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Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew

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Anita Diamant's knowledge, sensitivity, and clarity have made her one of the most respected writers of guides to Jewish life. In Saying Kaddish, she shows how to make Judaism's time-honored rituals into personal, meaningful sources of comfort. Diamant guides the reader through Jewish practices that attend the end of life, from the sickroom to the funeral to the week, month ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Schocken (first published 1998)
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Alto2
Jul 04, 2008 Alto2 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I suppose I should have read this before my father died. I suppose I should have read this right after my father died. I didn't. I'm reading it now, and, although it makes me sad, it helps me understand the Jewish way in mourning and death. It was a mildly helpful book in terms of the rituals surrounding Jewish death and dying.

The one who really should read it next is my husband. His parents are in their late 70s.
Sharon
Oct 05, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly says she wonders who taught me to pick out books! HA! This one is very interesting --Of course, I am not Jewish, but I am appreciating learning about the traditions and how saying Kaddish is a form of comfort for the loss of a loved one.
There are probably things in the Kaddish tradition that we as Christian's could use to help us when we go through the loss of someone we care about.
Susan
Feb 22, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Unlike most books I read, I didn't choose this one, or read it for pleasure. Rather, our rabbi gave it to me when my husband died. It talks about everything I needed to know about what would happen and what I needed to do, as well as giving down-to-earth advice about the process of grieving. It's something I'll keep and refer to again and again.

Diamant has included an interesting appendix, "Planning for the Unthinkable," in which she urges us all to prepare for our own deaths by, among other thi
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Emilia P
Anita, always solid stuff. Caring for the dying and the dead, sitting Shiva, sticking to rhythms, turning the focus from the mourned to the mourner deliberately. I learned some great things about ways to mark and understand dying in a Jewish cultural and religious context, but as often is the case, I found myself seeking a philosophical solace in a how-to book. Diamant is great at straddling that line, but I expected a slightly heavier tome. Ah well. It was quite good, and I'm glad she is there ...more
Francie
Jan 07, 2013 Francie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gift from my rabbi when my mother passed away in November, 2012, this book has guided and comforted me through these early weeks of mourning. Diamant clearly explains traditional Jewish customs and beliefs while offering support for less traditional Jews to find a meaningful path to healing from such loss. Never "preachy," "Saying Kaddish" is a book I will return to throughout the coming months and keep in my library for reference and comfort in the future.
Elyse P
Aug 21, 2015 Elyse P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful book when dealing with the process of grief and mourning from a Jewish perspective. Educational as well as spiritual. Most Most of the book is written with an orthodox lens, but there is some information on how each of the branches of Judaism observe.
Laurie
Oct 27, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, practical information about how to deal with death in the family following the Jewish religion.
Andrew Newman
Jul 27, 2015 Andrew Newman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I skimmed this book when my father passed away suddenly, and just got around to rereading it with a different focus toward the end of my period of mourning. A valuable, insightful resource.
Robin
Oct 15, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Written with kindness and all the necessary details. This is one to keep on hand at home; it even made me feel better.
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