The December Project

The December Project

An Extraordinary Rabbi and A Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery

Book - 2014
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"...journalist and bestselling author Sara Davidson met with Jewish Renewal leader and iconic rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi every Friday for two years to discuss the spiritual work people must undergo during the 'December' or latter years of their lives. At 85, Shachter-Shalomi wanted to teach people how to navigate the December of life and to help them 'not freak out about dying.' For two years, Davidson and the rabbi met to explore our greatest mystery. Interspersed with their talks are sketches from Reb Zalman's past. During their time together, Davidson was nearly killed by a suicide bomb and Reb Zalman struggled with a steep decline in health. Together they created strategies to deal with pain and memory loss, and found tools to cultivate simplicity, fearlessness, and joy--at any age. Davidson includes twelve exercises in the book so that readers can experience what she did--making peace with our fear of dying so that we can live more fully today."
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062281746
Branch Call Number: 296.7 D284D 2014
Characteristics: xii, 193 pages ; 22 cm


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After meeting with 89-year-old Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi every week for two years, Sara Davidson created a memoir of what they learned and how they changed.

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Jun 05, 2014

Very good information on the end of life with dignity, humor and quotes from those who have made the journey already.


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