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Stepping Stones to Jewish Spiritual Living

Walking the Path Morning, Noon, and Night

Rabbi James L. Mirel and Karen Bonnell Werth

6 x 9, 240 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-074-2

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An innovative yet practical guide to greater mindfulness
that brings spirituality into our everyday lives—for any lifestyle.
“Judaism offers a rich tradition for the spiritual seeker: its spirituality infuses daily activities with holiness and purpose. While relating the spiritual journey to a typical day in your life, we will walk with you through brief sections that discuss Jewish thought and tradition. These are followed by sections that include methods, activities, devotions, and blessings to enrich your spiritual practice. Every page offers the reader another step, another area of focus, another perspective to bring the sacred into everyday life.”
  —from the Introduction
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.
Coauthored 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 kavanah (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 responsibility.
  • 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.
Includes special sections dealing with the sacred aspects of relationships, love and sexuality, mourning and loss, Kabbalah, and more. By transforming our days, Stepping Stones shows us how we can transform our lives to practice mindfulness all day, every day—and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Stepping Stones to Jewish Spiritual Living 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 of
Godwrestling—Round 2
“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
“Establishes ordinary daily life as a religious and spiritual journey, anchored by traditional and creative prayer. A unique gift is the artful inclusion of well-loved scripture.”
Sylvia Boorstein, author of That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist:
On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist
“An exquisite guide to Jewish mindfulness.”  
Lawrence Kushner, author of Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary and other books
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.


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