A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition by Merle Feld

By Merle Feld

Contains new and up to date fabric, in addition to a readers' advisor with questions for writing and chat groups. The revised version of this liked vintage incorporates a readers' and writers' consultant to facilitate publication workforce conversations and casual grownup schooling, and likewise deals activates for private journaling exploration. Merle Feld's emotionally strong prose and hugely obtainable poetry open the hearts of readers of every age and spiritual persuasions who're touring during the cycle of existence and sharing within the look for that means.

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My only real support, beyond Eddie, was from the wives of some of his colleagues. In those days most Hillel directors were rabbis, all rabbis were men, virtually all Hillel directors were men. Though they came from all the Jewish denominations and so represented the fullest spectrum of Jewish life, a delightful and dizzying smorgasbord of belief and practice, what they had in common was an independence of spirit and intellect—they were mavericks each in his own movement and frequently married to women who also saw things from a unique perspective.

The hamper was something you had wanted, a small thing really, but you wanted it and it gave you pleasure and then it was ruined and you didn’t have the power to replace it, to wipe away the injury and forget it. You were stuck with it in its ruined state and three or four times a day when you went into that small bathroom, right in front of you was that scarred hamper, its ugliness contact papered over, but there underneath just the same, a reminder that taking pleasure in even the smallest luxury made you vulnerable.

It was with them that I developed Friday night as a spiritual art form. Many of them knew from birth the rituals they shared at my Shabbos table, many of them were, as I had been at their age, strangers in a strange land. These few hours each Friday night formed an unacknowledged center in my life. ” I would answer always with what my paid employment was at the time, as if what 46 BEGINNING AGAIN I was paid to do was the only real way of defining myself. (A favorite “click” moment of mine, à la Ms.

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