Horenstein releases 'Moments of the Heart'
Portland resident Dorice Horenstein has released her first book, "Moments of the Heart: Four Relationships Everyone Should Have to Live Wholeheartedly." She is the founder of Jewish Education Service and loves sharing Jewish traditions and wisdom with children, teens and adults. Over the past three decades she was taught more than 1,000 students in private and class settings, sharing her ideas and experiences in an effort to foster leadership to make stronger, more knowledgeable communities.
"Moments of the Heart" is a roadmap to ethical living. Though her writing is based on Jewish thought and experiences, the concepts and values shared have universal appeal.
Her motivation for writing it stemmed from her sister's diagnosis of breast cancer.
"I couldn't be with her for every chemo treatment, as she lived 10,000 miles away in Israel," she said. She came up with the idea of posting an encouraging weekly video on Facebook, creating a page called Lev Moments. Lev is a Hebrew word for heart.
"My youngest son recorded as I spoke to the world words intended most for my sister," Horenstein writes in the author's note in the book. "I began to feel better. I began to feel connected to my sister who was so far away."
She posted the weekly videos for an entire year, during which time she saw her sister endure extreme hardships, but also unexpected positive changes.
"She regained her inner strength and grew into her new self," she said. She recognized that the posts were beneficial to herself, her sister and the people around them as well.
"Creating the weekly Lev Moments made me a better person," she said. The posts were written partially in Hebrew to illustrate different points and new ways of looking at commonly used words. "I learned a great deal from our Jewish ancestors, making our life relevant and meaningful today more than ever," she said.
Horenstein made the videos in 2014, and then spent the next year editing, arranging and polishing the text from the videos into the book. Rather than separating the entries into chapters she has organized them into four chambers, representing the chambers of the heart.
The first chamber represents one's relationship to self. The entries cause the reader to reflect on how you take care of, cheer and love yourself.
The second chamber focuses on relationships with others, including friends, spouses, children and parents, colleagues, etc.
The third chamber causes the reader to consider his/her relationship with God or the Creator, whatever is the source of energy or influence in which you have faith.
The fourth chamber Horenstein refers to as the "glue" chamber.
"These are the things that happen in life that define who we are," she said. "Marriage, bar or bat mitzvahs, births. It is the sum of all our experiences that make you who you are, make your character."
Horenstein says "Moments of the Heart" could be read quickly, but is intended to cause the reader to pause and reflect on the messages. Each entry has questions at the end to spark personal exploration.
"These Lev Moments are an invitation for spiritual growth," she said. "Exploring the Lev Moments in a pace that is suitable to you may benefit you in seeing and witnessing your spiritual growth."
Horenstein will host a book launch reception at 7 p.m. April 22 at Congregation Nevah Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland OR 97239.
She will also hold a book signing event at Beit Haverim, 1111 Country Club Road in Lake Oswego at 2:30 p.m. April 28.
Both events are free and open to all.
"I hope the book will be a source of inspiration to you, and I hope it reaches your heart," Horenstein says. "My wish is that this book serves as an opportunity to delve deeper into your neshama, or 'your soul,' for growth and recognition of self and others."
To order a copy of the book visit jewisheducationservices.com or call 971-235-8608.