Jewish Media Review on Journey Together

by Rabbi Dov Peretz ElkinsJourney Together: 49 Steps to Transforming a Family

As Rabbi David Aaron, well-known author and educator in Jerusalem (Isralight), writes: “Journey Together shares inspirational secrets to the ultimate meaning of Sefirat HaOmer showing how to plug into the passion and power it provides.”

And another Jerusalem author, and well-known teacher, Sara Rigler, says about this book: “Sarah Hermelin calls the 49-day process of counting the Omer, ‘a gift.’ Unfortunately, for most Jews that gift has sat on the dining room table for years and decades, wrapped, unused, and unappreciated. Even those Jews who have attempted to unwrap the gift have found a confusing jumble of disparate parts with baffling, abstract instructions. In her ground-breaking book, Journey Together, Sarah Hermelin has not only unwrapped the gift, but she has also has provided clear, practical instructions for how to use it.”

Offering a model of self-improvement rooted in Jewish thought, Journey Together: 49 Steps to Transforming a Family explains the mystical system of counting the Omer “the Jewish practice of counting the days between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot” focusing on a different attribute on each of the 49 days. Following the Sefirat HaOmer calendar, the author presents daily readings of inspirational stories from the Torah, Tanakh, Talmud and Midrash, as well as uplifting narratives from modern-day life. Each chapter concludes with exercises for both adults and children, in order to bring relevance to the attribute of the day and show how it can serve to improve one’s character traits and family bonds.

Self-transformation is possible in just 49 days through the mystical system of counting the Omer. Families who count together improve together.

In Journey Together, Sarah Hermelin combines inspiring Torah examples and moving modern-day stories to truly “bring to life” the mitzvah of counting the Omer for the entire family, parents and children alike. The author’s insights presented here flow out of three decades of experience in the areas of adolescent education, leadership training and development, management coaching and counseling, public speaking, and business. Her formal schooling includes degrees in history, education, and counseling; she is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s Executive Development Program. Projects which Sarah has both written and helped direct have won a number of Stevie Awards (the “Oscars” given out for the best productions in the business world).

Augmenting Sarah’s diverse work experiences are decades of Torah learning and devotion to Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael. Her goal in writing this book is to make Sefirat HaOmer become a transforming experience for all Jewish families who take the time to read Journey Together and apply its insights and lessons to their lives.

Sarah lives in Jerusalem with her family.

The article is from the Jewish Media Review

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