Peering Into A Damaged Mirror: What You See From Here is Not What You See From There.

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  1. Ilana says:

    What an excellent read. Thank you. I do want and need to read the book again. I cannot see how anyone whould not have to (from my own personal experience this is how I feel). I am still with the book. Its struggles pop up in my mind at all sorts of random times, I work though many memories of the book, or parts that I know are there but escape my memory. I agree with almost all that you wrote. I didn’t agree with it all though. I forgive Ovadia for different reasons.

    Well, I now need to reread the review and then the book. Thank you for an excellent review.

    • Sheri Oz says:

      So glad you liked me review of this remarkable book. I’m curious about your reasons for forgiving Ovadya. Maybe over a cup of coffee if you don’t want to share publicly?

      • Ilana says:

        I guess in simple words, I forgive him because of the process he/she went through in order to get redemption. I think, otherwise, it is unforgiveable. That, for me, is the reason for the account of it all, perhaps I am wrong? I need to read it again. Unborn children and future generations is a huge loss, but not as vast as the lives that were alive, suffered and lost. Happy to meet and discuss, always.

        And sorry about my “whould” up there!!

        • Sheri Oz says:

          About the “whould” – you are forgiven. 🙂

          Your take on this is interesting – raising the question of sins that remain unforgivable even if the sinner is forgiven. Am I understanding you?

  2. Barbara says:

    I had so many thoughts while reading Yael’s powerful book, so many that I was scribbling and underlining all over the place as I read. So I really appreciated reading your review, Sheri, from a trauma therapist’s point of view. And it was enlightening to me to read this point, which I hadn’t thought of: “So in choosing to die he “killed” his own unborn offspring and all that they may have accomplished in this world.” That was so beautifully written, btw, about how his soul would have been flooded with their images. I had assumed that the person who chose to die rather than participate to save his life would be completely innocent. And perhaps he is, yet, as you point out, he bears the burden, the “guilt,” of depriving his future progeny of life and of knowing that. As you say, a no-win situation, one not of his making.

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