ISBN-10:
0791471888
ISBN-13:
9780791471883
Pub. Date:
08/09/2007
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition, Revised Edition

A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition, Revised Edition

by Merle Feld

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ISBN-13: 9780791471883
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 08/09/2007
Series: SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 341
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Merle Feld is a writer, educator, and activist whose prose and poetry, including her signature poem about women and men at Sinai, “We All Stood Together,” can be found in numerous anthologies and prayer books. Her memoir, A Spiritual Life, has been translated into Russian and enjoys a wide audience across the former Soviet Union; a Hebrew translation is forthcoming. Merle’s theatre credits include the award-winning plays Across the Jordan, published by Syracuse University Press in the anthology Making a Scene, and The Gates Are Closing, performed by hundreds of congregations worldwide. A popular scholar in residence, Merle has taught frequently at synagogues, college campuses, and adult learning institutes. She has pioneered teaching writing as a spiritual practice, and since 2005 has served as Founding Director of the Rabbinic Writing Institute, guiding rabbis-in-training across the denominations to develop a personal writing practice through which to explore their own spiritual lives and to more effectively serve as spiritual leaders.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1 . Beginnings

2 . Beginning Again

3 . The Necessity of Poetry in My Life

4 . Report from the Trenches

5 . Passion

6 . Yizkor

7 . Israel

8 . Repairing the World: The Work of Tikkun Olam

9 . Daily Prayer

10 . We All Stood Together

11 . Brigadoon, a Place for Dreams to Grow

12 . Readers' and Writers' Guide

Glossary
Index of Poems
Literary Sources
About the Author

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A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition, Revised Edition 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
raizel on LibraryThing 25 days ago
A memoir with poetry by a woman on the front lines of Jewish feminism. I've met some of the people she talks about and can relate to many of the events in her life. Her poetry is understandable. Occasionally the conclusion feels a bit random, but I recognize the feelings and she expresses them well. This edition is revised to include a new chapter about her connections to Project Kesher and her meeting with Jewish women in the Former Soviet Union (FSU). It also includes a reader's and writer's guide at the end. Ms. Feld believes strongly in the value of expressing yourself / discovering yourself through writing.