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“Aaron’s accessible explanations make difficult mystical concepts easy to understand, especially when he offers clever, offbeat analogies. . . . Aaron’s book will provide sincere guidance toward recovering a tender, untarnished meaning of the Jewish holidays.”—Publishers Weekly
"A spiritually rousing book. . . . In a warm, easy-to-read style, and radiating an enthusiasm that is contagious, Aaron explores the deeper meaning behind nine Jewish holidays."—Cleveland Jewish News
"This is a wonderfully inspiring book! Rabbi Aaron makes you fall in love with God and with the depth and wisdom of Judaism."—Dr. Miriam Adahan, author of You are a Jewel
"The Jewish holidays are not only profoundly deep but spiritually thrilling. If you are looking to discover the rich, inspirational tapestry of the holiday cycle, then Rabbi David Aaron is the teacher for you."—Shimon Apisdorf, cofounder of the Jewish Literacy Fund
"Contemporary, meaningful, and witty. Inviting God In is an excellent spiritual tour and guide through the Jewish year."—Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov, author of The Key to Kabbalah: Discovering Jewish Mysticism
"Inviting God In has a lot to teach all of us, about God and about ourselves."—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Aaron, a teacher of mysticism in Jerusalem, focuses on one word not usually used to describe Jewish holiday themes and observances: love. Yes, he says, Rosh Hashanah is about accountability and Hanukkah is about hope. Yes, Yom Kippur is about forgiveness and Purim is about trust. But every holiday shares one unifying ingredient not usually stirred into the Jewish recipe for the holidays: God's love. A Jewish holiday, called a mo'ed, a fixed time or date, allows us a "date with God" so that we can remember a dramatic moment in God's loving presence. Each chapter describes the "soul-meaning"-a term Aaron doesn't define-of a different holiday, an aspect of God's unconditional love. Aaron's accessible explanations make difficult mystical concepts easy to understand, especially when he offers clever, offbeat analogies. The Torah is like a love letter you read and reread. Revelation is like the traffic report on the radio, with God as the traffic helicopter deciphering patterns from above. The tragedy, says Aaron, is that today many of us are not even looking for God. For those who are, Aaron's book will provide sincere guidance toward uncovering a tender, untarnished meaning of the Jewish holidays. (Aug. 8) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
There are numerous volumes that take readers through the courses of time-tested prayer and recurring ritual observance, Christian and Jewish alike many of them having been reviewed in this column. This book, by Aaron (Seeing God: Ten Life-Changing Lessons of the Kaballah), the son of a Holocaust survivor, differs from the lot in its brevity and directness of approach to the meanings of Judaism's ritual practice. Addressing the important holidays of Passover, Shavuot, Tisha B'Av, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Purim, and others, Aaron always finds a way even in paradox to celebrate God or faith in God. As he says in his conclusion, "Each Jewish holy day celebrates a vital aspect of God's timeless love for us." Most Jewish readers will enjoy this charming and thoughtful book. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.