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

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Opens a window into Jewish spirituality for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Blending scholarship, imagination, psychology and history, Kushner creates inspiring interpretations of Jacob's dream in Genesis. Through creative reconstructions of "conversations" with seven Jewish spiritual masters, he asks and answers the fundamental questoins of human existence: Who am I? Who is God? A new and dynamic spiritual and literary genre. Rabbi Kushner's insights put him at the ...
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Overview

Opens a window into Jewish spirituality for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Blending scholarship, imagination, psychology and history, Kushner creates inspiring interpretations of Jacob's dream in Genesis. Through creative reconstructions of "conversations" with seven Jewish spiritual masters, he asks and answers the fundamental questoins of human existence: Who am I? Who is God? A new and dynamic spiritual and literary genre. Rabbi Kushner's insights put him at the forefront of America's spiritual renewal.

Kushner creates inspiring interpretations of Jacob's dream in Genesis, opening a window into spirituality from a Jewish perspective for people of all faiths and backgrounds. In a fascinating blend of scholarship, imagination, history, and psychology, seven Jewish spiritual masters ask and answer fundamental questions of human experience.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879045330
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 181
  • Sales rank: 716,295
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is one of the most widely read authors by people of all faiths on Jewish spiritual life. He is the best-selling author of such books as Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary; God Was in This Place & I, i Did Not Know: Finding Self, Spirituality and Ultimate Meaning; Honey from the Rock: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism; The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet; The Book of Miracles: A Young Person's Guide to Jewish Spiritual Awareness; The Book of Words: Talking Spiritual Life, Living Spiritual Talk; Eyes Remade for Wonder: A Lawrence Kushner Reader; I'm God, You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion and other Disguises of the Ego; Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians; The River of Light: Jewish Mystical Awareness; The Way Into Jewish Mystical Tradition; and co-author of Because Nothing Looks Like God; How Does God Make Things Happen?; Where Is God?; What Does God Look Like?; and In God's Hands. He is the Emanu-El Scholar at San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El and an adjunct professor of Jewish mysticism and spirituality at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is available to speak on the following topics:

• Jewish Mystical Imagination

• Rymanover's Silent Aleph: What Really Happened on Sinai

• Zohar on Romance and Revelation

• What Makes Kabbalah Kabbalah

• Sacred Stories of the Ordinary: When God Makes a Surprise Appearance in Everyday Life

Click here to contact the author.

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