Jewish with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice

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A how-to for Jewish spirituality that works.

A spiritual seeker is a person whose soul is awake. In this book I make no assumptions about how much you know about Judaism, what holidays you keep, or whether you believe in God. I want us to start from your soul’s experience and carry on from there.
—from the Introduction

“Virtually anyone remotely affiliated with Judaism should read this book, wrote Publishers ...

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Overview

A how-to for Jewish spirituality that works.

A spiritual seeker is a person whose soul is awake. In this book I make no assumptions about how much you know about Judaism, what holidays you keep, or whether you believe in God. I want us to start from your soul’s experience and carry on from there.
—from the Introduction

“Virtually anyone remotely affiliated with Judaism should read this book, wrote Publishers Weekly, which listed Jewish with Feeling among its Best Religion Books of the Year. Without question the best, most readable introduction to Reb Zalmans philosophy of Judaism, it is also the best beginners guide to Jewish spirituality available today, wrote the Forward, the perfect book for both the spiritual seeker and the curious skeptic.

Taking off from basic questions like “Why be Jewish?” and whether the word God still speaks to us today, Reb Zalman lays out a vision for a whole-person Judaism. This is not only Sinai then but Sinai now, a revelation of the Torah inside and all around us. Complete with many practical suggestions to enrich your own Jewish life, Jewish with Feeling is “a mystical masterpiece filled with spiritual practices and an exciting vision of the future” (Spirituality & Health). Spiritual experience, as Reb Zalman shows, repays every effort we make to acquire it.

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SpiritualityHealth.com
"[An] enlightening mystical masterpiece. An inspiring and expansive vision of Judaism that is informed by mysticism, Hasidism, everyday spirituality, creative use of ritual and an intriguing understanding of meaningful Jewish practice."
The Forward
"Without question, the best, most readable introduction to Reb Zalman's philosophy of Judaism ... [and] the best 'beginner's guide to Jewish spirituality' available today"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580236911
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 420,297
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, the inspiration of the Jewish Renewal movement, is widely recognized as one of the most important Jewish spiritual teachers of our time. Professor emeritus at Temple University, he has contributed to Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections, and is the author of Jewish with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice, Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit: Reb Zalman's Guide to Recapturing the Intimacy & Ecstasy in Your Relationship with God, (all Jewish Lights); From Age-ing to Sage-ing; and Wrapped in a Holy Flame, among other books.

Joel Segel, editor of many books on spirituality, is coauthor (with Reb Zalman) of Jewish with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice and Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part One: The Torah of Today 1. Oy, What a Word! 2. A Life in Time 3. Talking to God 4. The Meaning of Mitzvah Part Two: The Torah of Tomorrow 5. A New Kind of Kosher 6. Why Be Jewish? 7. The Jewish Word for Hope A Final Blessing Glossary Acknowledgments

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