Revolution of the Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform Your Synagogue & Inspire Your Jewish Community

Revolution of the Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform Your Synagogue & Inspire Your Jewish Community

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ISBN-13: 9781580236256
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, DMIN, a dynamic speaker on the topics of Judaism, spirituality and building inclusive communities of faith, is spiritual leader of Congregation Shirat Hayam, one of the fastest growing congregations in the Greater Boston area.


Ellen Frankel, LCSW, a member of Congregation Shirat Hayam, is a popular author and speaker on spirituality and wellness. Her work has been featured on TV nationally and in The Boston Globe, The Jewish Journal North of Boston and The Jewish Advocate.


Dr. Ron Wolfson, visionary educator and inspirational speaker, is Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles and a cofounder of Synagogue 3000. He is author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community; The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth; Be Like God: God's To-Do List for Kids; God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth; Hanukkah, Passover and Shabbat, all Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Art of Jewish Living family guides to spiritual celebrations; The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community; A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement and Comfort and, with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, What You Will See Inside a Synagogue (all Jewish Lights), a book for children ages 6 and up. He contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism—Yizkor, Who by Fire, Who by Water—Un'taneh Tokef, All These Vows—Kol Nidre and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism—Ashamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights).

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction: Revolution of Jewish Spirit xiii

Part 1 Journey Forth

1 Lech Lecha: Individual Call to Journey 3

2 Na'aseh: Communal Call to Journey 21

3 Choose Life: Choosing to Journey 33

Part II From the known to the Unknown

4 The "When" of Ruakh: Erotic Shabbat 51

5 The "What" of Ruakh: The Synaplex Experience 65

6 The "Who" of Ruakh: Re-Membering the Tribe 95

Part III And You Shall be a Blessing

7 Vision and Visionaries 115

8 Future Shul 135

9 Revenue Revolution 151

Conclusion: And You Shall be a Blessing 171

Acknowledgments 177

Notes 184

Suggestions for Further Reading 187

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