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A Book of Life

Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice

Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

6 x 9, 544 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-247-0

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A book that charts a clear path to a more spiritually rich practice of Judaism-from
the coauthor of the best-selling Jewish Catalogs.
For all the cycles of life, best-selling author Rabbi Michael Strassfeld presents traditional Jewish teachings as a guide to behavior and values. Where the tradition is replete with rituals (for example, the Sabbath), he describes them and shows how they can enrich spiritual living. Where rituals are sparse or nonexistent (for example, returning home at the end of the workday), he suggests new ones gleaned from his own study and experience.
Strassfeld also brings the principles of “insight meditation” to Jewish life, using this practice to recover and reconstruct Judaism’s spiritual dimension. He describes a Judaism that encourages within us a spiritual awareness as we participate in both traditional Jewish practices and the mundane activities of daily life. By engaging with Jewish tradition in ways that recapture its original kavanah, or intention, we will, Strassfeld maintains, achieve the two fundamental goals of Judaism-to become better human beings and to be in God’s presence. (Hardcover published in 2002 by Schocken Books, ISBN 0-8052-4124-8.)
“Outstanding.... Strassfeld writes clearly, making complicated matters comprehensible. This valuable book needs to be read and reread by all Jews, and by non-Jews who want to understand their Jewish neighbors.”
Publishers Weekly
“An invaluable study of Jewish law and rituals.”
—American Library Association’s Booklist
Michael Strassfeld, coauthor of the three volumes of The Jewish Catalog and of A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah and author of The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary, is the rabbi of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a synagogue in Manhattan.

 

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