Merle Feld's A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition PDF

By Merle Feld

ISBN-10: 079147187X

ISBN-13: 9780791471876

ISBN-10: 1435611802

ISBN-13: 9781435611801

Comprises new and up to date fabric, in addition to a readers' consultant with questions for writing and chat groups. The revised variation of this cherished vintage incorporates a readers' and writers' advisor to facilitate ebook workforce conversations and casual grownup schooling, and likewise bargains activates for private journaling exploration. Merle Feld's emotionally robust prose and hugely available poetry open the hearts of readers of every age and spiritual persuasions who're touring in the course of the cycle of existence and sharing within the look for that means.

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Some of the boys decided that even more fun than trying to kill each other would be to queue up at one wall of the school building, unzip their pants and see who could pee the furthest. ” At three o’clock I’d crawl home, cry for an hour or so and then make tuna casserole for supper. Seven men were the founders and teachers of Havurat Shalom, begun in Cambridge in the summer of 1968. There 21 A SPIRITUAL LIFE were about fifteen formally enrolled students, also all men. , decisions were not imposed from above by the faculty, rather, faculty and students all gathered at weekly community meetings and either everyone voted or talked well into the night until we reached consensus.

You stay home rather than embarrass yourself by showing up someplace you don’t belong. Everything in our culture tells us, if you can’t afford it, you are unworthy, you are inferior. Today, now, even in secular America, even in Jewish America, Calvin lives: you know if you don’t have money, this is proof that you are unworthy. You know it. When you’re poor, you have all the pain and fear of 35 A SPIRITUAL LIFE being poor, and on top of that, you live apart from any warmth, from any hope, that the community could provide.

Some of us aren’t there to be counted on Yom Kippur because we don’t have the money for tickets. So there we are on the outside, looking in. And of course the life of spirit is not limited to the confines of the local sanctuary—a thin purse or a background unfamiliar with a rich cultural vocabulary can also deprive us of the nourishment of ballet, of symphony, of sculpture, of theater. And even the spiritual food of light and sky, the color green, the pounding of the surf, even these necessities which nourish the soul are hard to access when you’re poor, when you don’t own a car, when you’re uncertain about which pleasures cost money and which pleasures are free for the taking.

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