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The Resource A book of life : embracing Judaism as a spiritual practice, Michael Strassfeld

A book of life : embracing Judaism as a spiritual practice, Michael Strassfeld

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A book of life : embracing Judaism as a spiritual practice
Title
A book of life
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embracing Judaism as a spiritual practice
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Michael Strassfeld
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Language
eng
Review
/* Starred Review */ The author of this outstanding book is the rabbi of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, the New York synagogue where Mordecai Kaplan started the Reconstructionist movement in 1922. He is also one of the authors of The Jewish Catalog , the bestselling handbook for Jewish practices, first published nearly 20 years ago. This follow-up is a far more sophisticated and comprehensive guide that adds meditation to traditional Jewish rituals. As he explores his thesis that "Judaism is meant to be a spiritual discipline," Strassfeld displays his considerable erudition by providing explanations based on Talmudic and Midrashic texts as well as Hasidic and mystical stories. Appropriately, the book opens with Jewish behavior prescribed for the beginning of the day and continues with prayers for the rest of the day, along with proposed meditations. After a thorough discussion of Shabbat rituals (to which Strassfeld suggests adding an environmental orientation), he analyzes Torah study, prayer and deeds of loving-kindness—the three pillars on which the world rests, according to Judaism. This is followed by a detailed survey of Jewish holidays in which Strassfeld acknowledges differences among the Jewish denominations, as he spells out the customs and processes associated with each festival. He offers an ingenious and global examination of the life cycle, placing it in the context of the five books of Moses. Strassfeld writes clearly, making complicated matters comprehensible. This valuable book needs to be read and reread by all Jews, and by non-Jews who want to understand their Jewish neighbors. (Sept. 4) --Staff (Reviewed July 22, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 29, p172)
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Strassfeld, Michael
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Jewish way of life
  • Spiritual life
  • Judaism
  • Fasts and feasts
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embracing Judaism as a spiritual practice
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A book of life : embracing Judaism as a spiritual practice, Michael Strassfeld
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volume
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435421
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 508 pages
Isbn
9780805241242
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2002070748
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780805241242
  • (Sirsi) ADH-3480
Label
A book of life : embracing Judaism as a spiritual practice, Michael Strassfeld
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
435421
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 508 pages
Isbn
9780805241242
Lccn
2002070748
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805241242
  • (Sirsi) ADH-3480

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