To Begin Again

By Naomi Levy. Knopf, 267 pp.

A fragment of a prayer—"Remind me of the person I used to be"—poignantly sums up the theme of Naomi Levy's book about finding one's way back to hope and strength after great grief. Levy was a member of the first class of women admitted to study for the rabbinate at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the first Conservative woman rabbi to serve a west coast congregation. Her own struggle with grief began in her teens, when her father was murdered. Her desire to help others through the valley of the shadow of death is grounded on this experience.

 

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