There is a motif in ancient and in contemporary Jewish and Christian writings about a parent having a child with serious challenges — physical or developmental— who causes the parent to reexamine his/her own life and recognize new lessons for living. Just when you think that there is no new approach that a writer can bring to bear on this, along comes Rabbi Levy with a truly remarkable book. As her daughter faces serious, and still unresolved challenges, the author engages in deep self-reflection, looking at her life as a mother, a wife, a writer, and a rabbi. Throughout this book, she opens her soul to the public, inviting the reader to walk through her personal journey with her. There is inspiration to be found in every chapter for anyone who has faced life’s varied challenges. The writing style is quite unique: brief chapters, each a part of her family’s story, a quote from Yiddish or Hebrew wisdom, and a succinct lesson that extends far beyond her family’s particular history.
Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan is a Jewish educator and rabbi living in Miami, Florida. He serves as executive director of the Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education of Broward County.