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This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation Hardcover – September, 2003
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His other two works, One God Clapping, and Be Still and Get Going, reflect this ongoing commitment to being halakically Jewish and also practicing mediation techniques that are inspirited by Buddhist tradition.
This work, This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared is his most Jewish in the sense that he takes the specific content, practices, ideas and liturgy of the time period from Tisha b'Av and Sukkoth and provides a conceptual framework that allows for growth and depth to the High Holiday experience.
The book in informed by his eastern religious background, but not dominated by it. When Rabbi Lew expresses that this world is but a fleeting thing, a narrow bridge with darkness on either side, he simply expresses very well-known rabbinical dicta about existence.
Our existence IS fleeting. Our time is short. Rabbi Lew reminds us that waking up to the reality of our transitory nature can make us see reality and ourselves for what it/we truly are; it can help us to see what is important in this little crack of light between the two zones of darkness that is our life.
Sadly, Rabbi Lew passed away in 2009. Reading this book with that in mind places the work in an almost prophetic light; several times Rabbi Lew expresses how close he feels to death based on his experience as a pulpit rabbi. He realized, watching so many people die, that death awaits us at at anytime. Sadly, he was right. But he left us some deeply intelligent and humane works as a legacy.
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Profound. This was a perfect read over the High Holidays and really put me in the spirit of the entire purpose of the holidays. Very enjoyable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark D
This makes the high holy days so much more personally and spiritually accessible. I like that he includes the two bookend holidays too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Jones
This was an amazing read. It spoke to me about a journey of the soul. I would highly recommend it.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Fantastic book. I can see myself reading it every year around this time.Published 5 months ago by Todd
Rabbi Lew brilliantly combines insights into the High Holy Day liturgy, especially the key prayers such as Kol Nidre and U'Netaneh Tokef, with psychologically sound thoughts about... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jonathan Groner
I am reading the book for the second time this year. Rabbi Lew was a spiritual treasure lost at far too young an age. His book is packed with amazingly heartfelt insights. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Greg M
Very powerful images for those who are open to mindfulness disciplines or are already convinced. He goes on a bit too long about the role of blind fear in the core of the High... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JimB
Fabulous book on the subject of the inner examination of the self that should take place on the HIgh Holy Days. He was a deft, poetic and masterful writer.Published 5 months ago by Elliano
Amazing, insightful, powerful and far reaching book. Highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in exploring deep inside of themselves. An extremely worthwhile adventure.Published 7 months ago by Roger Stanley