Praise for Why God Why?
I read this book both as a manuscript and in print form and I think it may be a helpful resource for some people in pain.The book is:
Why God Why? How to Believe in Heaven When it Hurts Like Hell, by Rabbi Gershon Schusterman.
Rabbi Schusterman lost his 36-year-old wife and was left with 11 children. He writes of his journey to dig deep and own every answer he was telling himself and others.
The book is written in an extremely conversational style—an easy read—but in no way one that minimizes or simplifies things. It is deep and demanding of the reader but in a kind way. That’s the way it felt for me.
The author weaves his experiences with stories and sources and philosophical debates. The book was written in a way that would be a welcome read for unaffiliated Jews as well as observant Jews so he weaves classic Torah thoughts with quotes from some psychological sources but it is very clear throughout the book that the author is steeped in Torah views and that is his primary lens through which all ideas are viewed.
I read it during a period of immense pain and it was so humbly done that I couldn’t resist it. I gently shared it with a teen who was not finding many reads satisfactory because essentially she needed something that would balance head and heart pain—she is almost done and said she will absolutely be reading it again.
As with all books of this nature: it is not for everyone. It is also not meant to be imposed on someone. But I found it to be an excellent hidden gem that would be helpful to know about.