A book that charts a clear path to a more spiritually rich practice of Judaism from the coauthor of the best-selling Jewish Catalog volumes.
For all the cycles of life, best-selling author Rabbi Michael Strassfeld presents traditional Jewish teachings as a guide to behavior and values. Where the tradition is replete with rituals (for example, the Sabbath), he describes them and shows how they can enrich spiritual living. Where rituals are sparse or nonexistent (for example, returning home at the end of the workday), he suggests new ones gleaned from his own study and experience.
Strassfeld also brings the principles of "insight meditation" to Jewish life, using this practice to recover and reconstruct Judaism's spiritual dimension. He describes a Judaism that encourages within us a spiritual awareness as we participate in both traditional Jewish practices and the mundane activities of daily life. By engaging with Jewish tradition in ways that recapture its original kavanah , or intention, we will, Strassfeld maintains, achieve the two fundamental goals of Judaism-to become better human beings and to be in God's presence. (Hardcover published in 2002 by Schocken Books, ISBN 0-8052-4124-8.)
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About the Author
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, coauthor of the three volumes of The Jewish Catalog and of A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah and author of The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary , is the rabbi of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a synagogue in Manhattan.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments ixIntroduction xi
Part One AWAKENING TO THE DAYDawning 3Speech 22Work 37Eating and Food 66The End of the Day 94Shabbat: A Day for Walking Softly Through the World 103
Part Two THE THREE PATHSTorah: The Path of Study 139Avodah : The Path of Prayer 176Gemilut Hesed : The Path of Loving-kindness 206
Part Three LIVING THROUGH THE YEAR: THE FESTIVALSThe Festivals 227The Jewish Calendar 229Pesah/Passover 231The Omer 244Shavuot 253The Three Weeks and Tisha be-Av 256High Holidays: Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur 260Sukkot 274Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah 281Hanukkah 284Tu Bishvat 290Purim 293
Part Four LIVING A LIFE OF HOLINESSGenesis/Bereishit: Beginnings and Birth 304Genesis/Bereishit: Conversion 324Genesis/Bereishit: Parents and Children 337Exodus/Shemot: Bar/Bat Mitzvah 345Exodus/Shemot: On Being a Mentsch 353Leviticus/Va-Yikra: Relationships and Sexuality 357Leviticus/Va-Yikra: Marriage 373Numbers/Be-midbar: Living in the Desert 396Deuteronomy/Devarim: Aging 425Deuteronomy/Devarim: Death 440
Part Five AFTER DEUTERONOMY: LIVING IN THE PROMISED LANDIsrael: Toward a Torah of Zion 467Ecology 475After the Words: God 487
A Note on Sources/Glossary 505