnation." -- Roy Stemman, editor,
"He [Gershom} is a sensitive counselor and spiritual healer, endowed with the understanding of dreams and visions, and a channel for the healing wisdom of the archetypal Tree of Life." -- Rabbi Zalman Schachter, from the cover
"Rabbi Gershom addresses the Jewish traditional beliefs about the afterlife, all of which are important perspectives to be aware of for those willing to explore metaphysical issues... His presentation is compelling." -- Carole Clarke, Assn. for Past Life Research and Therapies (APRT) Newsletter, 1996
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As an interfaith minister I was interested to learn more of the Hasidic and Kabala philosophy (they understand reincarnation) and found his description of Hasidic customs enlightening. The author's extensive explanation of the emphasis of genetics in Judaism is also fascinating, as far as it goes. His final message, including Hopi prophecy, is one of global spiritual unity and world peace.
This is intense heavy duty reading, not for the faint of heart but highly informative and evidential of the power of healing by the release of our past traumas.
Rev. Noël Szundy, MSW
For anyone interested in reincarnation this one's a KEEPER.
I read this book after reading Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder, a book that would cause most people of common sense to swear off reading horror stories ever again because of its faithful accounting of the murders that Rabbi Gershom describes in meeting some of those reincarnated souls. Gershom's book seemed like a good follow as a way of understanding the wanton devastation left by Hitler and Stalin, in a quasi-religious quest for Hitler to finally remove a perceived blight by Judaism and, in the case of Stalin, to remove any obstacle to his establishing the first communist state, obstacles that also included the murder of many Jews but not only Jews. The book did show that Stalin was a more inventive, prolific, and more personal murderer.
The question then becomes if Nazi Catholicism did not succeed and Stalinist Communism failed to remove the obstacles to some larger order, why did these people have to be killed? Why did they have to die in a larger sense, in a Cosmic sense? At this point in history, the same question might be asked in a much broader context. Why do there need to be wars in the Ukraine and in the Arab world? Wanton murder in Africa? Why do we learn nothing about ourselves as people and as a race? Why is history no longer taught in the public schools or more fully discussed in the media? Why are news agencies allowed to present lies and crass opinions instead of doing honest reporting? This is no different than what allowed two major powers to try to exterminated a race, indeed races, with a single pistol shot in the back of the head. What is it that makes a nation's culture adhere to poorly drawn fairytales about monster invasions rather than try to find a home under the stars?
There is no doubt that a good question far more useful than a good answer. This book will provide plenty of good questions for thoughtful people who feel lost in the world such as it is.
Rabbi Gershom does not answer these questions, but he tries and he does it with heart and with sense.