Jason B. Rosenthal, My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir
Presented in Partnership with the 2020 Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival
Jason Rosenthal discusses his book, My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir, with Rabbi Joseph Krakoff, Senior Director of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network.
On March 3, 2017, Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column – “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. A heartbreaking, wry, brutally honest and creative play on a personal ad, in which a dying wife encourages her husband to go on and find happiness, the column quickly went viral. In his book, Jason describes what came next: his commitment to respecting Amy’s wish as he struggles with her loss and how he eventually found a new perspective on life’s joys in the wake of tremendous loss.
Co-sponsor: Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network
About the Author:
Jason Rosenthal is a lawyer and the executive director of a nonprofit organization created in his late wife’s name, the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, which funds child literacy programs and ovarian cancer research. His Ted Talk “The Journey Through Loss and Grief” has been viewed 1.4 million times since June 2018. He lives in Chicago and is a doting father to his and Amy’s three children.
About the Moderator:
Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff is the Senior Director of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. He joined the JHCN team as a consultant in Community Outreach and Education following a 16-year career as a congregational rabbi.