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by Jack Reimer,Dr. Nathaniel Stampfer

Category: Judaism
Subcategory: Religious books
Author: Jack Reimer,Dr. Nathaniel Stampfer
ISBN: 1879045079
ISBN13: 978-1879045071
Language: English
Publisher: Jewish Lights; 1 edition (November 1, 1991)
Pages: 272
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By: Jack Reimer; Dr. Nathaniel Stampfer. Publisher: Jewish Lights.

By: Jack Reimer; Dr. Print ISBN: 9781683363040, 1683363043.

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

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.

Riemer's book on ethical wills is a comprehensive illustration of Jewish ethical wills from the 18th century . 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.

Riemer's book on ethical wills is a comprehensive illustration of Jewish ethical wills from the 18th century forward, showcasing many examples from diverse writers and circumstances. As the end is a section with tips on how to get started writing an ethical will. Given the scope of time periods and sample ethical wills, I'm surprised that the words "A History o. .doesn't appear in the title.

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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.

Comments to eBook So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them
Nekora
Reprints ethical wills left by a wide range of people and under an equally wide range of circumstances. A typical entry:
Somewhere among these papers is a will made out by a lawyer. Its purpose is to dispose of any material things which I may possess. It seemed sensible when I made it.
I am more concerned with having you inherit something that is vastly more important.
Samuel Lipsitz, a businessman from New England (page 120)
Thought provoking
santa
Riemer's book on ethical wills is a comprehensive illustration of Jewish ethical wills from the 18th century forward, showcasing many examples from diverse writers and circumstances. As the end is a section with tips on how to get started writing an ethical will. Given the scope of time periods and sample ethical wills, I'm surprised that the words "A History of . . ." doesn't appear in the title. The book is absorbing and often touching and serves as a good inspiration and guide. While written from the Jewish perspective, it readily applies to all faith traditions.
Runemane
A loving, beautiful way to leave the most treasured heirloom of all...your words and messages of love, forgiveness and clarity to your heirs and future generations.
MarF
Very Interesting and a great foundation for searching your own values and ethics.
Armin
Good examples of ethical wills throughout history. I wanted more of a how to write and/or prepare an ethical will. But will need to go elsewhere for that.
Reighbyra
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.
Moogura
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.
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.
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