A Bold Path for Renewing an Ancient Faith
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1590307682
Gonzo Judaism is both a clarion call for a new Jewish agenda and a blueprint for an adventurous but genuine path toward spiritual growth and true religious wisdom. Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein, founder and Rabbi Emeritus of The New Shul in New York City, says that most conventional Jewish institutions are out-of-touch and have relied too much on nostalgia, guilt, and fear—none of which resonate with modern Jews. He challenges Jews to adopt the “gonzo” spirit—the rebellious, risk-taking attitude associated with the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson—and to take creative, innovative steps to reshape and revitalize contemporary Judaism. Goldstein urges readers to take a fresh look at Judaism, to become educated about its history and tradition, to find what feels spiritually meaningful, and to create a Jewish culture and community rooted in affirmation, joy, and celebration. He provides a wealth of information on organizations, institutions, synagogues, grassroots groups, and networks that can help get you started on the gonzo path. Gonzo Judaism was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the best religion books of 2006, and was also a finalist for a Quill Award in 2007.
A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking
Paperback ISBN: 0446670022
An exhilarating guide to Judaism examines the Sabbath and Jewish holidays, how Judaism offers what people need, how love of Israel makes people better Americans, and how to feel the extension of God by taking the ordinary and making it holy. Reissue.
The Essential Zohar
The Source of Kabbalistic Wisdom
Paperback ISBN: 0609807315
Provides a practical understanding and interpretation of the Zohar, the central kabbalistic text, examines its central teachings on evil, redemption, human relationships, wealth and poverty, death and the afterlife, and other fundamental concerns, and explains how to use the principles of Kabbalah to live in harmony with the divine. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 0268013144
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the work of Emmanuel Levinas, widely recognized as one of the most important yet difficult philosophers of the twentieth century. In this much-needed introduction, Davis unpacks the concepts at the center of Levinas's thought-alterity, the Other, the face, infinity-concepts which have previously presented readers with major problems of interpretation. Davis traces the development of Levinas's thought over six decades, describing the context in which he worked, and the impact of his writings. He argues that Levinas' work remains tied to the ontological tradition with which he wants to break, and demonstrates how his later writing tries to overcome this dependency by its increasingly disruptive, sometimes opaque, textual practice. He discusses Levinas
The December Project
An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery
Hardcover ISBN: 0062281747
Exploring the issue of mortality, a journalist and bestselling author met with Jewish Renewal leader and iconic rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi every Friday for two years to create strategies to deal with pain and memory loss and find tools to cultivate simplicity, fearlessness and joy at any age. 17,500 first printing.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism
Paperback ISBN: 073874591x
Jewish esotericism is the oldest and most influential continuous occult tradition in the West. Presenting lore that can spiritually enrich your life, this one-of-a-kind encyclopedia is devoted to the esoteric in Judaism—the miraculous and the mysterious. In this second edition, Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis has added over thirty new entries and significantly expanded over one hundred other entries, incorporating more knowledge and passages from primary sources. This comprehensive treasury of Jewish teachings, drawn from sources spanning Jewish scripture, the Talmud, the Midrash, the Kabbalah, and other esoteric branches of Judaism, is exhaustively researched yet easy to use. It includes over one thousand alphabetical entries, from Aaron to Zohar Chadesh, with extensive cross-references to related topics and new illustrations throughout. Drawn from the well of a great spiritual tradition, the secret wisdom within these pages will enlighten and empower you. Praise: “An erudite and lively compendium of Jewish magical beliefs, practices, texts, and individuals . . . This superb, comprehensive encyclopedia belongs in every serious library.
How Good Do We Have to Be?
A New Understanding of Guilt and Forgiveness
Hardcover ISBN: 0316507415
Drawing on his experiences as a congregational rabbi, the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People explores the destructive effects of perfectionism and self-righteousness, showing how acceptance and forgiveness can improve our relationships. Tour.
Journey Through Judaism
The Best of Keeping Posted
Paperback ISBN: 0807403113
A collection of readings selected to enhance the new directions of Reform Jewish education, covering such areas as "The Jew and the Law," "Of Jews and Languages," and "A Jew Congregates with Other Jews."