The Blessing of a Broken Heart
Koby Mandell was just thirteen-years-old on May 8, 2001, when he and his friend Yosef cut school to go hiking. Their bodies were found the next day. The boys had been brutally stoned to death in a cave in the heart of the Judean desert.
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Koby Mandell was just thirteen-years-old on May 8, 2001, when he and his friend Yosef cut school to go hiking. Their bodies were found the next day. The boys had been brutally stoned to death in a cave in the heart of the Judean desert. The extreme cruelty of this act of terror shocked the world. How does a family cope with the loss of a child through such horror?
Koby's mother Sherri has penned this absorbing, deeply painful and yet strangely beautiful account of her loss, sharing her thoughts and emotions as she moves through the first stages of mourning. Struggling to find a way to carry on, she embarks on a journey of discovery and growing faith as she endeavors to understand her pain in the context of 3,000 years of Jewish history and tradition. The Blessing of a Broken Heart is at once heartbreaking and life-affirming, shot through with immense pain and yet also with immense beauty and courage. Sherri's determination to choose hope and faith over despair and hate are humbling and moving, and her journey towards light and healing is an inspiration.
The Critics Praise:
'Sherri Mandell's wrenching, soulful and beautiful book is more than an act of remembrance. It is an act of grace.'
- John Podhoretz
'A spiritual journey of faith, hope and redemption. Each page is mystical and beautiful, written with profound emotion and deep sincerity. From the depths of darkness comes this uplifting poem of life. It is a must read for everyone.'
- Faye Kellerman
'It's a very moving book - it will accompany you for a long time.'
- Aharon Appelfeld
'Powerful and impassioned, uplifting and devastating both, Sherri Mandell's breathtaking prose takes the reader to the depths of pain and to faith's pinnacle. The Blessing of a Broken Heart is the ultimate testament of a woman's love for her son, for her country, and for God. Readers will never forget it.'
- Michael Oren
- Author/Artist: by Sherri Mandell
- Publisher: Toby Press
- Pages: 235
- Genre: Israeli Novels in English
- Binding: Hard cover
- Media: Book