Changing the World from the Inside Out
A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change
Paperback ISBN: 1611803357
An inspiring and accessible guide, drawn from Jewish wisdom, for building the inner qualities necessary to work effectively for social justice. The world needs changing—and you’re just the person to do it! It’s a matter of cultivating the inner resources you already have. If you are serious about working for social justice and change, this book will help you bring your most compassionate, wise, and courageous self to the job. Bringing positive social change to any system takes deep self-awareness, caring, determination, and long-term commitment. But polarization, the slow pace of change, and internal conflicts among activists and organizations often leads to burnout and discouragement among the very people needed to make a difference. Changing the World from the Inside Out distills centuries of Jewish wisdom about cultivating and refining the inner life into an accessible program for building the qualities necessary to accomplish sustainable change. Through explorations of deep motivation, inner-drive, and traits like trust and anger, this book engages the reader in a journey of self-development and transformation, demonstrating that sustainable activism is indeed a spiritual practice. Jaffe offers accessible and meaningful guidance for this journey—with exercises, contemplations, and discussion points that can be used individually or in a group.
The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant
The Discovery of the Treasure of Solomon
Paperback ISBN: 1591430399
Offers compelling evidence that the Knights Templar may have taken the Ark of the Covenant to the British Isles â€¢ Presents scientific evidence affirming the powers attributed to the Ark â€¢ Traces the Ark and the Stones of Fire from Jerusalem to Jordan and finally to central England, where the Knights Templar hid them in the 14th century According to legend the Ark of the Covenant was an ornate golden chest that was both a means of communicating with God and a terrible weapon used against the enemies of the ancient Israelites. In order to use it the high priest had to wear a breastplate containing twelve sacred gemstones called the Stones of Fire. These objects were kept in the Great Temple of Jerusalem until they vanished following the Babylonian invasion in 597 B.C.E. At the ancient ruins of Petra in southern Jordan, Graham Phillips uncovered evidence that 13th-century Templars found the Ark and the Stones of Fire, and that they brought these treasures back to central England when they fled the persecution of French king Philip the Fair a century later. The author followed ciphered messages left by the Templars in church paintings, inscriptions, and stained glass windows to what may well be three of the Stones of Fire. When examined by Oxford University scientists these stones were found to possess odd physical properties that interfered with electronic equipment and produced a sphere of floating light similar to ball lightning. The Bible asserts that the Ark had the power to destroy armies and bring down the walls of cities. Now Graham Phillips provides scientific evidence that these claims may be true and offers compelling documentation that the Ark may be located in the English countryside, not far from the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon.
Paperback ISBN: 0374529752
Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God's creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication-and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life. In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an "architecture of holiness" that appears not in space but in time Judaism, he argues, is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that "the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals."
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.
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.