Saturday, June 21, 2003

Important Book

Rachel Lev recently published a phenominal book on the issue of child sexual abuse and Judaism. The title is Shine the Light: Sexual Abuse and Healing in the Jewish Community.

I resonated with many of the stories told in the book (Rachel tells her story as well as other contributors), appreciated her teachings about elements of family dynamics in our culture (Jewish culture and the intersection of Jewish and American culture), and the many helpful chapters on hope, survivorship and thrivership. The extensive appendicies provide resources, helpful hints and rituals to use in our healing.

Here is a quote from Rachel Lev's website on the book:
"Take an extraordinary journey into the stories, minds, and hearts of adult Jewish survivors of sexual abuse and incest and those who care about them. This book offers the rare opportunity for survivors to speak for themselves, through first-hand accounts, poetry, and artwork, beautifully reproduced in color."

Your sister survivor.

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