Taking Judaism Personally: Creating a Meaningful Spiritual Life
Many Jews have given up on standard Jewish observance. They find it inaccessible or unable to meet their spiritual needs. But the lively, concerned, and creative people in the vanguard of Jewish renewal have interpreted traditional Jewish sources with an innovative eye--forging new ways of practicing their religion. Petsonk tells the stories of these people.
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Petsonk has written an account of her spiritual odessey through the uniquely American "Havurah" Judaism that originated in the 1960s. Raised in a tepid Jewish reform environment, Petsonk sensed a deep spiritual pull while working as a young rookie reporter in Dayton, Ohio, and began her life-long association with experiential Judaism. Over the years, she became acquainted with most of the founders of the Havurah movement--Max Tichtin and Michael Waskow, among others--and provides exceptional insight into their charismatic leadership. She captures the fervor, passion, and sense of community of Havurah, as well as its ambiguities and lack of direction. The Havurah may be fading, since a new generation has not replaced the original leaders. Petsonk succeeds in encapsulating the spirit and style of a fascinating aspect of American Judaism.--Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
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Eh. A few interesting kernels, but too much feelgood new-agery for my sensibilities.
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