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Title: The BIG Picture: 36 Sessions to Intellectual and Spiritual Clarity

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Title: The BIG Picture: 36 Sessions to Intellectual and Spiritual Clarity

Author: Pinchas Winston

Publisher: Thirtysix.org

 

 

   The BIG Picture: 36 Sessions to Intellectual and Spiritual Clarity deserves to sell at least as many copies as the Tanach. It’s a classroom for spiritual growth.

 

   The “chapters” are 36 short, powerful clarifications of teachings in kabbalah, Chumash and Talmud that resolve ethical and spiritual dilemmas regarding spirituality, God and reality. Those issues are clearly stated in the book’s Introduction, in excerpts from Time magazine’s December 28, 1992 article “What does Science Teach us about God” plus remarks by physicist Steven Hawking and other scientists.

 

   The first God-Science resolution appears on pages 20-21, courtesy of what the Ramchal calls “knowing something in relation to its context within its framework.” Pinchas Winston brings this to an easily understood point: We’re better off heeding the findings of objective scientists who admit to the pattern of Godliness in the Divine design of nature rather than siding with scientists who don’t grasp the big picture. Do you find that hard to grasp or boring? You have one pleasant surprise coming up.

 

   Session 7 teaches the average shnook how to bring more kedusha into the world. Session 8 clues us in to Hashem’s “thinking process.” Though mortals tend to find suffering to be an unjustified experience, the Holy One thinks in terms of “alah b’machshavah l’fanai”  (Menachot 26b).

 

   Winston brings pieces of this psycho-spiritually agonizing “The Evil Prosper as the Good Suffer” puzzle together with relevant passages in Brachot 7a, Shemot 33:20, Shaarei Leshem page 3, Brachot 10a, Tehillim 66:5 and other sources.

 

   The BIG Picture, curious classmates, is that Hakadosh Baruch Hu has a pretext for creation, a master plan unfolding as we stumble along within it. Learn the relationship of concepts “Olah b’machshavah,” “kavshei rachmanah” and “allilut” in Session 8. The result for you will be that, as page 103 states, ” the temptation to second-guess God will be no more.”

 

   You’ll also understand why stumbling is part of spiritual development. That makes the price of the 444-page paperback well worth your investment.

 

   Pay careful attention to repeated readings of the book to learn about multi-dimensional reality (pp 236-238) and a hint as to Amalek’s present-day identity (page 115). The interesting climax of the book is in Session 36 “The Tenth Hour.” The years 2010/5770 are in the latter half of the tenth hour of the days leading to biat Mashiach, days corresponding to the daylight hours of the first day of Creation. That’s a super-charged piece of Divine information, as subsequent pages reveal.

 

   Expect gradual spiritual growth with The BIG Picture; it’s not a quick read. To appreciate why living life to its spiritual fullest is filled with uncertainties that pay off big-time, take notes as you study this sefer. You’ll gain insights into what today’s headlines are actually about, spiritually speaking.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of highly acclaimed e-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.”

Title: The Equation of Life: Making Your Life and History Add Up

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Title: The Equation of Life: Making Your Life and History Add Up

Author: Pinchas Winston

Publisher: Thirtysix.org

 

 

Twenty five plus 11=36. That is “the equation of life, since it is the operating principle of all Creation,” writes Rabbi Pinchas Winston. A former Aish HaTorah professional, the teacher, public speaker and author proves that these numbers indicate what should have happened in Gan Eden: history would have come to a glorious, painless end and we’d be better off for it.

 

   Fear not, the 215-page paperback is an enjoyable read as it defines the spiritual values of the integers named above and the formula for getting things right today. The book empowers its readers to literally save the universe.

 

   You will learn that reality is not particularly “stable.” Fluctuating with possibilities, reality is vulnerable to human action (mistakes included) and inaction. Quotations from Malbim, Ohr HaGanuz, Shaarei Leshem, Zohar plus arcane and widely known commentaries by Torah sages are deftly interspersed throughout Winston’s text. They and he make the case for “The 13 Principles of History” chapter. The key lesson there segues into the “World History Has Built-In End Dates” portion of the book.

 

   The section entitled “Time Limits in History” captures all the above, underscoring the point that when anti-Semitism proliferates, it’s sign that the protective Shechina is leaving a particular geographic area. Learn why on pages 147-150.

 

   The negative result of a Shechina-challenged situation is defined on page 151. Her departure leaves each Jew with a choice that has been offered since Adam erred. We can redeem ourselves with proactive behavior and intention taught in Torah literature or

   Save the world as you save yourself. Learn what to do, and why, when you buy this powerful paperback at www.thritysix.org.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge”  (www.booklocker.com/books/4244.html).

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/title-the-equation-of-life-making-your-life-and-history-add-up/2010/06/23/

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