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To Begin Again: The Journey Toward Comfort, Strength, and Faith in Difficult Times

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"Words that come from the heart enter the heart, an ancient rabbinic proverb instructs us. The words in this book come from the heart--mine and the hearts of others. I pray that you will find within them a spark that will ignite the flame of hope and the passion for healing that lies within us all."

Naomi Levy was a spirited fifteen-year-old when her father was murdered in
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Ballantine Books (first published 1998)
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Jan 30, 2016 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Levy gives a convincing argument, similar to Kushner in Why Bad Things Happen to Good People, but more comforting to me. Kushner’s G-d appears powerless to me. Levy’s G-d acknowledges how we can feel let down when the omnipotent power we believed could save us does not. She discusses how prayer can help us connect with who we are and what is important to us. And she also says this, which really resonated with me: p. 232 “I pictured G-d as a powerful old man who sat on a throne in heaven and swoo ...more
Cathryn Dolly
This book BLEW me away.... in terms of how and why various losses can be hard to deal with. I had a sister who passed away many years ago a slighly differnt cirumstances than the author's father a robbery gone bad while in my sisters case it was a murder homindence at a family restutrant.
The unexpected loss had such an effect on me that I find it differcult to explain sometimes and sometimes being too cautious in life.
When Namnoi explained on the Lot of Losses she had when her father died I ha
Sep 13, 2011 Dee rated it it was amazing
Awesome book for anyone who has gone through great loss and for anyone just desiring more depth and understanding regarding this issue...particularly deaths of those you deeply love. Naomi Levy is a rabbi and she adds to her writtings a Godly presence which gives one a peaceful strength when trying to move on in life from one's loss. Great book to keep!
Dec 24, 2013 Kaye rated it really liked it
A really great book detailing various types of loss, and how to pick up and go on again. Rabbi Levy also approaches the role of God in tragedy in a different way (less magic, more realism with miracles included).
Apr 24, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing
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Terrific book, reflecting on shattering loss, struggle, and how we find healing and hope and sometimes just a badly needed lifeline through faith.
Nov 11, 2008 Marla rated it it was amazing
This was recently given to me. I liked the authors approach to handling some difficult subjects. It never hurts to relearn a few things.
Apr 23, 2010 Cathey rated it really liked it
Very insightful book about loss & life changing events. Rabbi Naomi Levy tells her story about her Dad's death.
Jun 19, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
Comforting stories. My cousin recommended this book when a close friend passed on.
Aug 30, 2007 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone suffering loss
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most important book i have ever read. it brought me out of grief and back to life
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Jun 29, 2013 Kimberly Simpson rated it it was amazing
A bit too self-helpy for me ..... but still a beautiful book
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“The women looked from one to the other, knowing what the men didn’t know. We knew the heartbeat and interior graces, compensation for our own clumsiness; the beatitude as we renounced our bodies, our noble little parasites the higher calling. We knew, without saying, the watery rollover, tremor, seismic shudders, the steadiness of the baby’s hiccups, the reliable stab from a kick to the kidney” 1 likes
“Sometimes when we’re suffering we feel as if we have been singled out. We wonder why God has picked on us. But my life as the rabbi of a small synagogue taught me that if that’s what we think, we are mistaken. We are never alone in our suffering. Scratch the surface of any family, any social gathering, any congregation, and you will find loss and pain there. We may not always be privy to the pain, but it is there just the same. If we had the power to peer inside the heart of any human being, we would uncover there a silent anguish.” 0 likes
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