A Book of Life by Michael Strassfeld
Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice

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A book that charts a clear path to a more spiritually rich practice of Judaism-from the coauthor of the best-selling Jewish Catalogs.

For all the cycles of life, best-selling author Rabbi Michael Strassfeld presents traditional Jewish teachings as a guide to behavior and values. Where the tradition is replete with rituals (for example, the Sabbath), he describes them and shows how they can enrich spiritual living. Where rituals are sparse or nonexistent (for example, returning home at the end of the workday), he suggests new ones gleaned from his own study and experience.

Strassfeld also brings the principles of "insight meditation" to Jewish life, using this practice to recover and reconstruct Judaism's spiritual dimension. He describes a Judaism that encourages within us a spiritual awareness as we participate in both traditional Jewish practices and the mundane activities of daily life. By engaging with Jewish tradition in ways that recapture its original kavanah, or intention, we will, Strassfeld maintains, achieve the two fundamental goals of Judaism-to become better human beings and to be in God s presence. (Hardcover published in 2002 by Schocken Books, ISBN 0-8052-4124-8.)


About Michael Strassfeld

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Michael Strassfeld is the rabbi of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, coauthor of the three volumes of The Jewish Catalog and of A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah and author of The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary.
Published August 13, 2002 by Schocken. 528 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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This is followed by a detailed survey of Jewish holidays in which Strassfeld acknowledges differences among the Jewish denominations, as he spells out the customs and processes associated with each festival.

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Referring to the Hasidic belief that all of life is infused with Divine meaning and holiness, he asserts that spiritual practice is at the heart of Judaism.

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