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Inviting God In: Celebrating the Soul-Meaning of the Jewish Holy Days Hardcover – August 22, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Aaron, a teacher of mysticism in Jerusalem, focuses on one word not usually used to describe Jewish holiday themes and observances: love. Yes, he says, Rosh Hashanah is about accountability and Hanukkah is about hope. Yes, Yom Kippur is about forgiveness and Purim is about trust. But every holiday shares one unifying ingredient not usually stirred into the Jewish recipe for the holidays: God's love. A Jewish holiday, called a mo'ed, a fixed time or date, allows us a "date with God" so that we can remember a dramatic moment in God's loving presence. Each chapter describes the "soul-meaning"—a term Aaron doesn't define—of a different holiday, an aspect of God's unconditional love. Aaron's accessible explanations make difficult mystical concepts easy to understand, especially when he offers clever, offbeat analogies. The Torah is like a love letter you read and reread. Revelation is like the traffic report on the radio, with God as the traffic helicopter deciphering patterns from above. The tragedy, says Aaron, is that today many of us are not even looking for God. For those who are, Aaron's book will provide sincere guidance toward uncovering a tender, untarnished meaning of the Jewish holidays. (Aug. 8)
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"Aaron's book provides sincere guidance toward uncovering a tender, untarnished meaning of the Jewish holidays."—Publishers Weekly
"A spiritually rousing book. . . . In a warm, easy-to-read style, and radiating an enthusiasm that is contagious, Aaron explores the deeper meaning behind nine Jewish holidays."—Cleveland Jewish News
"This is a wonderfully inspiring book! Rabbi Aaron makes you fall in love with God and wtih the depth and wisdom of Judaism."—Dr. Miriam Adahan, author of You are a Jewel
"The Jewish holidays are not only profoundly deep but spiritually thrilling. If you are looking to discover the rich, inspirational tapestry of the holiday cycle, then Rabbi David Aaron is the teacher for you."—Shimon Apisdorf, cofounder of the Jewish Literacy Fund
"Contemporary, meaningful, and witty. Inviting God In is an excellent spiritual tour and guide through the Jewish year."—Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov, author of The Key to Kabbalah: Discovering Jewish Mysticism
"Inviting God In has a lot to teach all of us, about God and about ourselves."—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
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His most common metaphor of the individual human connection with God is God as the sun and people and reality as its rays. We are not the sun, but we are also not detached from the sun.
In such a view, God is the root of all existence. Or stated in more extreme terms, everything shares some vital essence with God, and therefore, everything is God.
In Inviting God In, Rabbi Aaron examines the Jewish holidays in light of this view. He has some interesting things to say about some standard notions.
He equates Rosh Hashanah with the idea of monotheism --- one God who sits in judgment of the world and separate from the world. Yom Kippur is the day when God presents God's true nature, the panentheistic view.
Rabbi Aaron also gives special importance to Purim, which he connects with Yom Kippur. Purim is a minor holiday, dismissed by most as a children's holiday, but for Aaron, it is a taste of the World to Come, when distinctions between good and evil, right and wrong, will melt away, and we will all see ourselves as we truly are, a part of God.
Inviting God In is by turns hokey and profound, which is Rabbi Aaron's style. But there is much good to glean from his teachings. A view of the world, God and people that is both attractive and hits a poetic chord in the heart.
This book brings many concepts that Rabbi Aaron brings in his previous books. And will help one ýexecute his admirable approach to your Holy-days.ý
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