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The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy after Heartbreak

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A powerful, inspiring memoir in the vein of When Bad Things Happen to Good People about the wisdom a rabbi gained after his young son suffered a catastrophic brain stem stroke that left him quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator for each breath.

A wise, uplifting memoir about a rabbi’s search for understanding and his discovery of hope and joy after his young son suffer
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Scribner
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J L's Bibliomania
In early September the blog Zeh Lezeh (For One Another), which focuses primarily on disability and inclusion advocacy in the Jewish community, published a entry by Rabbi Charles S. Sherman about his son Eyal, who suffered a stroke after childhood surgery to remove a benign tumor from his brain stem. I think I had also seen an article in the local Jewish newspaper about Eyal and Rabbi Sherman's 2014 book The Broken and the Whole. I was looking for something suitably Jewish to read on Yom Kippur, ...more
Emjay Luby
Jun 07, 2014 Emjay Luby rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a moving memoir of a family who sacrificed greatly to care for and nourish their severely handicapped son, Eyal. Although he could move nothing more than his mouth (he couldn't speak) and required around-the-clock care, his parents, Rabbi Charles and Leah Sherman, helped him to experience life to the fullest. He went to school, to malls and museums, graduated from Syracuse University, attends synagogue, and keeps up with current events. He is an amazing young man (now 32) beca ...more
Marika
Rabbi Charles Sherman puts a name and a face to the concept that bad things indeed happen to good people. The Sherman's young son Eyal becomes ill at the age of 4 and after surgery suffers a catastrophic stroke. The stroke leaves Eyal unable to speak, move, feed himself or even breathe on his own. Told that he would not survive, the Sherman's take their son home and begin a courageous journey into discovering who they really are and how strong they are. This book is a *rubber meets the road* typ ...more
Susan Adler
Jun 29, 2014 Susan Adler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I often check the new book shelves at the library to see if there is anything in the 296's (Jewish stuff in Dewey land.) Last week I saw one title on the shelf and picked it up. Turned out it was a book by the father of one of Elisabeth's good friends from JTS. Rabbi Charles Sherman has written a small masterpiece. It should take it's rightful place in all Jewish (and human) libraries but I hope it never stays on the shelf for long. It should be read by everyone who lives a life where both bad a ...more
Lyn
Dec 19, 2013 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Book of Hope and Peace
Most of us will face tragedy and trauma in our lives. The Broken and the Whole offers you hope on how not to just survive but how to learn to thrive again. Encouragement abounds and hope follows. This is a well written book that is meant to be read and savored. I read it and sat it down so I could absorb the ideas being shared. May reading this book bring you the peace and joy that reading it brought me. NetGalley and Scribner provided an advanced review copy of this book
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Kristine
Mar 02, 2014 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was very personal and uplifting. The author does not sugar coat his feelings in this, making the book real. The book drove home the message that the circumstances of your life at a singular point in time do not have to define everything in your life. You have a choice to go on and adapt.
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