- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Jewish Lights; 2nd Edition, New edition (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580234623
- ISBN-13: 978-1580234627
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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- Customer Reviews: 6 customer reviews
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Discovering Jewish Meditation (2nd Edition): Instruction & Guidance for Learning an Ancient Spiritual Practice Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"Meditation lies at the very core of the Jewish spiritual experience. This book will take you there gently, wisely, helpfully."
―Jonathan Omer-Man, founder, Metivta, A Center for Contemplative Judaism
"A very low threshold introduction and a very rewarding first step into the place of silence in the sacred."
―Lawrence Kushner, author, I'm God; You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego and other books
“Provides, in a sweet and spacious voice, a simple, straightforward guide for beginning a Jewish meditation practice.”
―Sylvia Boorstein, author, It’s Easier Than You Think and other books
“Guides readers wisely, and with great care. This is the guide to Jewish meditation that I have been searching for.”
―Vanessa L. Ochs, author, The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams and other books; Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
About the Author
Nan Fink Gefen, PhD, is a teacher of Jewish meditation, a writer and an editor. She has taught Jewish meditation to hundreds of students around the country. For six years, she directed a program to train Jewish meditation teachers at Chochmat HaLev, a center of Jewish meditation in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She is a contributor to Meditation from the Heart of Judaism: Today's Teachers Share Their Practices, Techniques, and Faith (Jewish Lights), and author of Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery (Basic Books). She cofounded Tikkun magazine in 1985, and she is the cofounding editor of Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts.
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It is not an exhaustive study of the topic, but it doesn't purport to be such. Very helpful to beginning meditators.
Reading this guide, one has the sense that Gefen stands alongside the novice meditator, encouraging, explaining, clarifying, reassuring. Discovering Jewish Meditation is an accessible, respectful and necessary companion for all those who long to take the first tentative steps into a spiritual meditative life.
Gefen's book on Jewish meditation is a primer and an invitation, the text both expansive and specific. Each section gently moves the beginning meditator through all the fears, obstacles, confusion and exhilaration that a new practice inevitably entails. It is written in a plainspoken manner, the author clearly identifying her own history of struggles with the judgement, discipline and discouragement. With each, she offers successful strategies that allow emergence into consistent on-going meditative practice.
Each section allows the reader to find her or his own concerns, anticipate those that may emerge and come to more deeply understand the foundations of a rich and complex tradition that is thousands of years old, yet for many end of the century Americans, brand new. The Resource Guide defines the landscape of this growing movement and allows the new practictioner to study further at their own pace.
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This book has kabbalistic themes running through it. It would have been more interesting to see how mainstream Judaism handles meditation. The author feels that by using Hebrew words Jews will feel more comfortable meditating. To some extent that may be true but I didn't need to buy the book to find Hebrew words to meditate on. Save your money!