Crav­ing the Divine: A Spir­i­tu­al Guide for Today’s Perplexed

Niles Elliot Goldstein
  • Review
By – March 5, 2012
Niles Gold­stein has emerged in recent years as one of the most artic­u­late spokesper­sons for think­ing out­side the box” about Judaism and about syn­a­gogue and com­mu­ni­ty life. His lat­est book, Crav­ing the Divine, is a thought­ful work, in which the author brings great wis­dom to many of life’s chal­lenges. Emo­tions such as lone­li­ness and anger, as well as expe­ri­ences of yearn­ing and deter­mi­na­tion, are among the issues we all con­front at var­i­ous points in our lives. Rab­bi Goldstein’s con­tri­bu­tion is to bring a wealth of insights — from Jew­ish texts, from gen­er­al lit­er­a­ture and from his own expe­ri­ences — to address these chal­lenges. The book is writ­ten in a poet­ic style that makes it dif­fi­cult to put down. It is a wor­thy addi­tion to one’s library, and one that can be tak­en off the shelf time and time again as we go through our own expe­ri­ences and searches.
Rab­bi Arnold D. Sam­lan is a Jew­ish edu­ca­tor and rab­bi liv­ing in Mia­mi, Flori­da. He serves as exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Orloff Cen­tral Agency for Jew­ish Edu­ca­tion of Broward County.

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