One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi

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Rabbi Alan Lew is known as the Zen Rabbi, a man who has been a leader in the Jewish meditation movement and who has worked to bring two ancient religious traditions into everyday life. One God Clapping is the story of his roundabout yet continuously provoking spiritual odyssey. It is also the story of the meeting between East and West in America and the ways in which that encounter has transformed how we understand our God and ourselves. Born in Brooklyn, where his grandfathers introduce him to the rituals of ...
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New York 1999 Hardcover First Edition New *** compelling personal encounter with the divine that shines through this straightforward, honest, wonderfully well-written ... autobiography-Sylvia Boorstein *** an accomplished spiritual master who weds Zen meditation with a life of devotion to God and Judaism...Rabbi Lew is the perfect guide to the image of God within each of us. -Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Professor of Midrash, Jewish Theological Seminary *** It's a rare thrill to find such clarity in any tradition: as Zen says, 'pointing directly to the heart. '-Norman Fischer, San Francisco Zen Center *** Read more Show Less

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Overview

Rabbi Alan Lew is known as the Zen Rabbi, a man who has been a leader in the Jewish meditation movement and who has worked to bring two ancient religious traditions into everyday life. One God Clapping is the story of his roundabout yet continuously provoking spiritual odyssey. It is also the story of the meeting between East and West in America and the ways in which that encounter has transformed how we understand our God and ourselves. Born in Brooklyn, where his grandfathers introduce him to the rituals of Jewish life, Lew is uprooted when his family moves to the suburbs. From there, his quest for spiritual solace begins, seeing him through the flowering of the sixties in California where, in the company of poets, hipsters, and beats, he settles on Zen Buddhism as a spiritual path. The enhanced self-awareness he chronicles leads to a completely unexpected revelation - the depth of his attachment to being a Jew. His interest in Buddhism begins to wane, culminating in his decision to become a rabbi. Yet even upon settling in as rabbi of the largest conservative synagogue in San Francisco, he is not at the end of his search for a spiritual home. Forced to answer questions about his Buddhist past, he is obliged to examine more closely the nature of spiritual practice and determine exactly what Buddhism and Judaism have to offer each other. Like a Zen parable or a Jewish folk tale, One God Clapping unfolds as a series of stories, each containing a moment of revelation or instruction that, while often unexpected, is never simple of contrived. Like the life of Alan Lew himself, this book is a bold experiment in the integration of Eastern and Western ways of looking at and living in the world.
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Candid and personal, with deep insight into Jadaism and excellent writing, One god Clappingis a jewel.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568362878
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 6/10/1999
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Lew is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco and is at the forefront of the movement to develop new forms of Jewish spiritual expression. His work in the area of using Zen meditation to enhance Jewish spirituality has been highlighted on programs such as ABC News, The MacNeil-Lehrer Report, the PBS news magazine Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He also serves as moderator of Mosaic, CBS's weekly religious talk show. Lew explores meditation in Jewish contexts, and has conducted workshops and retreats on Jewish meditation throughout the United States and Canada.

Sherril Jaffe is the author of many books, including Ground Rules and House Tours. Jaffe is a professor of English at Sonoma State University where she teaches fiction writing. She is married to Alan Lew, and they live with their family in San Francisco.

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