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Climbing Jacob's Ladder: One Man's Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition

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Jewish by birth, though from a secular family, Alan Morinis explored Hinduism and Buddhism as a young man. But in 1997, in the face of personal crisis, he turned to his Jewish heritage for guidance. In his reading he happened upon a Jewish spiritual tradition called Mussar. Gradually he realized that he had stumbled upon an insightful discipline for self-development, complete with meditative, contemplative, and other well-developed transformative practices designed to penetrate the deepest roots of the inner life.

Eventually reaching the limits of what he could learn on his own, he decided to seek out a Mussar teacher. This was not an easy task, since almost the entire world of the Mussar tradition had been wiped out in the Holocaust. In time, he found an accomplished master who stood in an unbroken line of transmission of the Mussar tradition, and who lived in the center of a community of Orthodox Jews on Long Island. This book tells the story of Morinis’s journey to meet his teacher and what he learned from him, revealing the central teachings and practices that are the spiritual treasury and legacy of Mussar.

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The rejuvenating life story of a film producer on the brink of a midlife crisis and the colorful rabbi who helped him heal his soul by leading him along the enlightening path of Musar.

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Alan Morinis completed his doctorate at Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. A producer of award-winning television and film, he has been a student of the Mussar tradition since 1997, studying under Rabbi Yechiel Yitzchok Perr. Alan is the founder and director of the Mussar Institute (www.mussarinstitute.org), an organization that promotes the study of Mussar through study groups, courses, and public talks. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and two daughters.

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KIER8, June 4, 2008 (view all comments by KIER8)
This facinating book could be subtitled "From Hinduism and Buddhism to Judaism". A Rhodes scholar in anthropology, his doctorate was published by Oxford University Press. Here Dr. Morinis movingly writes about his path to the spiritual and meditative Jewish tradition of mussar.
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ISBN:
9781590303665
Author:
Morinis, Alan
Publisher:
Trumpeter
Author:
Morinis, E. Alan
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Judaism - Orthodox
Subject:
Jewish ethics
Subject:
Spiritual life -- Judaism.
Subject:
Judaism - General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.38x5.52x.64 in. .61 lbs.

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