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Title: The Art Of Amazement
Author: Alexander Seinfeld
Publisher: Daas Books
Strugglers with the Infinite
Oh, Infinite, What Was, What Is and Whatever Will Be
Our Power in the natural world
Infinite, What Was, What Is and Whatever Will B
One, Absolute Oneness, Perfect Unity.
It sounds like a meditative mantra from some Eastern religion and it is. It is commanding, focused, disciplined. “Meditation is the practice of disciplining [a] natural function (focusing and refocusing),” writes Alexander Seinfeld in The Art of Amazement, and, he insists, “…it was arguably the core concept of Jewish practice” in ancient Judaism.” These are the fundamental lessons of Seinfeld’s The Art of Amazement, a captivating new book about the thousands-year old practice of Jewish meditation.
Daas Books in Palo Alto, California just released the softcover book with an eye to helping Jewish educational institutions teach their pupils how to be amazed, able to gain quantum insights, into prayer and its Object. In an era when Jews have been leaving the fold to join other religions in a quest to seek spirituality, to unmask reality as we witness it in the ordinary day, The Art of Amazement is an enticing tool for exceeding the accomplishments of the Eastern gurus.
The moral bankruptcy of many allegedly spiritual masters, whose hedonism fills headlines with their excesses, is the antithesis of the “Jewish Pleasure Principle” indicates page 56 of this book. Judaism is a system of receiving goodness and pleasure, for cultivating pleasure in fact! We learn on page 57 that the very first mitzva was to eat from every tree (Bereishis 2:16). Page 58 reveals that Jewish tradition “àconsiders it an obligation to enjoy life’s pleasures.” The key to not falling prey to self-centered, aphorism-chanting counterfeiters of spiritual experience? Seinfeld teaches that it is “àto discern between aesthetic and physical pleasure.” The purpose of an ecstatic, soulful experience in Judaism serves as a means of thinking outside one’s limited reality in order to attain ever-increasing levels of morality. Such has been the secret to the successes of tzadikim. Jewish meditative thinking that does not negate reality, but rather promotes focused mindfulness, intelligent discourse and virtue.
Designed as a textbook and workbook for teachers and students, “The Art of Amazement” takes you to a stop-you-in-your-tracks-speechless-jaw droppingly-awe inspiring transcendental reality: revealing G-d’s manifestation. Even Avraham Avinu used these methods.
A kosher system for achieving transcendental experiences, Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo insists on the book’s cover that “This book is a tremendous resource for anyone concerned with Jewish education, whether professionally, in the family, or for themselves.” Readers can go to www.daasbooks.com to learn more about Jewish spirituality and The Art of Amazement.
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This is the story of a Holocaust survivor who began her odyssey in Dej, Romania. Chanele Anne Grun Kempler was a teenager when she came to Auschwitz, almost 20 when she immigrated to Montreal and became a famous artist, and 64 when she passed away, alone in her bed, in 1994, on her chest a letter from Yad Vashem informing her that the painting she offered to the organization would be admitted and displayed.
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I wonder why bullying exists in our community and in society at large? I was very surprised at a 30-year-old client’s explanation.
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Title: The Kosher Grapevine: Exploring the World of Wine
Author: Irving Langer
Breathe deeply. You’ll need maximum physical and spiritual power to absorb the uplifting lessons in this book. Page 249 explains why some Jews are praised as “fish on dry land,” a phrase that describes Moshe Rabeinu. Am Yisrael began to appreciate his depth of character at kriat Yam Suf, realizing that “he lived in the revealed world as though he were in the concealed world.”
Author Irving Langer provides his own look at wine-making as well as the nature of the storage barrels used to age wines for taste perfection. He intersperses the book with Jewish historical facts and figures, a few jokes and photographs, and advice on how to pair wines with specific foods.
Unlike formulaic biographies from popular publishing houses in the Orthodox Jewish world, Beyond Politics is not predictable. The vignettes of individual men and women who trekked through Ethiopia and Sudan, flew in from Austria, India, and Algeria, or were born on Israeli soil are gritty, adventurous, and heartwarming.
Title: The Koren Ethiopian Haggada Journey to Freedom: Celebrating Ethiopian Jewish History, Traditions & Customs
Editor: Rabbi Menachem Waldman
Publisher: Koren Publishing
Most of the No-Potato Passover recipes are as casual as the title’s spelling: some include only six ingredients and limited prep time – half to one full hour. They’re good for heart health and waistlines, too.
The Hebrew-English haggada provides a wealth of photographic evidence of the lives led by Ethiopian Jews. The pottery, the unembellished homes, school, and synagogues, the gaunt Jews in modest clothing and head coverings portray dedication to Torah values despite harsh political and topographical conditions.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/title-the-art-of-amazement/2003/06/27/
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