Abraham J. Twerski passes away

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Covid-19 has taken away from us a well-respected man who was one of the more respected authors to wield Peanuts in a significant way. Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski died today in Israel, Twerski, the son of a line of respected rabbinical schoolars who became a psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse, wrote four books using Peanuts examples to discuss psychological issues, making the texts very approachable:

  • When Do The Good Things Start? (1988) looks at life’s ups and downs
  • Waking Up Just In Time (1990) is a guide to twelve-step recovery
  • I Didn’t Ask to Be In This Family (1992) looked at sibling relationships and how they shape adult behavior and relationships
  • “That’s Not a Fault… It’s a Character Trait” (1999) teaches us to face our weaknesses

These books use Peanuts well and not frivolously. Twerski, who was a real fan of the strip, recognized the insight it so frequently gave. He and Schulz became friends, and Twerski visited Schulz just days before Sparky’s own death. The people I know who met him found him fascinating. I always hoped that I’d get to meet him at some point, and I’m glad he was around. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

Twerski, wearing a Peanuts tie, holds a photograph of Schulz
Image from Tablet article on Twerski and Peanuts. Click picture to go read it.
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