Review of Journey Together

July 29, 2015

By Rabbi Ari EnkinJourney Together: 49 Steps to Transforming a Family

Following the order of the “sefirot” that are a popular study during the Sefirat Ha’omer period, Journey Together is a guide for building and repairing relationships during the 49 days of the sefira count. Consistent with the themes of the individual sefirot, the primary attributes that are focused in the book are: loving kindness, strength/restraint, harmony/truth, endurance, humility, foundation/bonding, and leadership/nobility.

The book opens with a great introduction on the importance if counting the omer, and a primer about the concept of the sefirot. Each of the seven content-packed chapters opens with an explanation of what that week’s sefira emanation represents. For example, week one opens with a discussion of “chessed” and its ramifications on creation and the world. We then examine examples of the day’s sefira in the context of the Biblical figure who is associated with it, and then move on into the motivational stories. And so it is with each day’s sefira count

The book is overflowing with ideas and inspirational teachings, anecdotes, analogies, and stories to help us transform the days of sefira for better. There is an extremely refreshing blend of teachings from modern day rabbis, educators and inspirational speakers, such as Rebbetzin Jungreis, Rabbi Avraham Twerski, Rabbi J.B. Soloevitchik, Rabbi Akiva Tatz, Rabbi David Aaron, Rabbi Stewart Weiss, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, and many others.  Read the rest of this entry »


Review of Journey Together: 49 Steps to Transforming a Family

June 2, 2015

By Daniel D. Stuhlman, AJL ReviewsJourney Together: 49 Steps to Transforming a Family

“…this book connects seven sefirot of Kabbalah to the 49 days of counting the omer. Each one of the weeks has one of these concepts as a base and each day is paired with each of the other concepts. For example Chesed (loving kindness) is the base for week one. Pairing gevurah (strength/discipline) with chesed recognizes that for health and growth there are times when love is restrained by discipline. The author gives examples and wisdom from the Bible, rabbinic literature and contemporary sources. Then the author connects these ideas to advice for family relationships. Each chapter ends with questions for further discussion and thought.

This book made me think about kindness, strength, truth, eternity, humility, bonding, and leadership and how combinations of these concepts temper and reinforce each other.”

AJL Reviews


Sarah Hermelin on Yom Kippur

September 28, 2014

Sarah Hermelin, author of  Journey Together: 49 Steps to Transforming a Family, will be speaking for women at the OU Center in Jerusalem from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm on WedJourney Together: 49 Steps to Transforming a Familynesday, October 1.

Sarah will be speaking about “Yom Kippur–The Time is Now”  Strategies and Techniques to Really Make a Change; Create a Yom Kippur Action Plan for the Entire Year–Your Life Depends on It!!

Don’t miss this great event!