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Sherri is the author of The Blessing of a Broken Heart, winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award. Reprinted with permission of The Toby Press and Sherri Mandell. 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.
A journey of healing from horrific grief
The Blessing of a Broken Heart
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...
Think of the child as a crop. There are different ways of watering crops. You can pour water on them with rotary sprinklers, a whirling deluge; or you can conserve your energy and work on the roots, gently...
When concealment is healthy
Before this, I was the kind of person who never lied. I felt that honesty was truth and that I needed to engage in truth, at all costs.I have greater insight now about the issue of concealment . . .
Gila grew up in an observant home, Ben's family was less observant. Gila didn't know why Yosef thought to put them together...
A lesson from Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai
I resent them for having this conversation while I am in the room. I cannot share their interest in fabrics and sizes and prices. I have come here to swim to encourage the pain to move through me . . .
This young woman, with her dark, black shiny hair, had a spirit and effervescence I could only admire. I thought to myself: she has no idea of the pain I am living with, the weight of what I carry...
I am full and empty. I lose the love, the joy, the security of an intact life. But I learned the beauty of surrender...
I don't know how I will put aside my pain for the coming Shabbat. The pain is too raw, too overwhelming, yet in a strange way, I need it. I want it. It is my connection with my dead son...
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