36 Jewish Quotes on Resilience That Will Teach You How To Be Strong
Last year before Rosh Hashanah, I collected a few sentences from the Rosh Hashanah prayers that I feel are particularly meaningful. One of the prayers is: “Transform my suffering into gladness,” based on Cantor’s Personal Prayer before Musaf.
One of the highest forms of suffering I can imagine is the loss of a child. I cannot imagine such a loss or what it is like to move forward after this tragic event. Under these circumstances, how is it possible for a parent to transform their suffering into gladness?
Sherri Mandell experienced this loss in 2001 when her 13-year-old son, Koby, was stoned to death along with a friend by Palestinian terrorists near his Tekoa home. This experience led her on four essential healing paths:
Create the Koby Mandell Foundation with her husband, based in Israel. The foundation offers therapeutic healing programs for those who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother or child to terrorism.
Become a certified pastoral counselor who facilitates healing groups for bereaved mothers and manages support groups and retreats for widows and bereaved mothers.
Teach about grief and resilience around the world.