Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife

Rabbi Dayle’s newest book: Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife, published in March, 2015 by Jewish Lights Publishing.

My sense is that the whole journey beyond midlife is a mysterious blend of light and dark, wholeness and fragility…. We have a chance beyond midlife to become the person we were truly meant to be. We can draw on everything we have experienced so far to contribute to the people around us and the wider world, and to find strength and resilience amid the challenges.
—from the Introduction

Rabbi, chaplain, teacher and spiritual guide Dayle Friedman guides seekers in finding the way to wholeness in this unprecedented swath of life. Rabbi Dayle offers inspiration and guidance for people of all faiths, for individuals and groups, for personal use and caregiving settings, to make greater meaning and teach them to flourish amid the daunting challenges of aging. With gentle guidance, she helps readers explore:

  • The Shatterings—the changes and challenges that confront people who are aging
  • The Sparks—the new beginnings that can take place in the wake of loss and limits
  • The Light of Wisdom—the ways people hone and share wisdom by living fully and generously

Each chapter explores a dimension of the path beyond midlife, and includes teachings from Jewish tradition, stories of people Rabbi Dayle has accompanied, taught and counseled. In addition, each chapter offers a Jewish spiritual practice to enables readers to deepen their resilience and wisdom in relationship to the theme, and concludes with a blessing for the reader.

The spiritual sustenance found here will inspire the discovery of radiance and resilience on the complex journey of growing older.

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