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First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit

Reb Zalman's Guide to Recapturing the Intimacy & Ecstasy in Your Relationship with God

Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi (z"l) with Donald Gropman

6 x 9, 144 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-182-4

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A personal guide to the life-giving treasures of the Jewish spiritual tradition.
The classic born-again experience is a sudden, discontinuous event. For a person growing with God in daily practice, there is likely to be less drama. The experience will be more gentle, natural, and easier on your immediate family…. If you stay with this work, you have every reason to trust the adage, “When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears.”
—from First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit
This extraordinary spiritual handbook is a compassionate call to reconnect with your spiritual roots and nourish your relationship with God. Breaking free from ways of Jewish worship that no longer inspire, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi—one of the most important Jewish spiritual teachers since Abraham Joshua Heschel—guides you through practical exercises for enriching the most important aspects of everyday life—physical health, work, marriage, family, prayer—and empowers you with contemporary ways to satisfy your modern spiritual hunger.
Whether refreshing your soul with a midday mini-Sabbath or improving your relationships by refining your awareness, Reb Zalman will introduce you to new models of practicing Judaism. In doing so, he will challenge you to embrace your faith as both spiritually and emotionally enriching, and will awaken you to innovative, inspiring ways for leading a meaningful Jewish life.
“This is a book of courage. Zalman understands the heart of his reader.”
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, California
“What he has to say about work, marriage, divorce, the pace of life in our modern world, and how to cope with a myriad of problems we human beings face addresses all of humankind.”
Joshu Sasaki Roshi
“Full of wisdom and insight  A classic by a courageous, beloved rebbe who speaks to mind and heart. Reb Zalman brings the fruits of his expansive spirit and seeking soul to the adventure of Jewish renewal. Here is a lovingly guided tour of Jewish life and practice that shines with wisdom, wit, and deep relevance for all of us who yearn for lives flowing with passion and purpose.”
Rabbi Marcia Prager, author, The Path of Blessing:
Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine
Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, the inspiration of the Jewish Renewal movement, is widely recognized as one of the most important Jewish spiritual teachers of our time. Professor emeritus at Temple University, Reb Zalman is also on the faculty of religious studies at Naropa University, and is the author of From Age-ing to Sage-ing and Wrapped in Holy Flame.
Donald Gropman has published several books and numerous articles and short stories.


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