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Koby Mandell was just thirteen on May 8, 2001, when he and his friend cut school to go hiking. Their bodies were found the next day. The boys had been brutally stoned to death in a cave in the heart of the Judean desert. Koby’s mom, Sherri Mandell, shares her emotional story of hope and faith.

The Blessing of a Broken Heart

The Blessing of a Broken Heart

A journey of healing from horrific grief

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The Blessing of a Broken Heart: A journey of healing from horrific grief

Koby Mandell was just thirteen on May 8, 2001, when he and his friend cut school to go hiking. Their bodies were found the next day. The boys had been brutally stoned to death in a cave in the heart of the Judean desert. Koby’s mom, Sherri Mandell, shares her emotional story of hope and faith.
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This lecture was filmed by the Goldstein Family Learning Academy
at the Chabad Jewish Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sherri Mandell is the author of The Blessing of a Broken Heart, a collection of essays and stories written after her son Kobi's murder. The Blessing of a Broken Heart is available from all fine book sellers, Amazon and bn.com. Sherri has established the The Koby Mandell Foundation in her son’s honor.
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Orah Prendergast jamaica August 1, 2017

Blessings of a broken heart. Shalom, this was a very moving story for me. I really felt your pain, I lost two children a son and a daughter. My heart is so fill now, however you have me strength. May your services to those other families be a blessing. May Hashem continue to strengthen you and your family. Reply

antonio sabella providence,r.i. March 23, 2015

blessing of a broken heart so moving that my eyes are filled with tears. Reply

deb June 27, 2013

Shira,

your heartfelt honesty really touched me. Thank you Reply

Anonymous Amsterdam June 26, 2013

i never reilly understood the power of the group, i still don't but some light came with your words and i know that i will understand it fully one day. I will remember your powerfull story, thank you Reply

remy alexandru weszzenaar stockholm (sweden) June 26, 2013

very sad!! there's no way to comment this history
its too sad cause it envolve two innoncent kids
my respect to the family & my love to the two kids

god bless you all Reply

BeverleyPrice Johannesburg June 26, 2013

Shira connects many. I knew her from Jerusalem in the late 80's. You are a gift Sherri.Your humour (as old as we Jews) ameliorates, relieves, revives, helps to remember. Nevertheless I wish you comfort. Reply

Anonymous USA June 25, 2013

The Blessing Of A Broken Heart My dear Lady, you are such a beautiful woman. Inside and out. I can feel you grief although there is so much strength within. All I can feel is admiration for you. Instead of hatred, I feel love. Instead of anger I feel peace. Instead of vengeance feel submission. Baruch Hashem!! He has given you His Precious Love, and endurance. May our Blessed One keep on blessing you with such gifts. Reply

Anonymous June 25, 2013

I can't recall the last time I read or heard something so beautiful and rich come from so dark a place. Thank you for baring your heart to help others heal. Reply