A NEW PUBLICATION BY SIMCHA PAULL RAPHAEL
recently published by Albion-Andalus Books, of Boulder, CO
THE GRIEF JOURNEY AND THE AFTERLIFE:
Jewish Pastoral Care for Bereavement
THE GRIEF JOURNEY AND THE AFTERLIFE synthesizes an understanding of traditional Jewish rituals of death and mourning, with contemporary psychological perspectives on grief and bereavement. Simcha Paull Raphael integrates the traditional understanding of Jewish mourning rituals with little known teachings from Jewish mysticism on the afterlife journey of the soul. This book is provides practical guidelines for walking the mourner’s path, for professional care-givers and for those walking the wrestling with grief and loss, and their families.
FROM Rabbi Dayle Friedman, author of Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife
FROM Rabbi Jack Riemer, editor of Jewish Reflections on Death
SECOND EDITION NOW AVAILABLE!
JEWISH VIEWS OF THE AFTERLIFE is a unique historical and philosophical study tracing the evolution of ideas about individual postmortem survival in Judaism. Originally published in 1994, this book has become a classic in its time, the most comprehensive examination of life after death in Judaism available in English.
Surveying a far-ranging assortment of texts on life after death in Bible, Apocrypha, Rabbinic literature, medieval philosophy, medieval legendary Midrash, and the Jewish mystical traditions of Kabbalah and Hasidism, this book presents an extensive portrayal of the ever-changing notions of life after death over a period of almost four millennia.
In addition, through a synthesis of Jewish sources with contemporary psychological thought, near-death experiences and consciousness research, JEWISH VIEWS OF THE AFTERLIFE offers a contemporary statement on ways of understanding the afterlife journey of the soul from a spiritual point-of-view.
Now a revised second edition of the JEWISH VIEWS OF THE AFTERLIFE has been published by Rowman and Littlefield, and features new material on the practical implications of Jewish afterlife beliefs, including funeral, burial, Shiva, and an updated preface looking at how views on life after death have changed in recent years.
While many affirm a belief in the afterlife, a scarce few are aware of where these teachings can be found in Jewish literature. Both historical and contemporary, this book provides a rich resource for scholars and lay people, for teachers and students, and makes a significant contribution to the growing contemporary psychology of death and dying.
A signed copy of Jewish Views of the Afterlife, with “Forward” by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, can be purchased directly from author. Buy online by clicking here, or order by mail below:
Paperback Edition $39.95 plus $4.50 S&H
Send check or money order, payable to:
Dr. Simcha Raphael
6833 Wayne Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Review of JEWISH VIEWS OF THE AFTERLIFE by Jaron Justin Lewis, Religion Dept., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, vol. 40 (June 2011), 253-255
DA’AT INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS!
“DAAT” is a Hebrew word that means “knowledge”, and it is the philosophy of the DA’AT INSTITUTE that both a well-informed knowledge and a compassionate caring heart, together, are powerful and effective ways of helping people live with the reality of death and loss in our times. To further this end, in addition to offering bereavement and hospice counseling, the DA’AT INSTITUTE is committed to preparing and distributing educational resources on death and afterlife. A newly published series of booklets written by Simcha Raphael is now available through the DA’AT INSTITUTE ONLINE BOOKSTORE.
From Stella Veretnik, San Diego, CA
From Richard Marceau, Gatineau, Quebec, editor of The Canadian Haggadah canadienne