At age 30 Evan Moffic became the leader of a large congregation. He had great success. But he couldn't find happiness. Then he found a 2000-year-old prayer. In it were hidden elements of Jewish wisdom. They became a part of his life and those of his congregation and transformed them and him.
What if we had a clear path to follow when life disappointed us? What if we had a time-tested guide for a life of deeper meaning and happiness? That is what Rabbi Moffic discovered in an ancient Jewish prayer.
Based on ten practices any person can follow, the prayer has helped thousands of people-couples, teenagers, empty nesters struggling with loss, divorce, and ruptured relationships-find renewed meaning and purpose in their lives.
Moffic discovered the power of the prayer when he was called to become the youngest rabbi to lead a large US synagogue at just thirty years of age. The prayer became his guidepost, providing him with the wisdom to lead beyond his years. By incorporating the power of this prayer into his life and using it to guide his congregation and community, he became known as "the smiling rabbi."
In the tradition of Rabbi Harold Kushner, Rabbi Evan Moffic opens up the Jewish wisdom tradition with insights for today. Drawing from interactions with thousands of congregants, as well as his own experience; relating stories of real people; providing accessible commentary from contemporary psychologists; and sprinkling in warm humor, this rabbi of a new generation reveals the means and meaning of joyous living that will appeal to everyone.
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About the Author
EVAN MOFFIC leads Congregation Solel in suburban Chicago. A graduate of Stanford University, Rabbi Moffic was ordained as a rabbi in 2006. He speaks at book festivals, religious groups, and organizational gatherings across the country. Rabbi Moffic appears regularly on cable news stations as a commentator on religious events.
With his wife, Rabbi Arielle Moffic, he has counseled hundreds of individuals and married thousands of couples of all faiths. The Rabbis Moffic are the proud parents of two young children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A beautifully written book that combines the science behind what makes us happy with Jewish religion and Rabbi Moffic's own experiences as a Rabbi. I found it very meaningful and feel that I will reread it and look at is as a reference book. You do not need to be Jewish or religious to benefit from reading this book.
The Happiness Prayer isn't just quick fix "make me happy" prayer. It is also a Jewish prayer and I am not Jewish. Yet, I found this book to teach me truths and Scriptures in ways that I hadn't thought about them before. I truly found this book to be on insightful guide to living a better life. The Happiness Prayer is called Eilu Devarim and is from a Jewish text called the Talmud. Evan Moffic made this prayer a way of living when he went through a time of personal challenge. The prayer begins with a statement of its purpose. The prayer is initially related to financial interest--an investment in the prayer of our time if we follow these lessons means that, like financial interest, our happiness will compound. He shares the prayer and his experiences, along with real experiences of other people, to teach readers how to use this prayer to live more joyously. In The Happiness Prayer, Moffic breaks the prayer down into chapters and looks at each part of the prayer in depth and offers wisdom in how to use it to live in our world today. I think The Happiness Prayer has helped me to look at what it truly means to honor your parents, why we should grieve with those who are grieving and other aspects of life that I honestly hadn't considered in this way before. There is also an especially good discussion on what forgiveness means in part of this prayer. Moffic also explains that we need discernment and commitment to best use this prayer. "Each of our wisdom practices is good--yet no one person can do them all every day. . .We need to focus. We need to discern. . .And discernment is ongoing." He says that these wisdom practices that are part of this prayer require a commitment to be experimental, flexible and generous and then explains what that means to him. Moffic says that he has followed this prayer for several years, through life's ups and downs, and has been the better for doing so. Through The Happiness Prayer book, I could see where we would all be better off in following this prayer and living it as best we can. I would recommend this book to every one, both Christian and Jew, as it offers a lot of wisdom for us all in a small space. I received The Happiness Prayer from Center Street/Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
The Happiness Prayer: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Best Way to Live Today by Evan Moffic is a thoughtful book that explores happiness and contentment. The book covers many aspects on how to live a positive and balanced life. Moffic goes into great detail as he encourages readers to be kind, keep learning, honor your parents, be there for others, pray, forgive, be discerning, celebrate good times, and invite others into your life. My favorite chapter was “Pray with Intention,” which discusses what prayer is and is not, different types of prayers, and whether prayer makes us happier. Another great chapter was “Be There When Others Need You”; I love how Moffic talks about how physical healing is sometimes affected by spiritual healing. Moffic is a rabbi, and the book incorporates a nice blend of theology and psychology. Happiness can be a complicated subject to examine, but Moffic skillfully weaves together social science and faith. *I received this book for review*