Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology / Edition 1

Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology / Edition 1

by Arthur Green
     
 

ISBN-10: 1580231306

ISBN-13: 9781580231305

Pub. Date: 04/01/2003

Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing

The new Jewish spirituality lies somewhere between God's elusive presence in our world and our search for authentic language to describe it. Personal journeys seldom have a clear beginning, and they rarely have a definite end. If there is an end to our journey, surely it is one that leads to some measure of wisdom, and thence back to its own beginning. But

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The new Jewish spirituality lies somewhere between God's elusive presence in our world and our search for authentic language to describe it. Personal journeys seldom have a clear beginning, and they rarely have a definite end. If there is an end to our journey, surely it is one that leads to some measure of wisdom, and thence back to its own beginning. But somewhere along the way, we come to realize that we must know where we have been going, why we have been going. Most of all, we come to understand as best we can the One who sends us on our way. —from the Introduction Rabbi Arthur Green leads us on a journey of discovery to seek God, the world, and ourselves. One of the most influential Jewish thinkers of our time, Green has created a roadmap of meaning for our lives in the light of Jewish mysticism, using the Hebrew letters that make up the divine name: Yod— Reality at the beginning. God as the oneness of being at the outset, before it unfolds into our universe. Heh— Creation and God’s presence in the world. A renewed faith in God as Creator has powerful implications for us today. Vav— Revelation, the central faith claim of Judaism and the claim it makes on our lives. Heh— Redemption and our return to God through the life of Torah and by participating in the ongoing repair of the world. A personal and honest framework of understanding for the seeker, this revised and updated edition of a classic sheds new light on our search for the divine presence in our everyday lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580231305
Publisher:
Jewish Lights Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
308
Sales rank:
757,240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1God and the Ways of Being
The Secret of the Sh'ma3
God Above, God within8
The Two and the One11
God as Y-H-W-H: "Is - Was - Will Be" is One!16
Speak My Name19
Seeking God: Look First to Love23
In God's Own Image: Seek My Face27
Face to Face34
Male and Female: An Excursus36
One and Two41
Pt. 2Creation
One God, Two Ways47
Creation and the Jewish Question49
Creation and the Struggle for Faith53
What Comes "First"?55
Two Tales58
The One and the Many60
Who is at the Center?64
Evolution: An Ongoing Process68
From Aggadah to Halakhah72
The First Mitzvah: Be Aware75
In God's Image77
Celebrating Creation: The Mitzvah of Shabbat80
"To Work It and Guard It": Preserving God's World82
Vegetarianism: A Kashrut for Our Age85
Human Love and Human Pain89
The Human Being: Bearer of Divine Compassion92
Pt. 3Revelation
Y-H-W-H and Language97
Before the Mountain99
Human Understanding and Divine Speech103
The Inner Mountain106
Torah as the Name of God110
Revelation and the Inward Journey113
The Role of Covenant: A Reinterpretation115
Revelation and Torah119
Revelation, Will, and Law122
The Personal, Path: Accepting the Yoke127
Sinai and Language131
Sinai and Study133
Sinai and Community136
The Three Festivals: Sinai and the Sacred Cycle138
The Word in Our Day143
Pt. 4Redemption
The Light of the First Day149
Crying Out for the Light151
Redemption as Coming Home154
The Bible: A Tale of Exile158
Homecoming and Teshuvah164
Teshuvah and the Sacred Year166
The Redemptive Task, Getting to Work170
Redemption and the Messianic Dream174
Messiah: Actor or Herald?177
Seeking Out Our Sparks of Light181
Notes184
Glossary265
About Jewish Lights270

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