The myth that Jews do not abuse their spouses must be shattered! Now for the first time, a direct address to the problem of spouse abuse in the Jewish community! We can no longer permit ourselves to deny the existence of this terrible crime. The time has come to confront the truth and to take definitive steps to end this violation of all that judaism stands for. A leading Rabbi and Psychiatrist, with striking candor, firmness and compassion, reveals what may have been closely kept dark secrets in many Jewish families, and offers urgently needed advice and direction.
"It is disturbing yet essential to discuss this tragedy. The relationship between husband and wife is one which should invite the Shechina, the Divine Presence, which radiates joy throughout the home. How tragic when this joy is replaced with the tears of strife and abuse."
Rabbi Avraham Pam, Rosh Yeshiva, Mesifta Torah Vodaath (from an address to a rabbinic assembly, May 1, 1996)
" By drawing attention to a most troubling community mental health problem, Dr. Twerski has done a favor to the Jewish world... His keen diagnostic acumen is more than matched by his practical suggestions to wives, husbands, educators, rabbis, and the community-at-large.
Hopefully, [this book] will become required reading for brides and grooms, and their parents, teachers and rabbis."
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Ph.D., Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Baltimore
"Dr. Abraham Twerski's...sensitivity to the detailed ethical and moral instructions of the Torah and the sanctity of the family bond is evidenced throughout the book...Rabbonim and professionals involved in marriage counseling as well as couples who suspect they may be involved in some nuance of spousal abuse can benefit substantially from Dr. Twerski's work."
Rabbi Mordecai Tendler, Kehillat New Hempstead, New York
"Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski is that rare combination of Torah knowledge and values coupled with academic psychological training and plain good, ordinary common sense...[his] insights, counsel and instructions regarding successful family life are a godsend. Every home should have this book within it and fashion its rhythm of life according to its constructs...This book is a major contribution to family stability in our troubled society."
Rabbi Berel Wein, Dean, Yeshiva Shaarei Torah
Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski is the Founder and Medical Director of Gateway Rehabilitation Center, a not-for-profit drug and alcohol treatment system in western Pennsylvania, cited by Forbes magazine as one of the 12 best drug and alcohol treatment centers in the United States. Dr. Twerski studied at Marquette University Medical School and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric Institute. He has served as Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry, St. Francis Hospital and currently is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Twerski has written more than 20 books to date, including Life's Too Short; I'd Like To Call For Help But I Don't Know The Number; Waking Up Just In Time; When Do The Good Things Start?; Generation To Generation: Personal Recollections Of A Chassidic Legacy; Let Us Make Man: Self-Esteem Through Jewishness. Dr. Twerski's most recent undertaking is a rehabilitation center, Shaar Hatikvah, in Jerusalem.
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