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Spirituality

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Aaron, David. Endless Light: The Ancient Path of the Kabbalah to Love, Spiritual Growth, and Personal Power. Simon & Schuster. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0425166295.

The ancient mystical texts of Judaism are a popular source for spirituality. Using the Kabbalah as the guide, the author addresses concerns in life such as personal growth, love and destiny.

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Ariel, David. Spiritual Judaism: Restoring Heart and Soul to Jewish Life. Hyperion. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0786863064.

This is a guide to Judaism from a spiritual perspective and is designed for those seeking to incorporate their Jewish heritage into their everyday life.

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Dosick, Wayne. Dancing with God: Everyday Steps to Jewish Spiritual Renewal. Harper San Francisco. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 0060619554.

This is a do-it-yourself approach to spirituality complete with exercises and suggestions.

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Kamenetz, Roger. Stalking Elijah. Harper San Francisco. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 0060642319.

The author pursues his quest for Jewish meditation practices with present day master teachers.

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Kamenetz, Roger. The Jew in the Lotus. Harper San Francisco. 1995. AISN/ISBN: 0060645741.

This is an account of Jewish-Buddist dialogue among several of our foremost thinkers and the Dali Lama during a trip to Tebet. It traces the author's rediscovery of his Jewish roots through this dialogue.

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Kushner, Harold S.. When Bad Things Happen To Good People. Schocken Books. 2001. AISN/ISBN: 0805241930.

A work on dealing with tragedy. Kushner: "There is a difference between denying the tragedy (the author lost his young son) . . . and seeing the tragedy in the context of a whole life, keeping an eye on what has enriched you and not only on what you have lost.".

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Matt, Daniel. Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism. Castle Books/HarperCollins. 1995. AISN/ISBN: 0062511645.

A collection of the most important and profound passages from a variety of Kabbalistic literature, this book contains the history of the Kabbalah's concepts and symbols and accounts of the primary aspects of Jewish mysticism, including Ein Sof (the radical transcendence of God), the Sefriot (ten divine attributes) and Shekhinah (the feminine aspect of God).

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Schwartz, D. and M. Hass. Finding Joy: A Practical Spiritual Guide to Happiness. Jewish Lights. 1996. AISN/ISBN: 1879045532.

This guide explores and explains how to find joy based on the teachings of traditional Jewish mysticism.

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Steinsaltz, Adin. The Thirteen Petaled Rose. Jason Aronson. 1992. AISN/ISBN: 0876684509.

The work is an introduction to the essence of Jewish existence and belief based on principles of Kabbalah. It includes descriptions of the most basic ideas in Jewish mysticism.

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Stern, Yosef. The Gift of Shabbos: Ideas and Insights of the Sfas Emes. Mesorah Publications, Limited. 2005. AISN/ISBN: 1422600149.

You can't say that Yosef Stern wastes ink. This book is dense, each sentence makes its point without wasted words. This is a kabbalistic approach to the meaning of Shabbat, in the true sense, not the "Madonna wants to study magic" sense. It takes a lot of focus. This book is not a cover-to-cover read. It will likely be digested in chunks, and needs to be read multiple times. Well written.

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Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Wisdom. Wm. Morrow. 1994. AISN/ISBN: 0688129587.

This is a popular book which explores many aspects of human life in short, focused passages using the literature of great Jewish writings along with commentary by the author.

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Wolpe, David. The Healer of Shattered Hearts: A Jewish View of God. Viking-Penguin. 1991. AISN/ISBN: 0140147950.

This book provides a sensible and clear message to the modem generation who question belief in God. The author shows that God still speaks to people, to their daily struggles and fears, and offers comfort and inspiration.





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