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For rabbi and author, seeds of renewal were sown in tragedy
[City Edition]
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Judaism; Books-titles; Clergy; Personal profiles
Author: Ribadeneira, Diego
Date: Nov 14, 1998
Start Page: B.2
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One night, when she was a 15-year-old worried about grades and boyfriends, Naomi Levy was awakened by her mother and sister. In her groggy state, Levy thought they were saying, "The doctor gave Daddy a shot."

Three days later, her father died. For Levy, many other things died, too -- her religious faith, hopes for future, and confidence in herself. But it was from that despairing moment that Levy began a new life whose foundation was built on her Jewish roots.

A mother of two, Levy has turned her story and those of many of her congregants into a book, "To Begin Again," a treatise on how God and faith can help people recover from the worst of times. It deals with a fundamental issue raised by human suffering -- Why would God allow this to happen?

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