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The year mom got religion : one woman's midlife journey into Judaism
Hendler, Lee Meyerhoff, 1952-
Publication Information:
Woodstock, Vt. : Jewish Lights Pub., 1998.
Physical Description:
179 pages ; 24 cm
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BM723 .H38 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An inspiring, frank, and engaging"spiritual autobiography" that
will touch anyone seeking deeper meaning in their religious life.

As we come to recognize the need to nurture our spiritual lives as adults, The Year Mom Got Religion offers sensitive and intelligent wisdom from a woman who learned how awakening to religion can transform--and disrupt--a life. Lee Meyerhoff Hendler relates her awakening to Judaism. She also shares the hard lessons and realizations she confronted during the process. Her journey of the spirit is a powerful reminder that anyone, at any moment, can fully embrace faith--and meet every one of the challenges that occur along the way.

A poignant personal testimony of the discoveries, achievements, and disappointments of a woman's renewed commitment to her faith--and how her personal transformation deeply affected her lifestyle and relationships.

Born into a wealthy and prestigious family, Lee Meyerhoff Hendler was surrounded by privilege and was a rising leader in the Jewish community. Despite her prominence, she realized that something was lacking--and that Judaism needed to be more about spiritual fulfillment and relating to God than about simply writing checks to important causes or sitting on the boards of distinguished organizations.

Hendler discovered a void in her life that only Judaism could fill. She embarked upon a journey that took her through intensive study, regular synagogue attendance, renewed dedication to Jewish communal service, squabbles with her children about attending religious school, and quarrels with her husband about religion's sudden role in their daily lives.

If you are seeking deeper spiritual meaning in your life, or are close to someone who has embarked upon a similar journey, The Year Mom Got Religion offers candid and intelligent words of encouragement for the soul.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Hendler, a lecturer on leadership, Jewish identity, and philanthropy (she's involved in her family's philanthropic activities), perceived a void in her life that she believed only Judaism could fill. Hendler began by regularly attending synagogue services, "a voluntary foray," she calls it, without the provisional excuse of High Holy Days or a bar or bat mitzvah. She then learned Hebrew, explored the rituals of Judaism, studied Torah, and started keeping kosher. Hendler tells how her personal transformation affected her family, saying that the family's resistance and scorn left her confused, and that she became committed to trying to understand it. This enlightening memoir of her spiritual evolution is written with candor and feeling. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

The title of this spiritual autobiography belies the seriousness and courage with which Hendler approaches her topic. Here we have an intelligent, open, and thoughtful narrative, describing a very personal topic: as a leader of the Jewish philanthropic community in Baltimore, Hendler found herself drawn in mid-life to the ethics and values offered by formal Jewish religious knowledge and understanding. She was raised in a liberal Jewish family that never denied that they were Jews but did not concern themselves with formal religious practice. Hendler slowly began to study the Hebrew language, the Talmud and Torah, and formal religious services, working to establish her own personal relationship with God. We follow her development over a four-year period, from timid beginner to confident participant in Jewish religious practice, making inroads toward establishing a Jewish home with her family, who have come to appreciate and participate in her quest. Recommended for public libraries.¬ĎOlga B. Wise, Tandem Computers Inc., Austin (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.