Synopses & Reviews
Spiritual Judaism is for seekers who wish to rediscover the spiritual teachings and customs of traditional Judaism as a living source of inspiration that draws faithfully on the past but looks boldy to the future.
Throughout this groundbreaking book, president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies David S. Ariel, Ph.D., includes explanations about the inward path of Judaism based on the experience and wisdom of those who came before, and on what we understand today. But he also includes a guide to the outward path, the way to turn spiritual values into concrete expressions in daily living.
Spiritual Judaism is the first and best guide to restoring heart and soul to Jewish life. It will show you how to live a spiritual Jewish life, how to create a spiritual Jewish education for our children, how to create a spiritual congregation, how to give meaning to prayer and personal practice, and how to deal with the challenges of human life, including how to find holiness in the everyday and how to face suffering and loss. It provides practical solutions for Jews who are searching for spirituality, authenticity, and a sense of connectedness with others.
Spirituality in a Jewish context is a celebration of the God within each of us, within the soul, and throughout the world. Spiritual Judaism goes back to this ideal, teaching the Jewish spiritual tradition and its practical applications in the everyday lives of Jews. It incorporates the best spiritual traditions of the past with the Judaism of today and finds the clearing, rekindles the fire, and celebrates the enduring melody of Judaism.
In the first comprehensive guide of its kind, a noted Judaic scholar applied Jewish spiritual principles to daily life.
About the Author
David S. Ariel, Ph.D., is president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies. During his years as its president, the college has become one of North America's leading institutions of higher Jewish education and adult learning. He is a popular lecturer on Jewish beliefs, mysticism, and spirituality throughout the United Sates in a variety of venues, including universities, synagogues, churches, and community centers. He lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife and three children.