Friday, November 3 • 10:30am
A Daughter’s Kaddish
A Daughter’s Kaddish recounts Sarah Birnbach’s year-long odyssey to honor her beloved father by reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish twice daily in synagogue for eleven months, despite her father’s initial request that she hire a male to do so.
Needing to travel for work, Sarah had to find morning and evening minyans in each city she visited, a challenge that brought pleasant surprises — and upsets. A novice worshipper and single working mother, Sarah’s obstacles were many, including gender-based resistance to her prayer practice, her daughter’s near-fatal car accident, an incident that tore her synagogue apart, and her mother’s dismissiveness.
Determined to fulfill her commitment to her father, Sarah found that the rewards of reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish are as much for the mourner, as for the soul of the deceased, and that the support of the minyaneers can lead to true healing.This memoir demonstrates the power of Judaism’s traditional mourning rituals to bring us closer to our faith and provide meaning and comfort to those who grieve.
About the Author: Sarah’s writing career began after successful careers as a management consultant and family therapist. As a sought-after motivational speaker, she has delivered over 500 presentations. Her stories have been published in numerous magazines and journals plus The Washington Jewish Week and The Jerusalem Post. She is a third-generation lifetime Hadassah member and is active in the Women’s National Book Association.
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