God Was in This Place & I, i Did Not Know: Finding Self, Spirituality and Ultimate Meaning

God Was in This Place & I, i Did Not Know: Finding Self, Spirituality and Ultimate Meaning

by Lawrence Kushner
     
 

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A daring blend of scholarship, imagination, psychology and history. Through an inspiring range of interpretations of Genesis 28:16, illuminates what the sages discovered on Jacob’s ladder about God’s Self and the fundamental questions of human experience.See more details below

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A daring blend of scholarship, imagination, psychology and history. Through an inspiring range of interpretations of Genesis 28:16, illuminates what the sages discovered on Jacob’s ladder about God’s Self and the fundamental questions of human experience.

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Christian Century
"A combination of ancient wisdom, modern good sense, and the impetus for some do-it-yourself meaning-stalking."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The interpretations of the Genesis (28:16) account of Jacob's dream of a ladder with ascending and descending angels by seven historical rabbis--one, Hannah Rachel Werbermacher, who lived in Poland 200 years ago--are gathered here in an arresting interplay of ideas and backgrounds. According to Massachusetts rabbi Kushner ( The Book of Letters ), this collection of views is ``actually one long midrash, that is, fiction concealed beneath the apparent text of the biblical narrative.'' This imaginative volume is filled with reverence for the Hebrew word and the tradition that transmits as well the identity of its great teachers through the centuries. With considerable flexibility in blending ancient wisdom with contemporary illuminations, Kushner makes accessible to readers the richness and attractions of mystical inquiry. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Using a biblical verse (Genesis 28:16) as a starting point, Kushner, a Reform rabbi, introduces the reader to seven spiritual teachers of the 3rd to the 19th centuries who ``come alive'' in Kushner's presentation and offer midrashic interpretations of the verse. The book is not only an introduction to Jewish mysticism and to midrash, but also a profound exploration of the necessity of paying attention to God's presence, of the nature of evil, and of the dangers of egoism. These meditations can benefit Christians as well as Jews. Highly recommended for public libraries.

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ISBN-13:
9781879045057
Publisher:
Jewish Lights Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/1991
Pages:
192

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Strong, imaginative, open and profound.
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