Using a vast array of sources, Rabbi Levy has produced a masterful work that will undoubtedly edify his audience, as well as provide spiritual and emotional support to the grieved in their greatest time of need. Inasmuch as the consoling of mourners is a vital medium through which the exhortation of imitatio Dei is attained, The Sephardic Way in Death and Mourning effectively affords its readers the necessary tools to achieve this fundamental virtue, by providing guidance in the proper fulfillment of the laws of mourning and comforting. Written in an easy-to-read, well-annotated and eloquent style, this book is an assuredly welcome addition to the libraries of scholars and laymen alike. — Rabbi Yossi Azose
As a member of the clergy and one who has personally been affected by a profound loss, this book is an essential guide in navigating the intricate array of questions and emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one. Its clarity and easy reading make it accessible to all. Not only a guide, but this book is also an ode to the precious gift of life and a stark reminder of its fragility. — Reverend Hazan Daniel Benlolo, Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal
Rabbi Yamin Levy has written a thoughtful and sensitive volume on the ultimate mysteries of dying, death and mourning. He offers a Sephardic perspective that will be of value to all Jews, regardless of their personal backgrounds. While dealing with philosophic issues, he offers practical advice that will be useful to all who are in the midst of confrontation with death. — Rabbi Marc D. Angel, Director, Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals; author of The Orphaned Adult: Confronting the Death of a Parent.
I was informed about Rabbi Yamin Levy’s most recent book The Sephardic Way in Death and Mourning. The book is written in a compassionate style guiding both the mourners and the community through the Jewish way of grief. He presents the Jewish law in accordance with our Sephardic sages, heavily relying on Haham Ovadia Yosef’s works on the subject. I salute Rabbi Yamin Levy on this project and strongly recommend it as a practical guide and as a source for learning. — Rabbi David Shofet, Senior Rabbi Nezah Congregation Los Angeles
This new book by Rabbi Yamin Levy provides essential instruction and explanation to the modern Sephardic Jew as they prepare for and experience the loss of a loved one. It does so with sensitivity and a profound understanding of the human condition. This is an invaluable contribution to any library of halakha and is the most thorough guide of its kind. — Rabbi Mimon Mamane, LCSW – Congregation Magen David of Manhattan