Israel-a Spiritual Travel Guide; A Companion for the Modern Jewish Pilgrim

Israel-a Spiritual Travel Guide; A Companion for the Modern Jewish Pilgrim

by Lawrence A. Hoffman
     
 

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The only travel guide to Israel that will help you to prepare spiritually for your visit. Combining, in quick reference format, ancient blessings, medieval prayers, biblical references, and modern poetry, it helps today's pilgrim tap into the deep spiritual meanings of the ancient-and modern-sites of the Holy Land. For each of 25 major tourist destinations-from the

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The only travel guide to Israel that will help you to prepare spiritually for your visit. Combining, in quick reference format, ancient blessings, medieval prayers, biblical references, and modern poetry, it helps today's pilgrim tap into the deep spiritual meanings of the ancient-and modern-sites of the Holy Land. For each of 25 major tourist destinations-from the Western Wall to Masada to a kibbutz in the Galilee-it gives guidance in sharply-focused four-step sections:

  • Anticipation: To read in advance. Information to help orient you in the site's historical context.
  • Approach: To read on the way there. Readings from traditional and modern sources to orient you in the site's spiritual context.
  • Acknowledgment: To read at the site. A prayer or blessing to integrate the experience into your spiritual consciousness.
  • Afterthought: Journaling space for writing your own thoughts and impressions.

More than a guidebook: It is a spiritual map of the Holy Land.
"Use this book and turn your trip to Israel into a journey of personal discovery and profound enrichment of Jewish identity. . . . A book of a thousand spiritual delights."
-Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, President, Jewish Life Network; author, The Jewish Way "To add a spiritual dimension to your journey, pack this extraordinary new guidebook to Israel. I'll be bringing it on my next visit!" - Gabe Levenson, travel columnist for The New York Jewish Week "A guide like no other, this book will take you to Israel even before you get there, and do so with unusual power and delight at the same time." - Rabbi Joy Levitt, The Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, Plandome, N.Y. "This is an adult guide to Israel, ancient and modern Jewish sources and the inner spirit. Excellent readings, prayers, and meditations help the Jewish pilgrim see Israel through new, spiritually sensitive eyes." - Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, Kehilat Kol HaNeshamah, Jerusalem

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To celebrate Israel's 50th birthday, many Jews may find themselves boarding a plane to visit the country's holy sites. For modern Jews making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Hoffman (What Is a Jew?) provides a travel guide intended to prepare them for the spiritual as well as the physical dimension of their travels. In the book's first section, Hoffman offers 18 short meditations to be read before leaving on the journey. Topics included in this section range from meditations on a "Jewish map of Jewish Space and Time" to "Jerusalem: The Center of the World." Sections two and three focus, respectively, on "what to say on the eve of leaving" and "how to prepare while on the way." Section four, the centerpiece of the book, contains brief reflections on 25 specific destinations in Israel, ranging from the Western Wall to Masada and Bethlehem. Each of these chapters contains four sections--"Anticipation," a brief historical overview to read before arriving at the destination; "Approach," excerpts from a variety of Jewish writings to teach the traveler about the locations' spiritual context; "Acknowledgment," prayers or blessings; and "Afterthought," a blank space for writing journal entries. Hoffman's book is such an invaluable resource for incorporating Jewish spirituality into Jewish history that both non-Jews and Jews will benefit from it. (July)
Library Journal
This guidebook to the spiritual experience of Israel starts where conventional guides leave off. Rabbi Hoffman, professor of liturgy at Hebrew Union College and editor of My People's Prayer Book (Jewish Lights, 1997), combines ancient blessings, medieval prayers, biblical references, modern poetry, and insights about the meaning of ancient and modern sites of the Holy Land in ready-reference format. For each of the 25 major destinations arranged by geographic section, he recommends readings for learning historical and spiritual context, prayers, and blessings. The book also provides space for noting thoughts about the experience and a useful index to places and events. Helpful for all public libraries and for world travel collections.--Leroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty. Lib. System, Inverness, FL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781879045569
Publisher:
Jewish Lights Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
4.69(w) x 10.03(h) x 0.57(d)

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