Climbing the Mountain
My Search for MeaningBook - 1997
On February 13, 1991, Kirk Douglas, star of such major Hollywood classics as Spartacus and Paths of Glory, was in a helicopter crash in which two people died and Douglas sustained severe back injuries. As he lay in the hospital recovering, haunted by the tragedy, he kept wondering -- Why had the two younger men died while he, who had lived his life fully, survived?
The question drives this son of a Russian-Jewish ragman back to his roots and on a journey of self-discovery. Through the teachings of the celebrated Rabbi David Aaron he finds a new spirituality and purpose to life through Judaism. His new-found orthodox faith enables him to make peace with his son Michael, to listen to others, and, above all, to hear his own inner voice. Unsparing, frank, passionate, Climbing the Mountain is also an intimate account of the actor's courageous fight to recover first from his painful and