The Gift of Grief

Matthew D. Gewirtz
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By – January 5, 2012
All of us must con­front loss in our lives. In address­ing the pain and suf­fer­ing often asso­ci­at­ed with loss, the­olo­gians have devel­oped a vari­ety of approach­es, from sug­gest­ing that the suf­fer­er did some­thing that result­ed in pun­ish­ment to argu­ing that suf­fer­ing can cleanse one’s soul. Rab­bi Gewirtz dis­miss­es these ratio­nal­iza­tions, sim­ply stat­ing that suf­fer­ing and pain occur as a part of life, some­times for no rea­son. The grief that con­fronts us in those sit­u­a­tions, and the ways in which we respond, can, how­ev­er, offer us an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn valu­able lessons that we are able to apply to our lives. The author makes his case suc­cinct­ly, putting deep philo­soph­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal insights into eas­i­ly under­stand­able language.
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.

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