Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life

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"Irwin Kula shows us how to to live our humanness — the pleasures and the challenges, the messiness and the triumphs — with a profound acceptance of our desires and foibles and a joy that can only come from understanding." —Deepak Chopra

"Yearning. After twenty-three years as a rabbi, I can think of no more defining human experience."

Life can be messy and imperfect. Were all looking for answers. And yet, as renowned rabbi Irwin Kula points ...

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Overview

"Irwin Kula shows us how to to live our humanness — the pleasures and the challenges, the messiness and the triumphs — with a profound acceptance of our desires and foibles and a joy that can only come from understanding." —Deepak Chopra

"Yearning. After twenty-three years as a rabbi, I can think of no more defining human experience."

Life can be messy and imperfect. Were all looking for answers. And yet, as renowned rabbi Irwin Kula points out, the yearning for answers is no different now than it was in the times that gave rise to Moses, Buddha, and Jesus. Far from being a burden, however, these yearnings can themselves become a path to blessing, prompting questions and insights, resulting in new ways of being and believing. In this, his first book, Rabbi Kula takes us on an excursion into the depths of our desires, applying ancient Jewish tradition to seven of our most wonderful yearnings. Merging ancient wisdom with contemporary insights, Rabbi Kula shows how traditional practices can inform and enrich our own search for meaning. More importantly, he invites us to embrace the messiness and complexities of the human experience in order to fully embrace the endless and glorious project of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Spirituality & Health
This sagacious book will be a blessing to all who read its teachigns on the value of spiritual learning.
Library Journal
Rabbi Kula is something of a media phenomenon he is a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the star of the 2004 documentary Time for a New God and the public television series Simple Wisdom. In this book, cowritten with literary agent Lowenthal, Kula identifies seven "yearnings" shared by many modern Americans truth, meaning, The Way, love, creativity, happiness, and transcendence describing them with warmth and wit and showing how these yearnings can be not so much fulfilled as adjusted and transformed in the context of a real life. Highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401301927
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Irwin Kula has appeared on Oprah and Frontline and serves as a consultant to corporate and family foundations, as well as to federations, synagogues, and agencies on issues of leadership and change. Fast Company has named Rabbi Kula as one of the new leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape and he has been featured in national publications such as the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.
Linda Loewenthal is a writer and literary agent and the founding director of One Spirit, the BOMC spiritual book club.

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Yearning for Truth
Humble Absolutes     3
God Will Be What God Will Be     15
The Silent, Thin Self     25
Yearning for Meaning
Sacred Messiness     41
Turning It Over     55
Duality Diving     67
Yearning for the Way
Dancing with Uncertainty     87
A Commanding Presence     98
The Necessity of Transgression     114
Yearning for Love
Covenant     129
Giving and Receiving     141
Forgiveness     158
Yearning to Create
Inspiration and Illumination     183
The Practice of Being     197
The Sabbath of Work     210
Yearning for Happiness
The Blessing of Pleasure     225
The Ethics of Joy     240
Full of Enough     250
Yearning for Transcendence
Dying for Life     265
Messiah-ing     282
Repairing the World     295
Acknowledgments     307
Bibliography     313
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