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Divorce Is a Mitzvah

A Practical Guide to Finding Wholeness and Holiness When Your Marriage Dies

Rabbi Perry Netter
Afterword by Rabbi Laura Geller

6 x 9, 224 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-172-5

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Finalist—Benjamin Franklin Award, Psychology/Self-Help!

 

If your marriage must come to an end, do it the right way—
with wisdom, practicality, and understanding.
What does Judaism tell you about divorce? What guidance, strength, and insight can Judaism provide?
In this first-of-its-kind handbook, Perry Netter—divorcé, father, congregational rabbi, and pastoral counselor—shows how wholeness can be found in the midst of separation and divorce. With a title drawn from the words of the eleventh-century biblical commentator known as Rashi, Divorce Is a Mitzvah provides practical wisdom, information, and strength from a Jewish perspective for those experiencing the challenging life-transition of divorce.
Drawing on wisdom from centuries of biblical and rabbinic teachings, as well as modern psychological research, Netter offers suggestions for transitioning through the stages of separation and building a new life.
This indispensable guide for people in crisis—and the family members, friends, and counselors who interact with them—shows us how to transform a traumatic time of life into one of growth, right behavior, and greater spiritual understanding.
“A rich resource for Jews seeking wisdom as they face divorce. Skillfully draws upon Jewish tradition to point the way to a path of holiness and hope amidst divorce’s painful terrain of sadness, anger, and confusion.”
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, editor, Jewish Pastoral Care:
A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources;
director, Geriatric Chaplaincy Program, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
 “A highly readable explanation of the cycle of love, marriage, and divorce, drawing on Judaic sources, psychology, true stories, and personal experience. Reveals great truths and can enhance a stable marriage, help a marriage in crisis, and facilitate divorce if needed.”
Rabbi Levi Meier, PhD, chaplain, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; clinical psychologist; author, Ancient Secrets: Using the Stories of the Bible
to Improve Our Everyday Lives
 “A unique, perceptive, and constructive book about divorce. Any Jewish divorcing couple will find the wisdom and guidance in this book a great help.”
E. M. Hetherington, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia; author, For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered
Rabbi Laura Geller, the third woman to be ordained in the Reform movement, is the first woman to become senior rabbi of a major metropolitan congregation, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. She is an authority on women’s spirituality and the Jewish tradition.

 

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