The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path is the sixth book by Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson. Its message is a countercultural one: that sadness and joy can coexist, and that there is a great beauty to the vicissitudes of light and darkness that are inevitable parts of human life. By learning to make space for and even love these difficult emotions, they become like two notes of a minor chord — a song that is both beautiful and wise. With his blend of erudition and accessibility, Rabbi Michaelson weaves together Hasidic tales and Dharma teachings, Leonard Cohen and Langston Hughes. The Gate of Tears draws on Rabbi Michaelson’s fifteen years as a student and teacher of Jewish meditation, the recent passing of his mother, and the peace he has discovered along the way.
The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path
- From the Publisher
May 19, 2015
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