God in All Moments: Mystical & Practical Spiritual Wisdom from Hasidic Masters

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Mystical and practical wisdom—for daily life.

The least known of the Hasidic masters’ teachings—the hanhagot, or “spiritual practices”—are at the heart of this book. These short lists of instructions were created for their followers, inspirational treasures intended to be carried with you at all times. They were to be read again and again—providing spiritual guidance, centering, and aid in bringing joy and God’s presence into daily life.

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Overview

Mystical and practical wisdom—for daily life.

The least known of the Hasidic masters’ teachings—the hanhagot, or “spiritual practices”—are at the heart of this book. These short lists of instructions were created for their followers, inspirational treasures intended to be carried with you at all times. They were to be read again and again—providing spiritual guidance, centering, and aid in bringing joy and God’s presence into daily life.

Practical, personal, and wise, these brief teachings range from straightforward instructions to visualization exercises, meditations, and mantras. Also included are the hanhagot of two neo-Hasidic thinkers: the modern journalist and mystic Hillel Zeitlin (1871–1942), and the contemporary theologian Arthur Green.

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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Media Review - Dov Peretz Elkins

A Touch of the Sacred is a theological memoir, a collection of powerful, soul-strengthening musings from the leading theologian of liberal Judaism. It is edited for lay audiences by Frances Schwartz, adult learning coordinator of the Union for Reform Judaism.

In the Introduction, Borowitz informs us: "Too often, books on religion are written either primarily for the head or for the heart—as if thinking people don't also feel intuitively, and spiritual types never think much at all. Bosh! Here is our special mix for you…. It is our hope that these pieces will serve as unique windows into Judaism—in bite-size, sacred 'touches’."

For the first time, Dr. Eugene Borowitz, the “dean” of liberal Jewish theologians, opens his heart as well as his mind as he talks about the mix of faith and doubt, of knowing and not-knowing—the elements of Jewish belief—in an easily accessible style. In these pages, Borowitz shares with the reader his rich inner life, which draws from both the rational and mystical Jewish thought that have inspired two generations of rabbis, cantors, and educators. Borowitz explores such themes as Seeking the Sacred One, Doing Holy Deeds, Creating Sacred Community, Reading Sacred Texts, Thinking about Holiness, Learning from Holy Thinkers and much more…

This is not Prof. Borowitz’s most profound, academic or deep book, but it is a powerful personal collection of his thoughts on Jewish theology, Torah, revelation, ritual, the Jewish people, and a variety of other topics, after having taught at HUC-JIR for over 50 years, and lectured in congregations throughout the world. It is an enjoyable and fascinating read – as is anything by Gene Borowitz. We are blessed to have him as our teacher.

God In All Moments contains mystical and practical wisdom—for daily life. The least known of the Hasidic masters’ teachings—the hanhagot, or “spiritual practices”—are at the heart of this book. These short lists of instructions were created for their followers, inspirational treasures intended to be carried with you at all times. They were to be read again and again—providing spiritual guidance, centering, and aid in bringing joy and God’s presence into daily life. Practical, personal, and wise, these brief teachings range from straightforward instructions to visualization exercises, meditations, and mantras. Also included are the hanhagot of two neo-Hasidic thinkers: the modern journalist and mystic Hillel Zeitlin (1871–1942), and the contemporary theologian Arthur Green. As reviewer Rabbi Edward Feinstein writes on the back cover, “We open this book and come upon a hidden treasure of Jewish wisdom and insight. Or Rose has provided the key to the luminous riches of Hasidic thought and life.” In modern transpersonal psychology these “hanhagot” might be called “affirmations,” which I have found to be very helpful in my own spiritual development. An extremely important contribution to our understanding of Hasidut, and to our own spiritual growth.

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Rose and Leader, codirectors of Hebrew College's house of study in Boston, shed light on a hitherto little-known aspect of Hasidic life: the hanhagot, or "spiritual practices." These commands were typically brief, gnomic instructions appended to collections of homilies. These hanhagot have, for the most part, a practical approach not found in the more remotely mystical Hasidic works, and yet the mystical Jewish cosmology familiar from other sources is not absent here: "By carrying out a holy deed or an act of life-sustaining charity,/ you redeem a spark from the evil forces/ and thus increase your own holiness." Most of these adjurations come from 18th- and 19th-century sources, but the authors include an appendix of "neo-Hasidic hanhagot" as well. Those interested in Jewish spiritual practice should find this work especially interesting. This translation fills a gap in the sources available to English-language readers. For most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580231862
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 163
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Or N. Rose is an associate dean at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. He is the coauthor of God in All Moments: Mystical and Practical Spiritual Wisdom from Hasidic Masters and coeditor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice; Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections and Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from around the Maggid's Table, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (all Jewish Lights).

Rabbi Ebn Leader is director of the Bet Midrash and an instructor in Talmud,
Jewish law, and Jewish mysticism at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.
He is the coeditor of God in All Moments: Mystical and Practical Wisdom from
Hasidic Masters
, and has contributed to Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections (both Jewish Lights). Prior to coming to Hebrew College, he served for several years as an educator at Jewish secondary schools in Jerusalem and
Boston.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix I. Awakening & Renewal 1 A Meditation upon Rising 3 Creative Awakening 5 Knowing God 7 Healthy Body, Healthy Soul 9 Waters of Renewal 11 Know Your Soul 13 The Importance of Silence 15 Soul Searching before Prayer 17 Tefilah and Tzedakah 19 II. Prayer 21 Prayer before Dawn 23 The Unfolding of Tefilah [Prayer] 25 The Eros of Prayer 27 The Word: Body and Soul 29 Removing the Veil 31 Eyes Open or Closed 33 The Gift of Inner Focus 35 Divine Hide & Seek 37 Individual Prayer 39 III. Preparation for Daily Life 41 Mirror Images 43 Divine Homecoming 45 Spiritual Practice 47 Many Paths to God 49 King Solomon's Example 51 The Power of the Human Mind 53 Holy Sparks 55 Preparing for Hard Times 57 IV. Personal & Interpersonal Conduct 59 Divine Surrender 61 Creating Your Own Reality 63 True Fear 65 Do Not Reach for Spiritual Heights 67 The Humble Way 69 All God’s Creatures 71 Arrogance Begets Anger 75 Righteous Indignation 77 Love Your Neighbor 79 Concealed and Revealed Acts of Piety 81 Know Who Stands before You 83 Beware of the Glowing Coals 85 V. Torah Study & Mitzvot 89 Fear, Love, and Torah Study 91 Refining the Soul 93 A Divine Study Partner 95 The Guidance of Torah 97 Creating Angels 99 The Joy of Service 101 Tzedakah: The Root of Life 105 When Storm Clouds Gather 107 Mindful Practice 109 God Loves the Body 111 VI. In Speech & In Silence 113 Choose Silence, Not Torah 115 The Cycle of Speech 117 Mystical Engagement 119 Emotional Mindfulness 121 Solitude in Community 123 A Single Thought 125 Spiritual "Talk Therapy" 127 Nightly Teshuvah 129 Joining Day and Night 131 Epilogue: Your Inner Voice 133 Appendices: Neo-Hasidic Hanhagot 135 Hillel Zeitlin 137 Arthur Green 141 Notes 145 Glossary 153 Bibliography of Hasidic Sources 157 Suggestions for Further Reading 159 Acknowledgments 163

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    recommend

    I converted to Judaism about 35 years ago. I am now getting serious about my religion and reading most books or articles concerning my religion; but, more importantly, books concerning G-d. I wrote my master's thesis on "how people in AA construct a G-d to help them remain sober." I found this book very enjoyable.
    Make it a great day, danny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004

    'Unearthing Spiritual Gems'

    A beautiful collection of inspiring teachings from the heart of Hasidism. The translations are poetic and the comments insightful. A must for anyone interested in spirituality!

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