100 BLESSINGS EVERY DAY Daily Twelve Step Recovery Affirmations, Exercises for Personal Growth and Renewal Reflecting Seasons of the Jewish Year Dr Kerr Olitzky
Using a one-day-at-a-time monthly format, a spiritual leader who continues to reach out to addicted people, and all those seeking spiritual renewal, reflects on the rhythm of the Jewish calendar with recovering people and other teachers. Together they bring insight to recovery from addictions and compulsive behaviors of all kinds. This sensitive volume soars with the spirit of the Jewish soul and year. Its “exercises” help us move from thinking to doing.
6 JEWISH SPIRITUAL PATHS A Rationalist Looks at Spirituality Rabbi Rifat Sonsino
There is not one correct way to Jewish spirituality; life just isn't that simple. Spiritual expression takes many forms which often leads us to ask Where do I begin to find the right path for me? In this practical guide Rabbi Rifat Sonsino-a self-proclaimed rationalist-shows six paths to spirituality within the framework of Judaism and how each can help us in our quest to nourish the soul and enlighten the mind: · Acts of Transcendence · Study · Prayer · Meditation · Ritual · Relationship and Good Deeds For each path Rabbi Sonsino explains its basis within Jewish tradition and how you can follow it. By discussing alternative approaches to Jewish spirituality in such a straightforward manner he provides solid ground from which we can find the spiritual path or combination of paths that is best for our own personal journey.
7TH HEAVEN* Celebrating Shabbat with Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Moshe Mykoff
People from all walks of life are discovering the benefits of Shabbat observance as a way to reconnect with family and friends to recharge physically and emotionally. Yet there is a fundamental dimension of Shabbat that relates to the inherent holiness God intended for that day the spiritual energy that leads us to the wholeness and harmony that only the seventh day can generate. Based on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and his foremost disciple Reb Nosan 7TH HEAVEN explores the art of consciously observing Shabbat and understanding in-depth many of the day's traditional spiritual practices. It offers deeper meaning and purpose into a broad range of Shabbat observances and seeks to show how each law or custom fits within the comprehensive scheme of the Shabbat mosaic. Each section examines 1 of 5 times frames of Shabbat: * On the Way In * The Night * The Morning *The Afternoon * On the Way Out
ABRAHAMS BIND HB* & Other Bible Tales of Trickery Folly mercy and Love Michael Caduto
With insight thoughtfulness and wit these provocative and entertaining re-imaginings of stories from the Bible highlight the ways God can work for and through us even today: · Barren and despairing Sarah becomes pregnant - learning that nothing is impossible. · Jacob the trickster is in turn tricked into marrying the wrong wife - learning that what goes around comes around. · Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers only to rise to wield power of life and death over them - learning that patience and integrity will win out in the end. Through multifaceted characters original stories and vivid natural imagery Caduto brings this ancient world to life. He immerses you in a richly-textured experience of another time and place. Within these pages you will come to see these familiar tales through new eyes.
ADVENTURES OF RABBI HARVEY A Graphic Novel Of Jewish Wisdom And Wit In The Wild West Steve Sheinkin
After finishing school in New York Rabbi Harvey travelled west in search of adventure and hopefully work as a rabbi. His journey took him to Elk Spring Colorado a small town in the Rocky Mountains. When he managed to outwit the ruthless gang that had been ruling Elk Spring the people invited Harvey to stay on as the town's rabbi. In Harvey's adventures in Elk Spring he settles disputes tricks criminals into confessing and offers unsolicited bits of Talmudic insight and Hasidic wisdom. Each story presents Harvey with a unique challenge - from convincing a child that he is not actually a chicken to retrieving stolen money from a sweet-faced lady gone bad. Like any good collection of Jewish folktales these stories contain layers of humour and timeless wisdom that will entertain teach and especially make you laugh.
ALEPH-BET YOGA Embodying the Hebrew Letters for Physical and Spiritual Well-being Steven A Rapp
Combine the ancient practice of hatha yoga with the shapes and mystical meanings of the Hebrew letters to enhance your physical health and deepen your spiritual life. Can yoga be Jewish? Yes! By blending traditional hatha yoga postures and the forms of the Hebrew aleph-bet yoga teacher Steven Rapp shows how you can use this ancient health practice to deepen your Jewish spirituality. ALEPH-BET YOGA shows us how to: · Integrate the meaning of each Hebrew letter with the common name of the corresponding hatha yoga pose. · Connect all twenty-seven Hebrew letters with hatha yoga poses that correspond to the shapes of the letters. · Weave together the meaning of each Hebrew letter with the Sanskrit word for the yoga pose and a biblical phrase in meditation. As we move our bodies through the Hebrew aleph-bet turning toward the inner meaning of the letters we can tap into the deep connections between our body mind and spirit. Drawing on the sacred texts and mystical writings of Judaism combined with the insights of yoga teacher Steven Rapp ALEPH-BET YOGA is an East-meets-West experience for our whole selves.
ALL THESE VOWS Kol Nidre Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Through a series of lively commentaries, over thirty contributors—men and women, scholars and rabbis, artists and poets, spanning three continents and all major Jewish denominations—examine Kol Nidre's theology, usage, and deeply personal impact. They trace the actual history of the prayer and attempts through the ages to emend it, downplay it and even do away with it—all in vain. They explore why Kol Nidre remains an annual liturgical highlight that is regularly attended even by Jews who disbelieve everything the prayer says.
ANCIENT SECRETS Using the Stories of the Bible to Improve Our Everyday Lives Rabbi Meier
Drawing on a broad range of Jewish wisdom writings, distinguished rabbi and psychologist Levi Meier takes a thoughtful, wise and fresh approach to showing us how to apply the stories of the Bible to our everyday lives and let them work their inspirational magic. The courage of Abraham, who left his early life behind and chose a new, more difficult and more rewarding path; the ability of Joseph to forgive his brothers—the quests and conflicts of the Bible are still relevant, and still have the power to inform and change our lives.
ART OF AMAZEMENT Judaisms Forgotten Spirituality Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld
Have you ever stopped to look at a breathtaking sunset and felt tremendous joy calmness or even timelessness? Has your entire body ever responded to something with awe? THE ART OF AMAZEMENT helps us to identify the source of that wonder and to cultivate it and experience it daily - even hourly and minute by minute. Rabbi Seinfeld's powerful book outlines the ancient Jewish spiritual arts in clear terms for any spiritual seeker. THE ART OF AMAZEMENT is practical and accessible to anyone and does not demand a radical lifestyle change. Each chapter in the book offers a lesson paired with exercises to help make small changes in routine to ultimately achieve a larger shift in perspective. Judaism is a profound and complex spirituality. Now THE ART OF AMAZEMENT brings this wisdom within reach of us all and we can learn how to take joy and pleasure in even the smallest of everyday occurrences.
ART OF PUBLIC PRAYER Not For Clergy Only Lawrence Hoffman
All too often, those who attend church or synagogue find themselves bored or baffled by the service. Their predominant thought is how slowly the time ticks by—and that the service never seems to end. Written for laypeople and clergy of any denomination, The Art of Public Prayer examines how and why religious ritual works—and why it often doesn't work. The Art of Public Prayer uses psychology, social science, theology and common sense to explain the key roles played by ritual, symbolism, liturgy and song in services. Each chapter features "conversation points" designed to get you and your faith community thinking and talking about your own worship patterns—where they succeed, and where they need improvement. The Art of Public Prayer can help you and your fellow congregants revitalize your worship service by allowing you to organize and direct your own worship, making it a meaningful and fulfilling part of your life.
ATTACK ON CHRISTIANITY The Misrepresentation of History and the Sources of Anti-Semitism Andrew J. Hurley
Andrew J. Hurley examines history from Babylon to Berlin and the writings of mainstream Jewish scholars to reassess the common belief that Christianity and its supposed doctrine of 'deicide' are the sources of anti-Semitism. His surprising discovery is that this cannot be true. Anti-Semitism existed centuries before the birth of Christ. Even in the Christian era many of the most strident anti-Semites have not been Christians. In fact defenders of Jewish rights have held the highest positions in Church and state hierarchies. If this is so what are the real sources of anti-Semitism? Hurley cites first-hand accounts and histories - ancient and modern - to examine the relations between Jews Christians and other gentiles. What he finds is a pattern of human xenophobia that transcends race creed and time - and to which not even Jews have been immune. Hurley's evaluation of historic anti-Semitism will surprise some and outrage others. Mr. Hurley says that unless we identify the true sources of anti-Semitism they will continue to plague us - as they have since the days of Abraham.
AWAKENING THE SPIRIT INSPIRING THE SOUL HB 30 Stories of Interspiritual Discovery Brother Wayne Teasdale and Martha Howard
This fascinating array of thirty original spiritual mini-autobiographies showcases the varied ways that people come to faith in today's multi-religious world. Examining their own journeys from belief to disillusionment and from searching to discovery contributors from many faiths ages and backgrounds tell the stories of how they learned to integrate the life of the Spirit into their daily lives and the remarkable transformations that followed. From South Africa to India Chicago to San Francisco and many places in between AWAKENING THE SPIRIT INSPIRING THE SOUL is the first international collection of its kind. It takes readers on a trip through the spiritual lives of Buddhists Hindus Christians Muslims Jews and people who are searching to find their spiritual identity. Wayne Teasdale is a lay monk. Martha Howard is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine which she has practiced since 1982. She is medical director of Wellness Associates of Chicago. A practicing Buddhist she is a producing partner of a documentary film in development Journey to Peace.
BAR BAT MITZVAH MEMORY BOOK An Album for Treasuring the Spiritual Celebration Jeffrey Salkin & Nina Salkin
This hands-on album-updated and expanded for this second edition-is designed to help everyone involved better participate in creating the spiritual meaning of this joyful rite of passage. Created by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin author of the award-winning classic Putting God on the Guest List and his wife author Nina Salkin this guided album is a wonderfully interactive way to remember important moments and details. Included are special sections to record your family's history; the hopes wishes and memories of influential people in the bar/bat mitzvah's life; mitzvot performed; contributions to tzedakot and more. With ample space for writing reflecting and pasting mementos this spiritual keepsake gives young people a place to treasure their special experiences and encourages them to prepare for spiritual life as Jewish adults.
BAR/BAT MITZVAH BASICS A practical Family Guide to Comig of Age Together Cantor Leneman
A practical guide that gives parents and teens the "how-to" information they need to navigate the bar/bat mitzvah process and grow as a family through this experience. For the first time in one book, everyone directly involved offers practical insights into how the process can be made easier and more enjoyable for all. Rabbis, cantors and Jewish educators from the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements, parents, and even teens speak from their own experience. • What’s it all about? • Preparation for Parent and Child • Tutoring, stress, expectations, enjoyment, planning for children with special needs. • Negotiating the ceremony and celebration • Designing a creative service, heightening the spiritual exercise, special issues related to divorced and interfaith families, planning a party that neither breaks the bank nor detracts from the inherent spirituality of the event.
BECOMING A CONGREGATION OF LEARNERS* Learning as a Key to Revitalising Congregational Life Isa Aron
Improving spiritual connection in our communities takes work! Combining expert advice and experience garnered from congregations throughout North America, Becoming a Congregation of Learners shows us how transformative change is possible. A complete resource full of ideas, information and support, this is a guide for those of us involved in, or interested in, energizing our spiritual communities.
Isa Aron, director of Hebrew Union College’s Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE), offers concrete, practical information on how to bring about change and revitalization, and helps us make learning a vibrant, integral part of congregational life.
BOOK OF JEWISH SACRED PRACTICES CLAL's Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals & Blessings Jewish National Center for Learning and Leadership
Many of us are aware that Judaism offers ways to mark major life events such as birth the Sabbath and death. What many of us don't realise is that a Jewish spiritual life can include more day-to-day events in our lives from seemingly mundane tasks like organizing an office or working in the garden to the more profound such as helping those less fortunate or hoping to have a child. Offering a meditation a blessing a profound Jewish teaching and a ritual for more than one hundred diverse everyday events and holidays this guide includes sacred practices for: · Lighting Shabbat candles · Blessing your parents · Running a marathon · Visiting the sick · Building a sukkah · Seeing natural wonders · Moving into a new home · Saying goodbye to a beloved pet · Making a shiva call · Traveling...and much more Decades of experience by CLAL-The National Jewish Centre for Learning and Leadership in connecting spirituality with daily life come together in this one easy-to-use comprehensive handbook. In these pages you have access to teachings that can help to sanctify almost any moment in your day.
BOOK OF LETTERS HB A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet Lawrence Kushner
In calligraphy by the author. Folktales about and exploration of the mystical meanings of the Hebrew Alphabet. Open the old prayerbook-like pages of The Book of Letters and you will enter a special world of sacred tradition and religious feeling.
More than just symbols, all twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet overflow with meanings and personalities of their own. Rabbi Kushner draws from ancient Judaic sources, weaving Talmudic commentary, Hasidic folktales, and Kabbalistic mysteries around the letters.
BOOK OF LIFE Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice Michael Strassfeld
For all the cycles of life best-selling author Rabbi Michael Strassfeld presents traditional Jewish teachings as a guide to behaviour 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.