Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times

Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times


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Each generation produces a new teacher with a healing view of loss--the mystery and difficulty no one can avoid. It was the loss that surrounded him that led David Wolpe to become a rabbi. He questioned not why we lose so much--but how we could use this inevitable experience as a source of strength rather than despair. "Could I," he asked, "with the powers of my own hand and heart, ... turn a painful, inexplicable loss into a generator of purpose and of hope?" The answer has been a resounding yes.

Through the wisdom of ancient stories, the great rabbis, poets, and philosophers, and Wolpe's own experience as a rabbi, a son, a grandson, a husband, and a father, this beautifully written book shows us how to find faith in difficulty--the faith, hope, and purpose that help us to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573221412
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/10/1999
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

David J. Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California, and has been named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Wolpe, a weekly columnist for, has been published and profiled in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Jewish Week. He is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times.

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Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bostonian71 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Does a good job of explaining the various types of loss (from home to identity to life), and sensitively describes the dilemma faced by anyone caught between fear of loss and fear of not living a full life. What I missed were concrete strategies on how to create meaning after a loss. It's one thing to tell us (repeatedly) that we must somehow make meaning after a loss; it's another to suggest ways how to do so, and I wish Rabbi Wolpe had taken that step.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this latest work, Rabbi Wolpe deftly discusses the notion of 'loss' and how it pertains to many aspects of life. Though the title itself might cause one to think that the subject matter is solely about sadness and pain, the author shows (quite clearly) that loss is a natural outgrowth of experiencing life. All transitions involve some bit of loss as we move from stage to stage; Wolpe analyzes this phenomenon by addressing losses in chapters concerning Home, Dreams, Self, Love, Faith and Life. For anyone who has experienced life's ups and downs to any degree can identify with the inspiring teaching contained within this book. Making Loss Matter is a worthy read, and should prompt its readers to examine their lives more carefully, with an eye toward recognizing and acknowledging the blessings that they truly do have.