Living a Year of Kaddish by Ari Goldman
A Memoir

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Ari Goldman’s exploration of the emotional and spiritual aspects of spending a year in mourning for his father will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one, as he describes how this year affected him as a son, husband, father, and member of his community. Through the daily recitation of kaddish, Goldman discovered that he could connect with and honor his father and his mother in a way that he could not always do during their lifetimes. And in his daily synagogue attendance, he found his fellow worshipers to be an unexpected source of strength, wisdom, and comfort.

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About Ari Goldman

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Ari L. Goldman is the author of The Search for God at Harvard (a New York Times Notable Book) and Being Jewish. From 1973 to 1993 he was a reporter for The New York Times. Currently a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and the Jerusalem Post, and he lectures throughout the United States on both religion and journalism. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.From the Hardcover edition.
Published January 18, 2010 by Knopf Group E-Books. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Goldman (Being Jewish, 2000, etc.) examines a central practice of his religion in this account of the yearlong mourning ritual he observed after his devout father died.

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Finding himself an orphan at age 50, Goldman forthrightly shares his ruminations about the meaning of this status, and sensitively scrutinizes the implications of such insights for his relationships with his wife, children, brothers and friends.

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Goldman laments the gap that separated them for years but is able to come to a truce with his father by rejoicing in the gifts he passed on to him — teaching him to pray, to cherish Israel, and to be committed to Orthodox Judaism: "From him I learned the rhythm and cadence of prayer and the raptu...

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