Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast 10/29/2021: Yesh Ballon, author of “Unthinkable Dreams”

Rabbi Richard Address talks with author and spiritual director Yesh Ballon on this week’s Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Yesh Ballon discusses his new book, Unthinkable Dreams—The Year That Mom Died and the Towers Fell.

Yesh Ballon’s mother died two days before the 9/11 attacks. Always an iconoclast, even in death, Jean Hymson Ballon found a way to make things more interesting than they had to be. With air travel halted, the rituals for honoring and mourning her death were upended, propelling her family into chaos, conflict, and deeper grief. Unthinkable Dreams—The Year That Mom Died and the Towers Fell is the chronicle of the drama, discoveries, and occasional delights that one family experienced in the months before and after their matriarch’s death.

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About the Guest

Yeshaya D. Ballon

Yeshaya Douglas Ballon, spiritual mentor, teacher, artist, and retired architect, is the author of Unthinkable Dreams: The Year That Mom Died and the Towers Fell. Yesh’s previous books include: A Precious Heritage: Rabbinical Reflections on God, Judaism, and the World in the Turbulent Twentieth Century; and Blessings—A Spiritual Gift for My Family and Friends. Yesh received certification from ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal as a Mashpia Ruchani (Spiritual Director) and as a Vatik (Sage-ing® Mentor). More info at:

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