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Six Jewish Spiritual Paths

A Rationalist Looks at Spirituality

Rabbi Rifat Sonsino

6 x 9, 208 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-167-1

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The quest for spirituality is universal, but with so many paths of spiritual nourishment to explore, how do we begin to find the one that is right for us?
“Our tradition provides us with appropriate vehicles to express our spirituality within the framework of Judaism. Jewish sages, taking into account the need and makeup of the individual Jew, have been very generous in outlining for us various alternatives…. As you become aware of your emotional and intellectual needs, and search for an appropriate path to meet them with integrity, you will soon realize that you have a preference for certain paths among the many.”  
—from Chapter 9
Rabbi Rifat Sonsino—a self-proclaimed rationalist—offers a candid, comprehensive discussion of the major paths to spirituality within the framework of Judaism, and the differing way each path can help us on our quest to nourish the soul and enlighten the mind.
Acts of transcendence, prayer, meditation, study, ritual, relationship and good deeds…which is the best path for you? How can you follow it?
“Expands our understanding of spirituality and reclaims it as a Jewish way of finding God.”
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“A great place for a seeker to begin Put this in the hands of anyone who wants to set out on the Jewish Journey”
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, vice-president, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association; author of Parenting as a Spritual Journey
“Compassionate…well written…comprehensive. Your soul and your spirit will reach new heights.”
Rabbi Levi Meier, Ph.D., chaplain, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; author of
Ancient Secrets: Using the Stories of the Bible to improve Our Everyday Lives
“A major contribution…Rabbi Sonsino’s rigorous definitions cut through the fuzziness that so frequently clouds the discussion of spirituality.”
Dr. Neil Gillman, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America;
author of
The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism
“A comprehensive and fascinating study of the many paths toward spiritual expression.”
Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, author of Our Dance with God: Finding Prayer, Perspective, and Meaning in the Stories of Our Lives and God Whispers: Stories of the Soul, Lessons of the Heart
“A thoughtful reflection on one of the more interesting and unusual Jewish journeys of our time.”
Rabbi Arthur Green, Brandeis University; author of Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow and These Are the Words: A Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Life
Rifat Sonsino, scholar and rabbi, is spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Massachusetts. Ordained at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, he holds a degree in law and a Ph.D. in Bible and ancient Near Eastern studies. He has served as editor of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Journal and is the co-author of Finding God—Ten Jewish Responses and What Happens after I Die? Jewish Views of Life after Death. He and his wife, Ines, have two children—Daniel and Deborah—and are the proud grandparents of Ariella.

 

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