What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? by Michal Oshman


QOTD: Do you live in anxiety or fear of decisions? Yes and yes.
What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?
Michal Oshman
Discover a Life Filled with Purpose and Joy Through the Secrets of Jewish Wisdom
I am definitely a person that lives with random bouts of fear and anxiety with making decisions, choices, big steps, etc.
I found these lessons in the Hasidic principles of Jewish wisdom so thoughtful and intregal to living a well balanced life. Their purpose to replace fear and anxiety with joy and purpose. As with all Jewish religious rituals and prayers everything is symbolic. This book describes through the authors own experiences how she learned from these lessons and how these lessons were realized in her own life.

We had an interfaith wedding with a Pastor and a Rabbi and my husband broke the glass, we stood under the Chuppah and we signed our Ketubah which is framed on our wall. We celebrate Passover, Hanukah, and Yom Kippur. I loved reading more about some of the wisdom beyond what I’ve read in the Haggadah and what our Rabbi spoke at our ceremony.
This book isn’t to convert it can be read from any religions perspective. It is for self reflection and growth on your own journey of purpose.

The areas of the book that really stood out to me were:
✨Mitzrayim – “boundaries” my internal chains. I have so many- Self doubt, jealousy, body dismorphia, and social media.
✨Soul and Death- ok this wasn’t answered but young Michal I have the same questions about where all the feelings go when a person dies. They can’t just disappear.
✨ Your purpose- doesn’t have to be grand. It takes time, its a journey. You don’t have to share it on social media, it’s discovered as you go.
✨”The day you were born is the day God decided he was missing you.” -Rebbe Nachman of Breslov . I want to add this to our Lexicon. I love this!
✨Be a Mensch – self explanatory (thinking about making a sign for our living room)
✨ Compliment game – I want to add this into our week as well. I think it’s great! We are already pretty lovey on eachother but I think with puberty that may change so having a time that they give eachother compliments at the end of the week to instill Kindness in them is a great idea.

There was a lot more I flagged that I loved and want to use but I’m a work in progress. Def recommend to add to your non fic shelves.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you net galley and penguin random house for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

Note: Took this picture at the Alameda Harbor took a walk with just my husband which was a rare treat and was in between our 2nd vaccine shot and picking up 2nd born from preschool. Trying to take those moments when we can.


Let Michal Oshman take you on a journey of self discovery to identify what makes you you, what you were born to do and how to do it.

As a mentor for leaders in top global companies, Michal created a unique personal growth methodology based on the life-changing principles of Jewish wisdom. It is easy to think that the daily challenges we experience in the 21st century are new and unlike any that people faced in the past. Michal draws on her own heritage and a wide range of Chassidut (Jewish teachings) to offerpractical advice for common concerns, such as a broken heart, parenting, overcoming setbacks, and getting the most out of your career.

By challenging you to explore what matters, Michal offers solutions to your everyday struggles. She will empower you as well as teach you how to adopt her self-development tools to discover who you really are and what you were born to do with your life. With its uplifting belief that you already have all the ingredients within you to lead a joyous life, Michal’s unique mix of corporate culture experience and Jewish wisdom will help you reconnect with yourself.This unique book will help you to find your courage, and move forward freely, with no fear at all!


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