An Easter Miracle—One Jew’s Story of Three Resurrections

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On the fifth anniversary of his wife’s death on Good Friday, 2007, Los Angeles author, Jerry Weinstock, claims that he experienced an Easter miracle involving not one, but three “resurrections.”

This Easter I’m in awe that a murder and miscarriage of justice has generated two accounts of life-after-death communication and three miraculous 'resurrections.' I call it The Joyful Redemption

On Good Friday, April 6th 2007, Jerry Weinstock’s wife, Joy, succumbed to breast cancer. April 6th 2012 will be the first time since her death that the calendar date coincides with Good Friday. In the five intervening years, Weinstock claims to have witnessed three “resurrections."

“Some people will find my story miraculous, others blasphemous,” Weinstock writes in a new article just published on his website. “Most will find it hard to believe. I can’t blame them. As a Jew born to Holocaust survivors, I’d have a hard time believing it, too. But I experienced an Easter miracle and I have to testify to it."

According to Weinstock, the 1st “resurrection” relates to the unusual events surrounding Joy's death. The 2nd refers to how she communicated with him from beyond the grave, and helped “resurrect” him from the "walking death" of profound grief. The 3rd concerns the miraculous "resurrection" of Bruce Lisker (his wife’s stepson who was recently the subject of a 48 Hours Mystery) from the wrongful death sentence of a life in prison. “Ironically,” Weinstock says, “these ‘resurrections’ began more than a quarter century earlier with a murder and miscarriage of justice.”

On Easter Sunday, 2007, Weinstock—still in shock after Joy's death on Good Friday—received a strange voicemail in which an acquaintance said matter-of-factly that on that Easter morning, lying in bed listening to the birds outside her bedroom window, she heard a voice say, “And on the third day she rose...”

This, according to Weinstock, was yet another instance of the "Easter passion" Joy’s last days seemed to echo. The previous Wednesday, Joy wrote a poem that she wanted read at her memorial service or what she referred to as her “graduation party.” In her poem Joy offered to be a “spirit guide” from “the Other Side.”

Weinstock was stunned. ”I’d recently read about a tradition among Zen masters of writing a ‘death poem’ before dying. I began to ask myself, Who is she?”

For Weinstock, the echoes of Holy Week were unmistakable and he felt certain Joy’s “passion” would climax sometime during Easter weekend. “By dawn on Good Friday, Joy was no longer responding,” Weinstock writes. “These last hours were filled with extremes—grief and exaltation, the mundane and the miraculous.”

At one point during the family's bedside vigil, they received a strange email from a friend who didn’t know about Joy’s critical condition. “Dear Ones, during my meditation this morning, I encountered Joy in the White Marble Hallway of the BRIDGE between worlds. She was with her 7 Mentors and they were walking together and talking in a circle. Joy made a joke about the timing of this weekend and the idea of resurrection and Jesus’ wonderful demonstration of eternity.”

“It was incredible,” Weinstock recalls. “We were seven…in a circle…around Joy. The grace of the moment was palpable.”

Weinstock movingly describes sharing Joy's last breath. "I embraced her, putting my cheek next to hers, and floated on Joy’s last breaths like on the waves of a great ocean. The space between breaths grew longer…until finally space was all there was.” It was noon.

Forty-eight hours later, on Easter Sunday, Weinstock received that startling voicemail: “And on the third day she rose...”

For Weinstock, signs of Joy’s “resurrection” only came later because "after the exaltation of her Good Friday 'graduation,' I was devastated. Joy may have risen into heaven, but I descended into the hell of grief.”

Then a remarkable thing happened—Joy apparently fulfilled her promise to be a spirit guide. Weinstock claims that in the depths of his grief, her spirit communicated with him. “Through words, visions and dreams, she led me on an incredible journey to heal my grief.”

By the following Easter—one year after losing Joy—Weinstock says, “I had returned from exile on Planet Grief. Through the miracle of Joy’s continuing love and guidance, I’d been resurrected."

The 3rd "resurrection" involved Joy’s stepson, Bruce Lisker, who had spent twenty-six years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and whose story was the subject of a recent 48 Hours Mystery.

In 1983, a 17-year-old Lisker, despite pleas of innocence, was convicted of murdering his mother in their Los Angeles home and sentenced to life in prison.

In August, 2009, Weinstock had just finished writing his memoir, "JOYride: How My Late Wife Loved Me Back To Life," when a judge overturned Lisker's murder conviction. Released from prison, a now 44-year-old Lisker lived with Weinstock where he began to rebuild his life.

While helping Lisker adjust to his newfound freedom, Weinstock began to see a larger picture—"I was amazed that there had been a miraculous unfolding of an incredible chain of deaths and resurrections that were all connected.”

In her memoir, “Love Ever After,” Joy recounted her life with Lisker’s father (whom she’d married after the murder of his first wife) and the "conversations" she had with him after he died in 1995. According to her memoir, while he was still alive, Lisker’s father’s torment about the murder of his wife and the conviction of his only son, drove this conservative attorney, former Marine, and Kiwanis president to attempt to contact the spirit of his dead wife to find out who killed her. This set the stage for the channeled conversations from the Afterlife Joy wrote about in her memoir which included a 12-Step program to find new love that brought her and Weinstock together.

"So we were literally a match-made-in-heaven brought together by Bruce Lisker’s father,” Weinstock says. “Then weeks after I completed my memoir about loving and losing Joy, Bruce is miraculously released from prison and comes to live with me to resurrect a new life. This Easter I’m in awe that a murder and miscarriage of justice has generated two accounts of life-after-death communication and three miraculous 'resurrections.' I call it The Joyful Redemption.”

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