In our untethered world, simply being a good person has become a measure of heroism. Mensch·Marks is memoir as sacred story as self-help book, a series of personal vignettes in dialogue with one another over the span of decades, resonating with eternal ideas that span centuries. Mirroring the 42 steps Israel wandered in the Wilderness, Rabbi Hammerman offers 42 brief essays organized into categories of character, or “mensch-marks,” each one a stepping stone toward spiritual maturation. These essays cover crucial moments of failure and forgiveness, loving and letting go, work and worship, and finding meaning in the seemingly inconsequential moments of everyday life. It traces the author’s own personal growth while providing a road map for people of all backgrounds seeking a life of moral vision. The wisdom is shared not from a pulpit on high, but from an unfolding story of a fellow traveler who has stumbled, failed and persevered while trying to live with dignity and grace. Ever the optimist, Hammerman believes we can turn things around, one mensch at a time.
Mensch-Marks: Life Lessons of a Human Rabbi―Wisdom for Untethered Times
- From the Publisher
January 1, 2013
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