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Jewish Wisdom on After-Life

… just like that.

The spiritual afterlife is ascribed in Hebrew as Olam Ha-Ba, the world to come. Jewish beliefs on the topic of death and after-life have distinct limits. Even the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew scripture), the most important Jewish text, has meager or no clear advertence to afterlife at all. The concerns of Jewish beliefs focus on the purpose of earthly existence, which is to live life according to the dictates of God (mainly the 10 commandments) and fellow man …

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Raising a Child with Soul, How Time-Tested Jewish Wisdom Can Shape Your Child’s Character

… culture in which we live. Utilizing the insight that springs from her knowledge of Torah wisdom, her personal experiences and the experiences of those she has counseled, Slovie Jungreis-Wolff, a longtime parenting coach and advisor to young couples and families teaches in detail how to approach the entire gamut of issues, with a special emphasis on strengthening the child’s morality and character. Parents will learn how to:

• Instill simchas hachayim, “true joy,” in their …

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The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom And Wit in the Wild West

Steve Sheinkin

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A fresh look at Jewish folktales—wise, witty, hilarious

After finishing school in New York, Rabbi Harvey traveled west in search of adventure and, hopefully, work as a rabbi. His journey took him to Elk Spring, Colorado, a small town in the Rocky Mountains. When he managed to outwit the ruthless gang that had been ruling Elk Spring, the people invited Harvey to stay on as the …

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Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom Through Classic Postures

Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom Through Classic Postures

… to yoga and Torah by combining the practice of classic yoga postures with traditional and mystical Jewish wisdom. Each chapter begins by presenting a central Jewish spiritual concept that engages readers of all faiths on a personal level. It offers an in-depth exploration of the concept, quoting and commenting on sacred Jewish texts from the Pentateuch (Five Books of Moses) and other sources. It then guides its readers with mastery and clarity through a meditation and a set of fundamental yoga …

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Jewish Wisdom for Business Success: Lessons From the Torah and Other Ancient Texts

Sam Jaffe, Rabbi Levi Brackman

Publisher: AMACOM

Sacred Jewish texts such as the Torah and the Kabbalah have long been con sid ered repositories of some of the greatest wisdom ever assembled. Yet only the smartest and most successful business professionals take advantage of these powerful collections of advice. Using real-world business situations as illustrative examples, this book reveals a four-thousand-year-old blueprint for success.

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The Greatest Jewish Stories Ever Told

The Greatest Jewish Stories Ever Told

… Hasidic, and modern tales that were selected for their prominence within the many traditions of Jewish life. Presented in categories that reflect the history of their telling, the stories are prefaced by David Patterson’s sage insights and thought-provoking perspective.

From Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden to the suffering of Job, Patterson retells the greatest Biblical stories, those that are at the heart of the Jewish tradition and represent some of the earliest examples of …

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Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness

Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman

Publisher: Jewish Lights

From the rapidly changing retirement years to the sometimes wrenching challenges of dementia and chronic illness, spiritual questions and needs among today’s elders and caregivers are central. This rich resource probes Jewish texts to offer solutions and suggestions for finding meaning, purpose and community within Jewish tradition.

With timely—and timeless—wisdom, this …

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A Handbook for the Jewish Home

A Handbook for the Jewish Home

Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch, celebrated author of The Jewish Books of Why, has helped a generation understand the reasons behind Jewish law, custom, and ritual. Now, in A Handbook for the Jewish Home, he provides us with a practical guide that explains precisely and concisely how to conduct ourselves both in our homes and when interacting with the Jewish community at large.}}Without underestimating the reader’s intelligence or overestimating his …

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Beyond the Tears: Helping Jewish Kids Cope With Death

Beyond the Tears: Helping Jewish Kids Cope With Death

… I. Kwalwasser

Publisher: Pitspopany Press

Young people have no experience with death and mourning. They need guidelines, a sense of direction, a path that will give them comfort even as they express their anger, frustration, and suffering.

Unfortunately, many parents are at a loss as to how to explain the end process of life to their children. Not all parents can really “speak” to their children during such traumatic times.

Beyond the Tears serves as a way for young people to …

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Out of the Whirlwind: Essays on Suffering, Mourning and the Human Condition Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, David Shatz (editor), Joel B. Wolowelsky (editor), Reuven Ziegler (editor)

Publisher: Ktav

The topics of mourning and suffering are among the most salient in the writings of Rabbi Soloveitchik, both when he describes personal experiences and when he articulates his philosophy. The essays in this volume powerfully illustrate the Rav’s peerless ability to derive a Jewish understanding of both God and the human condition from biblical and halakhic sources. The Rav explores such topics as the stages …

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Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed

Joanne Doades

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Raising a teenager is difficult your Jewish values can help make it easier.

Relationships with teenage children can be maddening and frustrating. They undergo the most peculiar transition from children you think you know into mysterious adolescent strangers you often wish you didn’t.

Drawing upon the teachings, insights, and wisdom that have sustained the Jewish people …

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Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians

Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A window into the Jewish soul—written especially for Christians.

“I invite you to explore with me some of the rich and varied expressions of the Jewish spiritual imagination. It is a tradition that may at times, for Christians, feel strangely familiar and will, for Christians and Jews, always challenge you to see yourself and your world through a new lens.”

—from the …

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Living Jewish Life Cycle: How to Create Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life

Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Dmin

Publisher: Jewish Lights

The spiritual tools you can use to infuse Jewish life cycle

ceremonies with meaning, integrity and joy.

Discover the spiritual meaning in Judaism’s major life cycle moments. Understand, create and enter wholeheartedly into Jewish life cycle ceremonies, preparatory practice, and celebrations.

More than just how-to, Rabbi Goldie Milgram guides you in making your Jewish rites …

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Jewish Way in Death and Mourning

… law and tradition, as well as between earlier and current practices, observed by Jews in death and mourning.

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Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, Rabbi Daniel Judson

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A window into Judaism’s sacred days—throughout history and today.

Written especially for Christians.

Holy days and holidays provide the peak experiences of Jewish life. These moments speak deeply to the Jewish soul and animate Judaism’s culture. They encourage Jews to participate in their shared historical experience, which reflects their covenantal relationship with God, …

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Time To Mourn, a Time To Comfort, 2nd Edition: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement

Dr. Ron Wolfson

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A Step-by-Step Guide for Honoring the Dead and Empowering the Living

When someone dies, there are so many questions—from what to do in the moment of grief, to dealing with the practical details of the funeral, to spiritual concerns about the meaning of life and death. This indispensable guide to Jewish mourning and comfort provides traditional and modern insights into every …

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Health Care and the Ethics of Encounter: A Jewish Discussion of Social Justice

… but goes on to point the way toward a new one. She develops her “ethics of encounter” through Jewish sources, the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, contemporary feminist thought, and, finally, a lovingly careful reading of the Book of Ruth. Politically, she finds hope in the kind of small-group encounters that characterized the emerging feminist movement in the late 1960s and 1970s and the community discussions that motivated the Oregon health care reform movement. As for current health …

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Filling Words With Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer

Lawrence Kushner, Nehemia Polen

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Breathe New Life into Your Prayer with the Wisdom of Kabbalah and the Hasidic Masters

Jewish mystics teach that every word a person utters in prayer should radiate light. Even the letters of the words of prayer carry sparks of the Divine that yearn to join together in holiness.

In this inspiring spiritual companion, Reform rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Orthodox rabbi Nehemia …

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Filling Words with Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer

Lawrence Kushner, Nehemia Polen

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Breathe New Life into Your Prayer with the Wisdom of Kabbalah and the Hasidic Masters

Jewish mystics teach that every word a person utters in prayer should radiate light. Even the letters of the words of prayer carry sparks of the Divine that yearn to join together in holiness.

In this inspiring spiritual companion, Reform rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Orthodox rabbi Nehemia …

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The Portable Jewish Mother: Guilt, Food, And … When Are You Giving Me Grandchildren

… complaints about your being single? Well then, here you go! All the kvetch-ing and moaning only a Jewish mother could provide.

Laurie Rozakis brings you the good, the bad, and the guilt with The Portable Jewish Mother. Serving up a healthy, heaping portion of Mom’s love and wisdom, all without the gefilte fish aftertaste. Complete with quizzes and recipes, myths and misconceptions, this book answers any and all questions you could ever have about Jewish mothers.

Even if your mom is a …

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Torah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought

… us an invaluable key to understanding the intersection of ecology and Judaism, and offers the wisdom of Judaism in dealing with the present environmental crisis.

Both intelligent and accessible, Torah of the Earth is an essential resource and a reminder to us that humans and the earth are intertwined.

More than 30 leading scholars and experts enlighten, provoke, and provide a guided tour of ecological thought from four major Jewish viewpoints.

Available in softcover

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A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism

Rabbi Comins Mike

Publisher: Jewish Lights

This comprehensive how-to guide to the theory and practice of Jewish wilderness spirituality unravels the mystery of Judaism’s connection to the natural world and offers ways for you to enliven and deepen your spiritual life through wilderness experience. Over forty practical exercises provide detailed instruction on spiritual practice in the natural world, including: …

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Pebbles of Wisdom From Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Collected and with Notes by Arthur Kurzweil

… as “one of the very few wise men that I’ve ever met.”

Arthur Kurzweil—himself a Jewish scholar, author, teacher, publisher, and a longtime disciple of Rabbi Steinsaltz—has gathered in one place a collection of “pebbles” of wisdom from Rabbi Steinsaltz. This wonderful book is filled with wisdom from more than thirty years of Rabbi Steinsaltz’s lectures, writings, interviews, conversations, and reflections.

Pebbles of Wisdom includes Rabbi Steinsaltz’s thoughts on …

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The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

Debby Flancbaum

Publisher: Urim Publications

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women – some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities – who engage in extraordinary acts of kindness.

Although the women featured in this book come from all walks of Jewish life – religious, secular and everything in …

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Jewish Fathers: A Legacy of Love

Lloyd Wolf, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Paula Wolfson

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A moving collection of heartfelt stories and stirring photographs celebrating and honoring the lives of contemporary American Jewish fathers.

The image of the Jewish father is synonymous with the Yiddish word mensch, a good, kind, decent, human being. The word mensch has become part of America’s vocabulary. The first mensch that we meet in life is usually our father. …

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Living a Year of Kaddish

… his fiftieth birthday his father died of a heart attack, and Goldman began the ritual year of mourning required by Jewish law. There were the obligations (the daily recitation of kaddish in a synagogue quorum of ten), the prohibitions (no listening to music or buying new clothes), and the self-examination that the death of a parent and the mourning rituals triggered. Death meant coming to terms with a father he loved but never fully understood, in part because of his parents� divorce …

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Against the Dying of the Light: A Father’s Journey Through Loss

Leonard Fein

Publisher: Jewish Lights

“The company of the bereaved is a company connected by memory and loss-but in the end, each member of that company experiences both memory and loss uniquely, alone.” -from Part I

How do you explain a seemingly senseless tragedy? What does it mean to be an observer of your own life? In this unusual exploration of heartbreak and healing, Leonard Fein chronicles the sudden …

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On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz: 25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips, Mind-Blowing Encounters, and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdom

… Line as “one of the very few wise men that I’ve ever met.”

Arthur Kurzweil—himself a Jewish scholar, author, teacher, and publisher—has been a disciple of Rabbi Steinsaltz’s for over 25 years, as well as the Rabbi’s designated chauffer in the United States. While stuck in countless traffic jams and attending the Rabbi’s lectures at universities, government agencies, synagogues, and seminars, Arthur Kurzweil has had the rare opportunity of personally learning from his …

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Ascending Jacob’s Ladder - Essays on the Fundamental’s of Jewish Life - Shabbat, Festivals, Prayer, Teshuvah, Torah Study, The Jewish Home and Wisdom of Kabbalah

… new book. Drawing from Torah, Midrash, Mussar, and Kabbalah sources, he guides us through our Jewish spiritual journey – through this world and into the next.

Like Jacob’s ladder, which was firmly planted on earth but reached the heavens, these essays show us how living a truly Jewish life will bring us to the spiritual heights we long for, without ever losing sight of the ground – a healthy life and home. In an inspiring and engaging manner, Rabbi Hillel shows us how we can climb …

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The Jewish Prophet

Rabbi Dr. Michael J. Shire

Publisher: Jewish Lights

An inspiring and enlightening look at the role of the prophet throughout Jewish history — Beautifully illustrated with illuminations from medieval Hebrew manuscripts in the British Library.

“Then Miriam, the prophetess, took a timbrel in her hand….And Miriam chanted for them: Sing to the Eternal One, for God has triumphed gloriously. ”

— EXODUS 15:20-1

This …

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