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Foreword by Joseph Shulam
“Elisheva (Irma) writes about a journey of faith, a journey that she has traveled in person, a journey that took her through the glories of heaven down to the darkest, most prejudicial valleys of human behavior. The path that Elisheva (Irma) takes in her book is a journey of the best of faith in God to the duties of the heart. She avoids falling and sinking into the hopelessness of division and religious prejudice that is the daily diet for many religious communities, both on the Jewish and Christian side.”
—Joseph Shulam, biblical scholar, author, and director of Netivyah Bible Research Institute; Elder/Rabbi of Netivyah Congregation, Jerusalem, Israel; author of many life-changing books and commentaries on the book of Acts, Romans, and Galatians, to name just a few.
“The extraordinary twists and turns of the spiritual journey of Elisheva Irma Diaz reflect and illumine the tumultuous era in which we live. The universally recognized border separating Judaism and Christianity is now a blur. Elisheva’s story shows that the insecurity that has ensued may also open us up to unimagined blessing.”
—Mark S. Kinzer, PhD, author of Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen (2018), and Searching Her Own Mystery (2015); Rabbi of Congregation Zera Avraham in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“The Brazilian government has hosted pastor/rabbi and diplomat Elisheva Irma Diaz since 1997, for fourteen consecutive years. She was invited annually to address dignitaries, heads of our state, and government leaders, with a special invitation to the governor’s palace to discuss biblical prophecy. In addition, she has a powerful voice with our business and religious leaders here in Brazil. Her ministry always brought people together from all beliefs and walks of life. Her goal in this writing is for all of us to learn to coexist in a world of religious division. Her journey of faith thus far is unique and, I believe, ordained by God. Her goal is for all of us to realize that both Christianity and Judaism are broken but that God dwells in them both. I endorse her efforts through this writing and support her in all her work. She is a friend to all who know her.”
—Deputado João Leite de Silva Neto, Assembleia Legislativa de Minas Gerais (since 1995) (congressional state representative). Prior to this, João Leite spent most of his athletic career as a soccer champion. He was selected for the Brazil national team during the 1980 Mundialito and the 1979 Copa América. Since 1995 he has served in Brazil’s legislative body, standing with a strong voice for biblical principles and ethics.
"When I read 'Coexisting in a religious world of divide' I felt a huge sense of relief that someone had managed to articulate well what I was sensing, feeling but struggled to find the words.
For those whose hearts desire to move into the space of brokenness within both Judaism and Christianity and seek to share their journey, whilst accepting the differences in order to move beyond in love, respect and dignity.
This book will challenge and inspire you.
I pray, hope and long for the day when Jews and Christians will drink from the same well of healing and accept one another, moving beyond the divide. Perhaps it's a mystical road? But it has to begin somewhere.... surely it has to be the 'road of blessings". Linda Harrison, UK
(December 15, 2017)
What could possibly prompt a world-acclaimed respected Christian, pastor, author, and public speaker to embrace Judaism? And not just embrace it, but become a rabbi? Wrestling For My Jewish Identity: An Eclipse with Reality is the true story of Elisheva Irma Diaz’s journey to reclaim her Jewish heritage and the faith for which she believes she was born. It explores how a Crypto-Jew found her way out of Exile and reclaimed her blood legacy despite experiencing disappointment and ridicule from those who knew her as a Christian leader and prejudice from many in the Jewish community she joined.
Moreover, beyond being a personal account, Wrestling For My Jewish Identity also provides support for the Anusim, those with a Crypto-Jewish background – and practicing Jews – who are grappling with the following questions: “Who am I? Who have I become? Where am I? Where am I headed? Who am I supposed to be?” In the midst of a Sephardic revolutionary movement of Jews throughout the diaspora, and especially in Latin and South America, who are awakening to their heritage, Elisheva’s message persists: we must not ignore the calling of the blood that runs through our veins, our spiritual DNA, and as Jews, we must accept that “a Jew is a Jew” regardless of where they have landed in Exile.
Published by Archway Publishing
from Simon & Schuster
You will find this book to be an easy read yet this writer believes it will be a helpful one for those that have experienced the loss of a loved one. The Impossible Possibility is not intended to be religious. If one had to label it, it would be better referred to as an interfaith and/or universal spiritual perspective on grief. Moreover, it was not written to persuade anyone toward a particular doctrine nor stream of faith, but to encourage the reality that there is life after death and that we can have hope that our departed loved ones have transitioned from life to life.
It is this writers contention that life here on earth meets death only to meet life again. This book was written based on my experiences as clergy and for over thirty years, ministering to people from all walks of life, cultures, and religions many, who have been faced with different types of loss that witnessed many impossible possibilities. It is true, the divine Soul is powerful. That which I said I understood for many years, I did not fully grasp, until, my work in Chaplaincy and Bereavement in the medical field through Hospice and Home Health. It truly opened my eyes. This season of bereavement in one's life is filled with impossible possibilities and it is best we move forward toward healing with this in mind.
"The Impossible Possibility will surely provide a sober but gentle guild from deep despair and emotional pain to the shining light of hope and eventual happiness. I lost my loving wife Patricia 10 years ago and I wish I had this wonderful book in my hands then. It was still useful to me when I found this gem and read it from cover to cover. Thank you Dr. Diaz!"
Walter Allen III, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Covina, California
Walter Allen, III, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Emanate Health Partners, (Queen of the Valley Hospital, Inter community Hospital, Foothill Presbyterian Hospital and the Emanate Hospice and Home Care facility) in the East San Gabriel Valley, in Southern California.
Rabbi Elisheva “Irma” Diaz is a woman of virtue clothed in strength and dignity. Her teachings and her writings are impeccable. She lives her life with purpose, integrity, diligence and forgiveness. Her heart shines as she generously provides comfort to those she serves. Her knowledge and wisdom are deeply rooted in spiritualism as edified in her book, The Impossible Possibility. It is here she shares her golden nuggets of Value to those who are grieving. She draws upon her expertise as she guides you through the kaleidoscope of death, grief, rebirth and life. I am honored to call her my good friend and Rabbi.
Katy Ingersoll, Glendora, California
Volunteer Chaplain, and Bereavement team, Emanate Health Hospice and Home Care
I recently lost my father and have found this book to turn my grief into hope that I will see my father again. It encouraged me to realize death is for the moment but the promise awaits of seeing loved ones who have passed on. “The Impossible Possibility” has brought me peace in knowing even in death there is Life that awaits me.
Monique Duarte-Caballero, MSW
Medical Social Worker
Dr. Elisheva (Irma) Diaz is truly one of the only heartfelt, sincere practitioners and authors in her field. She touches countless people with her knowledge and spirit through the work she does with those going through, and having gone through the loss of a loved one. She offers hope from a practical and loving perspective, one that touches people of all races, and spiritual or religious beliefs, which leads people to true healing.
Gabriele Gutierrez, ACSW, MSW
Medical Social Worker
Elisheva’s (Irma) knowledge of the challenges grief presents to one’s life and the influence spirituality has on the grief process is humbling. She has amazing insight into the heart of the bereaved and provides that “warm hug” we all need at the right time.
Leigh Morrison, MSW
Medical Social Worker