Goldman explores the emotional and spiritual aspects of spending a year in mourning, as he examines its effects on him as a husband, father, and member of his community. Left without parents (his mother died four years earlier), he is no longer a son to anyone, but he comes to understand that through the daily recitation of kaddish, he can both connect with and honor his mother and his father in a way that he could not always do during their lifetimes. And in his daily synagogue attendance - usually near his Manhattan home but also during the course of his travels in Israel, the Catskills, and France - he finds his fellow worshipers to be an unexpected source of strength, wisdom, and comfort.
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