Culture Over Religion
Mirinda Kossoff always felt a disconnect from her father. He was mysterious, isolating, and distant. But she longed to know him, even after his death. That’s why Mirinda wrote about his life in her new book, “The Rope of Life.”
Her father's journey through life was complicated, isolated, and heartbreaking. A New York Jew turned Southern Baptist, Miranda’s father rejected much of his upbringing and culture and this left her very curious. For Mirinda, much of Judaism is culture rather than religion. Why did her father convert from his culture, from his heritage? Perhaps he chose to convert for the love of his life, or did he convert because of the damage he saw during his time in WWII?
Bless Your Heart
Growing up in the South, antisemitism, while still prevalent, was subtle. Being “othered” weighed on Mirinda so much that she became known as the quiet, shy girl. All the while, a ruckus young woman was hiding inside, waiting to play, waiting to feel safe finally.
Gutted at 32
Losing your father at any age is heartbreaking. Losing your father to suicide is life-altering when you need him the most. For years Mirinda's father struggled with depression, leading to 24/7 suicide watch. Mirinda's father took his own life, suffering from years-long decline, chronic pain, and depression.
Reactions to her Book
Airing family grievances is among the most vulnerable things one can do. Much to Mirinda's surprise, this simple act of vulnerability would affect many. Stories about her father continue to touch the souls of people across the world.
Connect With Mirinda
You can connect with Mirinda on her website mirindakossoff.com, or on Facebook. On her website, you can find her book “The Rope of Life,” sign up for her reading list, enjoy her blogs, and explore resources for writers.
You Are Not Alone
If you or someone you know is considering suicide please contact the national suicide prevention lifeline. They are available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.