Jewish Spiritual Direction: An Innovative Guide from Traditional and Contemporary Sources

Jewish Spiritual Direction: An Innovative Guide from Traditional and Contemporary Sources

by Howard A. Addison, Barbara Eve Breitman
     
 

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The first comprehensive resource for spiritual direction in the Jewish tradition—
a vital resource for people involved in spiritual leadership.

The essential reference for people who are called to help others listen for God’s voice—not only through prayer

Overview

The first comprehensive resource for spiritual direction in the Jewish tradition—
a vital resource for people involved in spiritual leadership.

The essential reference for people who are called to help others listen for God’s voice—not only through prayer and sacred texts, but also through dance, art and interactions with other people—this groundbreaking volume draws on both Jewish tradition and the classical foundations of spiritual direction to provide invaluable guidance.

Offering insight into all aspects of spiritual direction, including theology, practice, companionship, group work and embodied spirituality, the contributors to this guide are innovators in their fields and represent all four contemporary Jewish movements. Topics explored include:

Jewish Theologies and Jewish Spiritual Direction • The Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Direction • Spiritual Direction as a Contemplative Practice • Contemplation and Social Action • Cultivating a Hearing Heart • Spiritual Types • Community for Spiritual Direction • Spiritual Direction and the Cycle of Holy Time • Spiritual Companionship and the Passages of Life • Jewish Spiritual Direction and the Sacred Body • Integrating Spiritual Direction and Visual Creativity • and many more ...

An exciting and practical addition to an emerging field, this is the definitive guide for all who accompany Jewish seekers on their spiritual journeys.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A work of intelligence, depth and enduring worth [that is] long overdue."
Rabbi Martin S. Cohen, editor, Conservative Judaism magazine

“Adds fresh, new understandings of spiritual guidance to long-treasured Jewish traditions of seeking the face of God. Sit with it. Ponder it. Let it lead you to prayer.”
Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, PhD, founding member, Spiritual Directors International

“Admirably creates a vocabulary and conceptual framework for this emerging field. Masterfully mines Jewish tradition to ground spiritual direction in Jewish theology, text and practice. An invaluable companion to those who companion others on their spiritual journeys.”
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, editor, Jewish Pastoral Care, 2nd Edition: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources

“A treasure trove.… Will inspire its readers to new levels of Jewish spiritual engagement and activism.”
Rabbi David Teutsch, author, Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy

“An epochmaking event. This is not just Christian spiritual direction with a Jewish patina; it is fully and organically Jewish.”
Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, DHL (z"l), author of Spiritual Intimacy

“Deep, thoughtful and varied.... An extraordinary collection of pioneering works that maps the latest thinking in this important, emerging field of Jewish spiritual life.”
Rabbi Nancy Flam, codirector of programs, Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580235259
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Rabbi Howard A. Addison has trained with leading Enneagram practitioner Helen Palmer, and also served as the last student assistant to Abraham Joshua Heschel. He offers seminars on the Kabbalah and the Enneagram to teachers of both disciplines. Educated at both The Jewish Theological Seminary and the United Church of Christ's Chicago Theological Seminary, Addison serves as Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Dresher, Pennsylvania.


Barbara Breitman, DMin, is assistant professor of pastoral
counseling at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where
she helped found the program in spiritual direction. A pioneer in the
field of Jewish spiritual direction, she is cofounder of Lev Shomea, a
training program at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, and
coeditor, with Rabbi Howard A. Addison, of Jewish Spiritual Direction:
An Innovative Guide from Traditional and Contemporary Sources

(Jewish Lights Publishing). An experienced psychotherapist with a
special interest in trauma, somatic awareness, mindfulness, and resilience,
she maintains a private practice with individuals and couples
in Philadelphia.

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