Synopsis: Living in the Shadow of Death: A Rabbi Copes with Cancer is a heartfelt account of how Rabbi Weinblatt confronts cancer after receiving this devastating diagnosis, this memoir traces his journey from beginning to end. It deals with his emotions, fears, and treatment and offers comfort, encouragement, and inspiration from a Jewish perspective. Using humor and coupling it with the wisdom of Jewish and Biblical sources as reflected in his sermons and other communications and writings, his words are a vehicle for sharing his experience and insights as he battles this disease. As a comforter to others, as well as a recipient of comfort, support, and love from family, friends, and members of his congregation, Living in the Shadow of Death is also a valuable tool for clergy and health care professionals who interact with and counsel individuals in similar situations.
Critique: Candid, informative, and ultimately inspiring, Living in the Shadow of Death: A Rabbi Copes with Cancer is a compelling read from beginning to end. Rabbi Stuart G. Weinblatt (founder of the Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland) has done a tremendous service to others having to face similar threats of terminal illness. Living in the Shadow of Death is very highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections.
This review originally appears on Midwest Book Review.