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West Coast Happenings

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Events In The West: This Shabbos Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will be the scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob Beverly Hills… On March 30, Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo will be the scholar-in-residence at Young Israel of Century City.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Ryan and Anit Silver, a son… Manasseh and Menucha Levi, a daughter… Schneor and Liba Nejar of NY, a son (Grandparents Simcha and Tzirel Frankel)… Binyamin and Ilyssa Bass, a son.

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Dov Ber Genauer, son of Yaakov and Nechama Genauer… Benzion Huttler, son of Rabbi Yossi and Goldie Huttler… Dovid Fasman, son of Shmuel and Shoshana Fasman… Aaron Kahan, son of Mark and Marlene Kahan… Binyomin Zuman, son of Dr. Betzalel and Devorah Zuman.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Adam Silverstein, son of Neil and Leslie Silverstein, to Rena Kolom of Lincolnwood, IL… Hillary Barak, daughter of Dr. Mark and Michelle Barak, to Aaron Khodorkosky, son of Igor and Larissa Khodorkosky of Tarzana, CA… Sara Bina Czapnik, daughter of Avrohom and Rivky Czapnik, to Shmuel Aron Gottesman of Lakewood, NJ… Yosef Goldberg, son of Menachem and Golde Goldberg, to Dassie Cohen of Baltimore, MD… Yocheved Huniu to Moshe Abramson of Baltimore and Israel.

Mazel Tov – Weddings: Beni Malkin, son of Dr. Michael and Rachel Malkin, to Tzirel Pritzker of Brooklyn, NY… Bradley Lipman, son of Brian and Ilana Lipman, to Allyson Brody of Cedarhurst, NY… Carmiel Schoenfeld, son of Alan and Elisa Schoenfeld, to Sara Soniker of New Rochelle, NY.

Congratulations: Deputy Barry Poltorak for receiving the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Annual Distinguished Service Award for his heroic and lifesaving effort as a deputy sheriff during the October 27, 2001 City of Carson fire… Donald Etra for being named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association.

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Moishe and Mussie Witkes of Safed, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Yonason and Sussie Denebeim).

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Jason and Donna Roberts, a daughter (Grandparents Irving and Rivka Gold).

Mazel Tov – Wedding: Daniel Stahl to Dr. Ariella Schwartz.

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov- Birth: Roy and Galit Zer-Chen, a son.

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvahs: Aleeza Kapenstein, daughter of Jim and Jill Kapenstein… Atara Bayever, daughter of Jason and Tova Bayever.

Mazel Tov – Wedding: Marc Borenstein, son of Jack and Renee Borenstein, to Jean Liao.

DENVER, COLORADO

Mazel Tov – Engagement: Avi Mehler, son of Dr. Philip and Leah Mehler, to Abby Moskowitz, daughter of Jay and Joyce Moskowitz.

Title: The Art Of Amazement

Friday, June 27th, 2003

Title: The Art Of Amazement
Author: Alexander Seinfeld
Publisher: Daas Books


Hear Deeply
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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/title-the-art-of-amazement/2003/06/27/

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