Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wis­dom to Stop Wait­ing and Start Living

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By – August 30, 2011
There is a motif in ancient and in con­tem­po­rary Jew­ish and Chris­t­ian writ­ings about a par­ent hav­ing a child with seri­ous chal­lenges — phys­i­cal or devel­op­men­tal— who caus­es the par­ent to reex­am­ine his/​her own life and rec­og­nize new lessons for liv­ing. Just when you think that there is no new approach that a writer can bring to bear on this, along comes Rab­bi Levy with a tru­ly remark­able book. As her daugh­ter faces seri­ous, and still unre­solved chal­lenges, the author engages in deep self-reflec­tion, look­ing at her life as a moth­er, a wife, a writer, and a rab­bi. Through­out this book, she opens her soul to the pub­lic, invit­ing the read­er to walk through her per­son­al jour­ney with her. There is inspi­ra­tion to be found in every chap­ter for any­one who has faced life’s var­ied chal­lenges. The writ­ing style is quite unique: brief chap­ters, each a part of her family’s sto­ry, a quote from Yid­dish or Hebrew wis­dom, and a suc­cinct les­son that extends far beyond her family’s par­tic­u­lar history.
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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