Jew­ish With Feel­ing: A Guide to Mean­ing­ful Jew­ish Practice

Zal­man Schachter-Shalo­mi; Joel Segel
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By – August 16, 2012
Fans of Rab­bi Schachter-Shalo­mi won’t be dis­ap­point­ed by this high­ly read­able and prac­ti­cal guide to find­ing spir­i­tu­al ful­fill­ment in a mod­ern world. Schol­ar, mys­tic, teacher, friend to spir­i­tu­al teach­ers from Thomas Mer­ton to the Dalai Lama, from Ram Dass to Native Amer­i­can elders, Schachter-Shalo­mi likens each Jew to a cell in the vital Jew­ish organ with­in the body of the world. He touch­es on this and oth­er beau­ti­ful metaphors while writ­ing about time, God, rit­u­al, mitz­vah, prayer and oth­er top­ics. Divid­ed into two parts, The Torah of Today” and The Torah of Tomor­row,” the chap­ters explain the mean­ing of Jew­ish tra­di­tions and offer obvi­ous and unex­pect­ed ways of fus­ing them to your lifestyle. Schachter-Shalo­mi fled Nazioc­cu­pied Vien­na in 1947 and was edu­cat­ed by Has­sidic mas­ters. A pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Tem­ple Uni­ver­si­ty, he cur­rent­ly lives in Col­orado and teach­es at Naropa Uni­ver­si­ty. He was named one of the 50 most inno­v­a­tive Amer­i­cans over 50 by Mod­ern Matu­ri­ty mag­a­zine and is con­sid­ered the great sage of the Jew­ish renew­al move­ment. Co-author and for­mer edi­tor Joel Segel lived and stud­ied in Israel for 17 years. Gloss.
Robin K. Levin­son is an award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and author of a dozen books, includ­ing the Gali Girls series of Jew­ish his­tor­i­cal fic­tion for chil­dren. She cur­rent­ly works as an assess­ment spe­cial­ist for a glob­al edu­ca­tion­al test­ing orga­ni­za­tion. She lives in Hamil­ton, NJ.

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