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Jewish Spiritual Direction

An Innovative Guide from Traditional & Contemporary Sources

Edited by Rabbi Howard A. Addison and Barbara Eve Breitman, MSW

6 x 9, 368 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-58023-230-2

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The first comprehensive resource for spiritual direction in the Jewish tradition—
a vital resource for people involved in spiritual leadership.
The essential reference for people who are called to help others listen for God’s voice—not only through prayer and sacred texts, but also through dance, art and interactions with other people—this groundbreaking volume draws on both Jewish tradition and the classical foundations of spiritual direction to provide invaluable guidance.
Offering insight into all aspects of spiritual direction, including theology, practice, companionship, group work and embodied spirituality, the contributors to this guide are innovators in their fields and represent all four contemporary Jewish movements. Topics explored include:
Jewish Theologies and Jewish Spiritual Direction • The Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Direction • Spiritual Direction as a Contemplative Practice • Contemplation and Social Action • Cultivating a Hearing Heart • Spiritual Types • Community for Spiritual Direction • Spiritual Direction and the Cycle of Holy Time • Spiritual Companionship and the Passages of Life • Jewish Spiritual Direction and the Sacred Body • Integrating Spiritual Direction and Visual Creativity • and many more …
An exciting and practical addition to an emerging field, this is the definitive guide for all who accompany Jewish seekers on their spiritual journeys.
“A work of intelligence, depth and enduring worth [that is] long overdue.”
Rabbi Martin S. Cohen, editor of Conservative Judaism magazine
“Adds fresh, new understandings of spiritual guidance to long-treasured Jewish traditions of seeking the face of God. Sit with it. Ponder it. Let it lead you to prayer.”
Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, PhD, founding member, Spiritual Directors International
“Admirably creates a vocabulary and conceptual framework for this emerging field. Masterfully mines Jewish tradition to ground spiritual direction in Jewish theology, text and practice. An invaluable companion to those who companion others on their spiritual journeys.”
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, editor of Jewish Pastoral Care, 2nd Edition: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources
“A treasure trove.… Will inspire its readers to new levels of Jewish spiritual engagement and activism.”
Rabbi David Teutsch, author of Spiritual Community:
The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy
“An epochmaking event. This is not just Christian spiritual direction with a Jewish patina; it is fully and organically Jewish.”
Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, DHL, author of Spiritual Intimacy
“Deep, thoughtful and varied.... An extraordinary collection of pioneering works that maps the latest thinking in this important, emerging field of Jewish spiritual life.”
Rabbi Nancy Flam, codirector of programs, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Barbara Eve Breitman, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, teacher and writer. She has been at the forefront of the contemporary field of Jewish spiritual direction. The first Jewish member of the Coordinating Council of Spiritual Directors International, she trains spiritual directors and teaches pastoral counseling at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. With Addison, she is cofounder of Lev Shomea, the first institute to train spiritual directors in the Jewish tradition.


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