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So That Your Values Live on: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them [Paperback]

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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN  1879045346  
EAN  9781879045347  


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With this book, anyone, from any tradition, can write an ethical will. "Words that come from the heart enter the heart." Many of these wills come from plain ordinary fathers and mothers, yet they touch the hearts of all who read them. And so I suggest that you read these wills, and then that you try your hand at writing one of your own. If you do, you will leave a gift to the future, and the not-yet-born children of your children's children will thank you and bless you for it." -from the Introduction Ethical wills are precious spiritual documents, windows into the souls of those who write them. Those who write ethical wills-often parents writing letters to their children or grandparents to their grandchildren-try to sum up what they have learned in life, and what they want most for, and from, their loved ones. In this unique combination of "What Is" and "How To," Riemer and Stampfer show how to prepare an ethical will and provide as guides examples of ethical wills written by almost 100 famous and ordinary people. This wide range of contemporary ethical wills reveals the ongoing relevance of ethical wills for people of all faiths, all backgrounds.

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With this book, anyone, from any tradition, can write an ethical will.

"Words that come from the heart enter the heart. Many of these wills come from plain ordinary fathers and mothers, yet they touch the hearts of all who read them. And so I suggest that you read these wills, and then that you try your hand at writing one of your own. If you do, you will leave a gift to the future, and the not-yet-born children of your children s children will thank you and bless you for it.""from the Introduction"

Ethical wills are precious spiritual documents, windows into the souls of those who write them.

Those who write ethical wills often parents writing letters to their children or grandparents to their grandchildren try to sum up what they have learned in life, and what they want most for, and from, their loved ones.

In this unique combination of What Is and How To, Riemer and Stampfer show how to prepare an ethical will and provide as guides examples of ethical wills written by almost 100 famous and ordinary people. This wide range of contemporary ethical wills reveals the ongoing relevance of ethical wills for people of all faiths, all backgrounds."

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More About Jack Riemer & Nathaniel Stampfer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rabbi Jack Riemer, a well-known author and speaker, has conducted many workshops and seminars to help people learn about the inspiring tradition of ethical wills and to prepare their own. As head of the National Rabbinic Network, a support system for rabbis across all denominational lines, he gives sermon seminars to rabbis throughout the United States. He is editor of The World of the High Holy Days (Bernie Books) and Wrestling with the Angel (Schocken), coeditor of So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them, and contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism Yizkor (both Jewish Lights).

Jack Riemer currently resides in Boca Raton, in the state of Florida.

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A Most Helpful Book!  Nov 9, 2005
After losing my mother to Alzheimer's disease and watching how it slowly destroyed her mind and prevented her from communicating even her most basic needs, I found myself desperate to begin preparing some type of testament wherein my final wishes could be stated. I ended up purchasing several books to help me with this task, and "So That Your Values Live On" was one of the most helpful. The authors have written a marvelous text for those of us searching for such information.

If you find this book to be helpful you may be interested in another new publication by Renata Marie Vestevich called "Grant Me My Final Wish:A personal journal to simplify life's inevitable journey." This beautifully soft padded journal is the perfect place to begin working on your ethical will. Ms. Vestevich covers all of the most important topics such as: medical, financial and legal matters, organ donation, religious wishes, important people to contact, as well as who will care for your minor children, dependent adults, and beloved pets once you are gone and much more. There are beautiful photo sleeves to place treasured photos in as well as plenty of space to write your cherished memories.

I urge all of you to start getting your final wishes in order now before it is too late! These two wonderful books can make this task much easier and less difficult for you to do.

Bravo to these authors for helping all of us deal with a very very painful subject.
 
lots of diversity  Oct 10, 2005
A more interesting book than I expected, mainly because of the diversity of perspectives exemplified by the wills.

Some wills (mostly pre-modern wills) sought to micromanage their children's lives; for example, one 19th-century will proposed a 24-hour-schedule for sons. Others are quite vague.

Older wills focused on the intracicies of Jewish law; more recent wills focused more broadly on nonsectarian principles of ethics, or on vague exhortations to observe Shabbat and keep kosher.

Older wills focused on burial details; more recent wills have rarely done so.

The most inspirational, in my view, was David De Sola Pool's (pp. 109-11). And if you read it you'll understand why.

 
Passing on values - and thinking about them  Dec 11, 2000
People of any religious background will find value in these suggestions for carrying out the Jewish tradition of leaving, in addition to a will that bequeaths material possessions, "a letter or will that attempts to sum up what parents have learned, what they want most for, and from, their loved ones."

The examples are from a wide range of people in various times - immigrants to America, Holocaust victims, novelists, rabbis, ordinary men and women. They are poems, letters, legal-sounding documents, rambling notes often amended - some examples eloquent, some prosaic.

Some parents give them as children are growing up, at marriage, or some other milestone in the life of the parents or the children, and then again at the parent's death. Some were written on a battlefield or in a concentration camp, with death imminent and little likelihood that the writing would get to the person addressed. The value of writing this kind of will is probably as much in the thought that goes into it and the changes that makes to one's life as in the benefit to those who read later.

The Bible study group to which I talked about this idea were struck by the rabbi's saying that some people are reluctant to put these things on paper because thinking about the values they want to "bequeath" makes people aware of how far they have fallen short of what they wanted to be. How distressing it would be to have the children say, "I didn't realize that was important to him..." instead of "That's what I would have expected, since he said it all his life and we saw him live it." It's worthwhile, if painful, to think about this while there is time to do something about it.

Many of the examples quoted scriptural reasons for the writing, such as David's charge to Solomon: "I go the way of all the earth; be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man; and keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep His statutes...." Then the writer gives his own charge to his children.

Their suggestions for topics are useful: formative events, background, important lessons I've learned, people who influenced me, stories behind possessions I value, Scriptural passages, causes that mean most to me, my definition of success, what I regret, how much I love you.

Although the book would be most meaningful to someone with a Jewish background, it has value for anyone who is serious about passing one's values to the next generation, and is probably most useful for people to consider before a time of crisis arises.

Another good book with similar intent is "Put Your Heart on Paper; Staying Connected in a Loose-Ends World" by Henriette Anne Klauser.

 

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