Writing from a Torah perspective, the author has compiled an indispensible guide relating to elder care and Kibbud Av V’eim. Among the topics addressed in detail: Caring for a frail and sick parent, care management, end of life issues, aveilus, honoring parents after their petirah, confronting the challenges of life, death, and illness.
The text is filled with halachic and hashkafic material, essential Responsa from Sages past and present, and also includes an Appendix of pertinent resource documents.
This authoritative, groundbreaking text is an essential learning tool, resource, and reference work for all Jewish households, counselors, Rabbis, educators, physicians, and related health care professionals. You Are Your Parents’ Keeper provides a clear, methodical framework that allows all readers to face these challenges in an organized, compassionate, and informed manner.
- ITEM #: 6656
- Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.3
- ISBN: 978-1-58330-343-6
- Weight: 1.3188 lbs
- Binding: Hard Cover / 255 pages
- Published by: Distributed by Feldheim
As a former caregiver myself, I find this compendium to be a complete caregiver's manual. It brings forth (for the first time to the general English reading public) the Respona of such Torah giants as Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch. It teaches valuable lessons relating to elder care as it relates to family relations, as well as halachic considerations in facilty placement, The essay of Rabbi Mordechai Willig on how to design a Last Will and Testament in order to comply with Jewish law is essential, and the advice contained therein from such noted Rabbinic leaders as Rabbi Reisman, Rabbi Oelbaum and Rabbi Brevda are truly inspirational. Rabbi Becker states in his introduction that a purpose of the book is to give solace to caregivers. This he does. It is a true Torah gem!!
From the book description, "Writing from a Torah perspective, the author has compiled an indispensible guide relating to elder care and Kibbud Av V’eim. Among the topics addressed in detail: Caring for a frail and sick parent, care management, end of life issues, aveilus, honoring parents after their petirah, confronting the challenges of life, death, and illness. "
There are maybe 30 pages that touch lightly on elder care, but not to the extent described. The bulk of the book is for aveilus and petirah times. All of which are good and informative, but not what I need to care for an aging parent with health issues.
Well written and notated for sources, and I'm sure I will refer to it when, chas vaShalom, the times comes. Not what I need for issues now.
As a ba'al teshuva who started out with almost no Jewish education, I had already collided with a couple of the issues this extensive book lays out so clearly. I wish I'd had it sooner!
A key plus in this book is the translation of all the Hebrew/Aramaic and especially all the footnotes! That's a really important factor for me, given my limited language skills. This was easy to read all the way through, and I suspect it will be a reference book on my shelf for many years to come.
The forms included in the book are clear and very important for all families to discuss NOW, no matter what your current situation. We never know what will happen in a split second to change all our plans and expectations.
Some of the rules it discusses about shiva don't quite match what my community seems to do, so I intend to bring the book to my rabbi to discuss those. At least now I know what to ask about.
Thanks so much, Rabbi Becker!
The book covers halachic and common sense approaches as to one can help parents during their lifetime and after parents are gone. I found the book very comprehensive and appreciate the work that
went into setting out the various topics. This is an excellent manual.
A compilation of all the pertinent laws and customs guiding Jewish practices in the end stage of life, and beyond, this book has something for everyone: The layman will gain important information we all need to be aware of -from a halachic as well as a practical and legal perspective; the scholar will delve into the sources cited in the book's myriad halachos and minhagim; and the professional will find information that will enhance his practice.
A handbook for every Jewish home.
I was really surprised at what an easy read this was. Aside from providing halachik guidelines for dealing with ths particular life challenge,(WHICH ARE VERY CLEARLY PRESENTED) there are stories in the back of the book from our contemporary gedolim which were a real source of chizuk and changes the whole mindset! There are legal documents and resource booklets in the back- what was refreshing about this sefer is that it addresses the WHOLE nisayon- something that is NOT regularly seen -combines the ruchnius with the (necessary) day to day gashmius. I plan to buy 2 more copies to give to two different friends who are caring for elderly and infirm parents. I am sure this book will provide them with much guidance and chizuk.
The book was an easy read and extremely informative, uplifting and inspirational. I highly recommend it.