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The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It is through the unremarkable events of daily life that we discover universal and wondrous spiritual truths. Finding meaning in the mundane is just a matter of knowing where to look, says Leder, a rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. The author notes that it's hard to find the sacred in the everyday when every day is a blur. Through vignettes both poignant and funny, Leder points out connections between our everyday experiences and the teachings of Judaism. Leder uses stories about an accident-prone pet frog, handing over pocket change to a homeless person, a weekend fishing trip and a roller-coaster ride to show how God can be found in the nooks and crannies of our familiar routines. Leder incorporates thousands of years of Jewish wisdom in his stories by weaving into them passages from the Torah, the Talmud and Midrash. His stories are an engaging way to explore Judaism's relevance to our lives, and his anecdotes show us that true holiness can be found in the humble corners of daily life. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874416473
  • Publisher: Behrman House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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