in this profoundly honest and revealing memoir, psychologist Dr. Naomi L. Baum, invites us to journey with her as she says Kaddish, the traditional Jewish mourner’s prayer, in the year following her mother’s death. When experiencing loss, we are often without words to describe how we are feeling. Finding a place to rest the pain, this book travels through the seasons of grief and will resonate with anyone who has lost someone dear. In this book, Dr. Baum draws on both her personal and professional experience as an expert in trauma and resilience building, to navigate this uncharted territory, as she takes a new look at tradition and discovers both emotional and spiritual sources of comfort in unexpected places.
"The mystery of the power of Kaddish is indescribable, yet Dr. Naomi Baum, with her sensitive and precise words, takes us on a journey to the farthest places in the mind, the soul, and the universe. She successfully weaves the wisdom of generations to her personal journey as a daughter, a woman, a psychologist, and a Jew. Perceptive and insightful!"
Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel
Director of Matan's Advanced Halakha Program