Rabbi Charles Sherman, author of “The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy after Heartbreak” will speak at Congregation Anshei Israel on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. In the book, published in March to critical acclaim, Sherman writes about his journey dealing with a severely disabled son and the faith that sustained him.
Since suffering a stroke after surgery to remove a brain tumor at the age of 4 in 1986, Eyal Sherman has not been able to breathe, eat or walk on his own. And yet, Eyal graduated from Syracuse University in 2009 with a degree in fine arts and today is an accomplished artist who paints with a brush in his mouth.
With honesty, insight and humor, Sherman describes the relentless physical work of treating Eyal at home, the family’s determination to give him a normal life and the ways they found joy amid great pain and despair. He explores universal questions about doubt and faith, and the slow, gradual process of moving from anger to acceptance, from sorrow to joy.
“The Broken and the Whole” will be available for purchase and author signing at the event. For more information, call Rabbi Robert Eisen at 745-5550.