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Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish Spirituality and Mysticism (Complete Idiot's Guide Series)

Paperback|Feb 2002
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I. OUT OF THE BIBLE. 1. Defining Jewish Mysticism and Spirituality. So Who's in Charge Here? Some Unifying Principles. Prophecy, Spirituality, and Mysticism. 2. The Bible: Judaism's Spirituality Sourcebook. What's Missing from the Bible? The Magic Ingredients. Just Like Us....


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I. OUT OF THE BIBLE. 1. Defining Jewish Mysticism and Spirituality. So Who's in Charge Here? Some Unifying Principles. Prophecy, Spirituality, and Mysticism. 2. The Bible: Judaism's Spirituality Sourcebook. What's Missing from the Bible? The Magic Ingredients. Just Like Us. In the Beginning. 3. Who Is God? Is There Somebody out There? God's First Mistakes, ErHumans. 4. Noah and the Flood. Noah, This Is Your Life! Beyond the Ark's Doors. 5. Lessons from Abraham. Leaving Home. Layered Is In. Sodom and Gomorrah. The One-Sentence Guide to Happy Marriages. II. FROM ISAAC TO SINAI. 6. The Son Also Rises. The Big Test. Bound to God. 7. Nobody's Perfect. Perfection Not Necessary. The Key to Rebecca. 8. The First National Bank of Pharaoh. Talk About Sibling Rivalry! Arrogance vs. Self-Confidence. The Jews' History Begins. 9. Spirituality Secrets of Sinai. Hitting the Road. 10. The Main Event. Follow Your Own Leader. III. BETWEEN GOD AND PEOPLE. 11. Making Contact. Too Jewish? Keep an Open Mind. Just in Time. 12. Like a Prayer. Prayer I: Spontaneous Prayer. Prayer II: Blessings. 13. God Loves to Hear from Strangers. Formal Prayer. Hear, O Israel. 14. Get Busy! On the Move. Learning and Practicing. Who's Got the Cliff's Notes? 15. The Mystical Nature of Human Character. Character Counts. IV. REVELATIONS. 16. Kabbalah: Spiritual Life at a Million Miles Per Hour. The Jewish Anomaly. Kabbalah and Creation. Recognizing Perfection. The Zohar. 17. The End of Time: The Messiah and the World to Come. The Afterlife. The Messiah. The Supreme Irony. 18. Guarding Your Tongue: The Spiritual Significance of Speech. Selective Perception. The Gamut of Lashon Hara. 19. Shechinah: The Presence of God. Use the Force. Is the Shechinah Feminine? V. SPIRITUAL SIDE NOTES. 20. Gematria: The Numbers Never Lie. It All Adds Up. The Gift. 21. Do Jews Believe in Angels? Are Angels Jewish? Who Exactly Are the Angels? 22. Reforming Judaism. Why Johnny Can't Daven. What About Conservative and Reconstructionist Judaism? 23. Hitting the Books. Give Yourself a Mitzvah. Set Your Own Table. Where Do I Go from Here? Whaddaya Know? 24. About the Sabbath. Six Days Shalt Thou Work. Work Is a Four-Letter Word. Enjoying the Sabbath. It's All Greek to Me. Reentering the Weekday World. 25. Holiday In's and Out's. America's Holy Days? The Month of Elul. Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur. Sukkot. At the Simchat Torah. Hanukah. Purim. Passover. Sefirat Haomer. Shavuot. The Fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz. Tisha B'Av. Tu B'Av. Rosh Chodesh Elul. 26. In the Land of Israel. A Word About Violence. Jerusalem, the Golden. Beyond Jerusalem's Borders. 27. Is Judaism Spiritual? A Moscow Sabbath. Judaism Today. VI. APPENDIXES. Appendix A. For Further Reading. Appendix B. Twenty Top Websites. Appendix C. Glossary. Index.
-Publisher

Yours"re no idiot, of course. You know Judaism predates Christianity and remains one of the worldrs"s most practiced religions. However, the ideals and ethics expressed in such texts as the Talmud and the Kabbalah may not seem as accessible as the stories of the Jews in the Bible, and yours"re intimidated at the thought of exploring these ancient texts. Discover their wisdom without learning Hebrew! The Complete Idiotrs"s Guidereg; to Jewish Spirituality and Mysticism will show you exactly where the spiritual side of Judaism originated. In this Complete Idiotrs"s Guidereg;, you get: -- The four goals of Jewish mystical thought: to understand ourselves on a deeper level; to understand the universe on a deeper level; to improve our character; and to understand the mind of God. --Life lessons found in the Biblical stories of Noah, Abraham, and Isaac. --The historical significance of the Exodus story and the role Moses played as a Jewish leader. --Important passages from the Bible and Talmud-fully explained.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 241006
  • Product Code 002864347X
  • EAN 9780028643472
  • Pages 336
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category Judaism
  • Publisher Alpha Books Usa
  • Publication Date Feb 2002
  • Dimensions 232 x 187 x 18mm
  • Weight 1.000kg

Michael Levin

Michael Levin, born 1943, is lecturer of History of Art & Architecture, Holon Academic Institute of Technology, Arts & Sciences, Faculty of Architecture, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, & Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Dept. of Industrial Design.

  • I. Out Of The Bible. 1. Defining Jewish Mysticism And Spirituality. So Who's In Charge Here? Some Unifying Principles. Prophecy, Spirituality, And Mysticism. 2. The Bible: Judaism's Spirituality Sourcebook. What's Missing From The Bible? The Magic Ingredients. Just Like Us. "in The Beginning!". 3. Who Is God? Is There Somebody Out There? God's First Mistakes, Er!humans. 4. Noah And The Flood. Noah, This Is Your Life! Beyond The Ark's Doors. 5. Lessons From Abraham. Leaving Home. Layered Is "in". Sodom And Gomorrah. The One-sentence Guide To Happy Marriages. Ii. From Isaac To Sinai. 6. The Son Also Rises. The Big Test. Bound To God. 7. Nobody's Perfect. Perfection Not Necessary. The Key To Rebecca. 8. The First National Bank Of Pharaoh. Talk About Sibling Rivalry! Arrogance Vs. Self-confidence. The Jews' History Begins. 9. Spirituality Secrets Of Sinai. Hitting The Road. 10. The Main Event. Follow Your Own Leader. Iii. Between God And People. 11. Making Contact. Too Jewish? Keep An Open Mind. Just In Time. 12. Like A Prayer. Prayer I: Spontaneous Prayer. Prayer Ii: Blessings. 13. God Loves To Hear From Strangers. Formal Prayer. Hear, O Israel. 14. Get Busy! On The Move. Learning And Practicing. Who's Got The Cliff's Notes? 15. The Mystical Nature Of Human Character. Character Counts. Iv. Revelations. 16. Kabbalah: Spiritual Life At A Million Miles Per Hour. The Jewish Anomaly. Kabbalah And Creation. Recognizing Perfection. The Zohar. 17. The End Of Time: The Messiah And The World To Come. The Afterlife. The Messiah. The Supreme Irony. 18. Guarding Your Tongue: The Spiritual Significance Of Speech. Selective Perception. The Gamut Of Lashon Hara. 19. Shechinah: The Presence Of God. Use The Force. Is The Shechinah Feminine? V. Spiritual Side Notes. 20. Gematria: The Numbers Never Lie. It All Adds Up. The Gift. 21. Do Jews Believe In Angels? Are Angels Jewish? Who Exactly Are The Angels? 22. Reforming Judaism. Why Johnny Can't Daven. What About Conservative And Reconstructionist Judaism? 23. Hitting The Books. Give Yourself A Mitzvah. Set Your Own Table. Where Do I Go From Here? Whaddaya Know? 24. About The Sabbath. Six Days Shalt Thou Work. Work Is A Four-letter Word. Enjoying The Sabbath. It's All Greek To Me. Reentering The Weekday World. 25. Holiday In's And Out's. America's Holy Days? The Month Of Elul. Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur. Sukkot. At The Simchat Torah. Hanukah. Purim. Passover. Sefirat Haomer. Shavuot. The Fast Of The Seventeenth Of Tammuz. Tisha B'av. Tu B'av. Rosh Chodesh Elul. 26. In The Land Of Israel. A Word About Violence. Jerusalem, The Golden. Beyond Jerusalem's Borders. 27. Is Judaism Spiritual? A Moscow Sabbath. Judaism Today. Vi. Appendixes. Appendix A. For Further Reading. Appendix B. Twenty Top Websites. Appendix C. Glossary. Index.

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