This slender, enchanting book by Rabbi Levi Meier retells the story from the Book of Ruth, and shows how its lessons can be applied to living a joyful and compassionate life today. Although the Book of Ruth is read on Shavout, the festival commemorating the acceptance of the Torah at Mount Sinai, many of the lessons found inside this passionate story speak to chessed. (lovingkindness) Rabbi Meier examines the story of Ruth and applies its principles using anecdotes from clients he has encountered in his role as a rabbi and a clinical psychologist. By looking at who we are within the context of this most inspiring biblical story, our own attitudes can change, and new patterns of thought and behavior can emerge, enabling us to lead richer and more meaningful lives. By changing to achieve these ends, we are given what Rabbi Meier describes as second chances.
Well-crafted and accessible, Second Chances offers deep spiritual insight combined with practical wisdom. This is a book that will be appreciated by anyone interested in individual change as it relates to the principles of the Torah.