Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections

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Lawrence Fine, Eitan P. Fishbane, Or N. Rose
Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011 - Religion - 223 pages
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"The goal is not necessarily to reach the top, to get to heaven, but to continually ascend and descend, exploring the view from each step on the ladder.... Our epiphany bursts forth when we realize that there in no single privileged position from which to observe truth; all rungs of there ladder must be honored, must be inhabited, must be invited patiently to tell their story."---From Part Six

In this unique volume, some of Judaism's most insightful contemporary thinkers bring the words of sages past to bear on the present.

Organized thematically, each section focuses on how mysticism engages and complements the dimensions of religious life, including studying Torah, performing mitzvot and observing halakhah.

"An orchard of spiritual pomegranates, tended by some of today's most gifted jewish scholars. A delight to read."---Jay Michaelson, author, Everything Is God: the Radical Path of Nondual Judaism and God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness and Embodied Spiritual Practice

"Illuminates and probes deeply in multiple fields while speaking to engaged spiritual seekers and scholars, Studded with gems, often overflowing with learning and insights, All who want to grow spiritually, live more deeply, to both connect to tradition and renew it will find something to nurture their souls in this book."---Robbi Irving Greenberg, founding president, Jewish Life Network, founding president, CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
 

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Contents

of Connection
3
Seeking the Sacred Self
15
Yitro NeoHasidism and a New American Piety
22
Working with Obstacles
33
Who Am I to Go to Pharoah?
39
The Cry of Redemption
46
Rabbi Nahum of Chernobyl and Second Maturity
59
Taking in the Torah of the Timeless Present
67
Go Among People Who
112
The Service of Love
119
Reflections on Prayer and Community
129
Praying from the Depths
137
A Parable of Possibilities
145
Spiritual Wounds
152
Gods Teachers of Compassion
162
Crisis and Repair Trauma and Recovery
171

Chava Weissler
72
Eating as a Spiritual Ecosystem
78
Loving God with the Evil Impulse
86
A Better Way of Being in the World a Way of Compassion
93
An Ode of Human Redemption
103
Why Do We Need the Mitzvot?
192
A Prayer for the Dislocated
201
The Slonimer Rebbe
209
TeykuBecause Elijah Lives
217
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Lawrence Fine, Irene Kaplan Leiwant Professor of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke College, is author of Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and His Kabbalistic Fellowship, and other books.
Eitan Fishbane, assistant professor of Jewish thought at The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, is author of As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist.
Or N. Rose, associate dean at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, is coeditor of God in All Moments: Mystical & Practical Spiritual Wisdom From Hasidic Masters (Jewish Lights).

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