Synopses & Reviews
A personal guide to the life-giving treasures of the Jewish spiritual tradition. The classic born-again experience is a sudden, discontinuous event. For a person growing with God in daily practice, there is likely to be less drama. The experience will be more gentle, natural, and easier on your immediate family.... If you stay with this work, you have every reason to trust the adage, When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears. -from First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit This extraordinary spiritual handbook is a compassionate call to reconnect with your spiritual roots and nourish your relationship with God. Breaking free from ways of Jewish worship that no longer inspire, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi-one of the most important Jewish spiritual teachers since Abraham Joshua Heschel-guides you through practical exercises for enriching the most important aspects of everyday life-physical health, work, marriage, family, prayer-and empowers you with contemporary ways to satisfy your modern spiritual hunger. Whether refreshing your soul with a midday mini-Sabbath or improving your relationships by refining your awareness, Reb Zalman will introduce you to new models of practicing Judaism. In doing so, he will challenge you to embrace your faith as both spiritually and emotionally enriching, and will awaken you to innovative, inspiring ways for leading a meaningful Jewish life.
Focusing on practice rather than theory, it challenges us to embrace our faith as a concept of work both spiritually and emotionally nourishing offering rituals and actions to help us lead a more meaningful Jewish way of life.
Now, more than ever, people of all backgrounds are on a quest to express their spiritual stirrings and for practical ways to incorporate the Divine into modern life. "The First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit" is an extraordinary handbook that restores psychic and physical vigor by introducing readers to new models and alternative ways of practicing Judaism.