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In every moment of each day, we have the opportunity to bring the sacred into our everyday lives. We can perform acts of mindfulness and thanksgiving that can transform our lives and help us repair the world. Stepping Stones to Jewish Spiritual Living provides spiritual activities, meditations, prayers, and simple rituals to accommodate any lifestyle and daily routine, giving us a chance to embrace God's creation throughout the day.
Co-authored by a rabbi and a psychotherapist, it bridges the gap between
faith and healing, tradition and innovation, acceptance of the past and transformation for the future. Chapters are arranged according to the cycle of each day-from sunrise to midnight-and feature creative new rituals, inspiring passages from traditional Jewish texts, prayers, poems, blessings, acts of kavannah (spiritual intention), and more:
- Sunrise, Renewing our bodies with meditation and mindful breathing.
- Morning, Contributing to tikkun olam (repairing the world) by ethically pursuing our livelihoods and recognizing our social responsibilities.
- Afternoon, Giving thanks with blessings at meal times, and extending hospitality to family, friends, and community.
- Evening, Combining study and prayer with relaxation and leisure.
- Night, Confronting pain, loss, and death with rituals for healing and renewal for the future.
"A wonderful, practical, and inspiring guidebook to gently bring the riches of Jewish practice into our busy, everyday lives. Highly recommended."
-Rabbi David A. Cooper, author of God Is a Verb
"Turns the mundane 24-hour day into a luminous gateway toward the sacred and the spiritual."
-Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Pathfinder of ALEPH, Alliance for Jewish Renewal; author, Godwrestling-Round 2
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Rabbi James L. Mirel has served as spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Torah in Bellevue, Washington, for more than a decade. He is one of the most respected congregational rabbis in the United States, and has received awards and recognition for his work in Jewish and communal services. He has served as a religion columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and as a radio talk show host on the award-winning God Talk .
Karen Bonnell Werth has been a health-care professional for twenty years. As a psychotherapist and psychiatric nurse, she has worked extensively in the realm of body-mind-spirit with people of all ages and backgrounds. Educated at the University of Michigan, she has been on the faculty of three universities and lectures widely on topics such as healing and spirituality, conflict resolution, and spirituality in the workplace.