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About the Author

Sherri Mandell

Sherri Mandell is the co-director of the Koby Mandell Foundation which runs programs for bereaved families including Camp Koby. She is the author of the Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration and The Blessing of a Broken Heart which won a National Jewish Book Award and has been made into a play. She is a frequent lecturer on healing and resilience. To be in touch please contact her at sherrimandell@gmail.com

My Broken Ankle

My Broken Ankle

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Despite everything I’ve gone through, this is a big deal to me. I’m a wimp and I’m terrified.


The Road to Resilience

The Road to Resilience

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After the murder of our son Koby I have been shattered -- and I have been rebuilt.


10 Ways to Help Newtown’s Grieving Families

10 Ways to Help Newtown’s Grieving Families

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From a mother who knows.


Rabbi Akiva’s Parenting Tip

Rabbi Akiva’s Parenting Tip

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The secret is gentle dripping water.


Celebrate Life

Celebrate Life

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An open letter to Eva Sandler who lost her husband and two sons in the Toulouse terrorist attack.


A Mother’s Pain

A Mother’s Pain

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The price of allowing murderers to go free.


Spiritual Ecology

Spiritual Ecology

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Everything in the world has the capacity to serve a higher purpose, even mice.


My Mom

My Mom

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My mother blessed me with the ability to say amen to both life and death.


The Cry of the Shofar

The Cry of the Shofar

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From the narrow opening of the shofar, comes the wide expanse of relief.


Rosh Hashanah: Making Room for God

Rosh Hashanah: Making Room for God

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It is when we are broken that we recognize God as our true home.


Meeting Paul McCartney

Meeting Paul McCartney

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There is always a different way of seeing.


Grieving for Mumbai

Grieving for Mumbai

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Perspectives from the mother of a terror victim.


Lost & Found

Lost & Found

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If I don't give up hope of finding something, it still belongs to me.


The Jeep

The Jeep

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After terrorists murder a family member.


Helping Kids Recover

Helping Kids Recover

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You never return to who you were after terror rattles your world; you become somebody else.


The Blessing of a Broken Heart

The Blessing of a Broken Heart

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After terrorists murder her son, a grieving mother journeys back towards life and faith.