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"Irwin Kula shows us how to to live our humanness — the pleasures and the challenges, the messiness and the triumphs — with a profound acceptance of our desires and foibles and a joy that can only come from understanding." --Deepak Chopra

"Yearning. After twenty-three years as a rabbi, I can think of no more defining human experience."

Life can be messy and imperfect. We're all looking for answers. And yet, as renowned rabbi Irwin Kula points out, the yearning for answers is no different now than it was in the times that gave rise to Moses, Buddha, and Jesus. Far from being a burden, however, these yearnings can themselves become a path to blessing, prompting questions and insights, resulting in new ways of being and believing. In this, his first book, Rabbi Kula takes us on an excursion into the depths of our desires, applying ancient Jewish tradition to seven of our most wonderful yearnings. Merging ancient wisdom with contemporary insights, Rabbi Kula shows how traditional practices can inform and enrich our own search for meaning. More importantly, he invites us to embrace the messiness and complexities of the human experience in order to fully embrace the endless and glorious project of life.

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Winner of the Books for a Better Life Award

Chosen as one of "The 10 Best Spiritual Books of 2006" by Spirituality and Health magazine

Rabbi Irwin Kula explores desire in spiritual life. Rather than leading us astray, our longings are gateways to self discovery. Our yearnings, once understood, can lead us to discover an expansive vision of God or a wider reality. And when we embrace even our most painful or taboo desires, we can love more deeply and live more fully.

The Biblical authors wrote about characters who, rather than leading perfect lives, actually struggled with their longings for success, love, sex, and happiness. Through interpreting those stories and other spiritual traditions, as well as exploring his own desires and those of regular people, Rabbi Kula shows that "The more we allow ourselves to unfold, the less likely we are to unravel. The more we dive into our desires, the more exquisite life becomes."

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Rabbi Kula asserts that the yearnings for answers to life can become a path to blessings, prompting questions and insights, resulting in new ways of being and believing.

About the Author

Rabbi Irwin Kula has appeared on Oprah and Frontline and serves as a consultant to corporate and family foundations, as well as to federations, synagogues, and agencies on issues of leadership and change. Fast Company has named Rabbi Kula as one of the new leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape and he has been featured in national publications such as the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.

Linda Loewenthal is a writer and literary agent and the founding director of One Spirit, the BOMC spiritual book club.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401301927
Author:
Kula, Irwin
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
With:
Loewenthal, Linda
Author:
Loewenthal, Linda
Author:
Kula, Rabbi Irwin
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Life
Subject:
Affirmations
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Spiritual
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Jewish way of life
Subject:
Spiritual life -- Judaism.
Subject:
Self-Help/Spiritual
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.63 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Books for a Better Life Award

Chosen as one of "The 10 Best Spiritual Books of 2006" by Spirituality and Health magazine

Rabbi Irwin Kula explores desire in spiritual life. Rather than leading us astray, our longings are gateways to self discovery. Our yearnings, once understood, can lead us to discover an expansive vision of God or a wider reality. And when we embrace even our most painful or taboo desires, we can love more deeply and live more fully.

The Biblical authors wrote about characters who, rather than leading perfect lives, actually struggled with their longings for success, love, sex, and happiness. Through interpreting those stories and other spiritual traditions, as well as exploring his own desires and those of regular people, Rabbi Kula shows that "The more we allow ourselves to unfold, the less likely we are to unravel. The more we dive into our desires, the more exquisite life becomes."
"Synopsis" by , Rabbi Kula asserts that the yearnings for answers to life can become a path to blessings, prompting questions and insights, resulting in new ways of being and believing.

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