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The Happiness Prayer: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Best Way to Live Today Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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Rabbi Moffic draws from Jewish wisdom in a way accessible to all of us. His insights as a rabbi speak generously to a multi-faith world."
More people need to understand the power of prayer. Rabbi Moffic has given us a generous guide to unlocking the power of our words -- to God, ourselves, and each other."
Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and coauthor of Option B
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author of Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in The Frustration, Boredom Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder and Radical Amazement of Parenting
Michele Cushatt, author of I Am: A 60-day Journey To Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He is
"The wisdom packed into THE HAPPINESS PRAYER could last you a lifetime." Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune
Shauna Niequist, bestselling author
"""A much needed reminder - in a culture of seeking - that happiness can be a return to something ancient; Evan Moffic's insights and humanity fill the pages of THE HAPPINESS PRAYER, shining beauty and affirmation on the wisdom of a 2000-year-old prayer, and making it accessible to anyone yearning for a more meaningful life.""" Dan Ain, founder of "Because Jewish" and former Rabbi in Residence at 92Y
"""Rabbi Evan Moffic masterfully invokes ancient Jewish wisdom to help us find happiness in our modern world.""" "Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, author of New York Times bestseller Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment"
"""Rabbi Moffic captures a primary contemporary pursuit - happiness - and refracts it through anecdotes, rabbinic wisdom and popular culture to remind us that that the path to happiness is right before us at all times. Its wisdom is like the prize inside of a box of crackerjacks - a simple pleasure.""" Rabbi Lori Shapiro, The Open Temple
David Ellenson, Chancellor of the Hebrew Union College
About the Author
EVAN MOFFIC unpacks Jewish wisdom so that people of all faiths can live a richer and deeper life. A graduate of Stanford University, he is known for his stories and scholarship, connecting ancient traditions with modern audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
At age 30, he become the lead rabbi of Congregation Solel in suburban Chicago. Rabbi Moffic also appears regularly on cable news stations as a commentator on Israel and political and social events in America.
With his wife, Rabbi Arielle Moffic, he has counseled hundreds of individuals and married thousands of couples of all faiths. They are the proud parents of two young children. You can learn more at happinessprayerbook.com.
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In an early chapter, Rabbi Moffic share with us his definition of faith: " At its core, faith is the belief that life has meaning. It is the confidence that we are here on this earth for a reason. Faith is not about grand theological ideas. It is about the everyday choices we make. It is about becoming a person whose life makes a real positive difference to the people around them."
He goes on to discuss qualities of a meaningful life, illustrating his main points with anecdotes from his life as a spiritual guide to others. I found his words about marriage, learning, and celebration to be very moving, but above all, I was deeply touched by his words about death, grief, recovery from devastating loss, and the ways we can support , uplift, and strengthen each other at the most difficult times. Overall, the book really is about the crucial importance of loving, face to face community, especially in our these times of social media and other online pursuits. So much good common sense here, and so much to think about. Occasional chapters lapse into self-help ideas that are very familar to many of us, but those are in the minority.
Rabbi Moffit decribes the Eilu Devarim as "not only a happiness prayer, but a checklist for a meaningful life." This is beautiful and moving book definitely expounds on that idea. Most highly recommended to those of all faiths - or perhaps none - who are open to exploration.
He has written a book about how to be happy by saying a very old pray from two thousand years ago.
This pray flows from the tests and traditions held sacred by the Jewish People.
Moffic says, The behaviors it teaches are all available to all. No one religion is the sole path to happiness. Thats because of what underlies each religions particular behaviors.
Rabbi Moffic enjoys making people happy, and take sorrow away. He writes about some of those people he has helped in this book.
He also writes about another pray called, Misheberach.
He says , It is a prayer for healing, The words are simple: May the source of strength , Who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing
and let us say, Amen. Bless those in need of all healing by picturing thinking of friends, and family who are ill etc.
I think that people of other Religions will find something in this book that can be taken into there lifes also.
Rabbi Moffic, however, is more concerned with unhappiness. At a time of generally great prosperity where most Americans have so many material possessions and intellectual attainments and generally good health, unhappiness, anxiety and despair are everywhere.
To combat this, Rabbi Moffic looks to an ancient Jewish prayer for inspiration. From this prayer, known as the “Eilu Devarim”, Moffic takes ten lessons and elucidates on using each to brighten lives.
For those old enough to remember Rabbi Harold Kushner (author of the classic “When Bad Things Happen To Good People”), Moffic attempts to walk in those giant footsteps, not as an imitation but more as the voice (to my ears) as a Jewish Everyman.
This is an excursion into the anxiety and unhappiness that engulfs our age and is a rather personal telling of how Moffic applies principles enunciated 2,000 years ago to deal with modern unhappiness.
Moffic’s sincerity rings through on every page. This is a man dedicated to helping people. His stories of his interactions with members of his congregation and examples he draws from elsewhere are moving and persuasive, as are the lessons he tries to impart.
We can be happy, Moffic argues, by following rules established more than two millennia ago.
And you know what?