- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Jewish Lights; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580232302
- ISBN-13: 978-1580232302
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jewish Spiritual Direction: An Innovative Guide from Traditional and Contemporary Sources 1St Edition Edition
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Much attention has been paid in recent years to the idea of "spiritual direction," but so far the concept has been almost exclusively defined in terms of the Protestant or Catholic experience. Addison, a rabbi who teaches at Temple University, and Breitman, who teaches pastoral counseling at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa., co-founded the world's first institute to train spiritual directors in the Jewish tradition. Here, they offer an anthology of essays that is essentially a one-stop training manual for rabbis, spiritual directors and other religious leaders who want to teach people to discern God's voice and follow His direction. While Jewish spiritual direction is, as the authors concede, still an "evolving practice," it draws upon thousands of years' worth of prayer and study. The book can be dense at times, but it is rich with ideas and resources. (May)
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"A work of intelligence, depth and enduring worth [that is] long overdue."
―Rabbi Martin S. Cohen, editor, Conservative Judaism magazine
“Adds fresh, new understandings of spiritual guidance to long-treasured Jewish traditions of seeking the face of God. Sit with it. Ponder it. Let it lead you to prayer.”
―Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, PhD, founding member, Spiritual Directors International
“Admirably creates a vocabulary and conceptual framework for this emerging field. Masterfully mines Jewish tradition to ground spiritual direction in Jewish theology, text and practice. An invaluable companion to those who companion others on their spiritual journeys.”
―Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, editor, Jewish Pastoral Care, 2nd Edition: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources
“A treasure trove.… Will inspire its readers to new levels of Jewish spiritual engagement and activism.”
―Rabbi David Teutsch, author, Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy
“An epochmaking event. This is not just Christian spiritual direction with a Jewish patina; it is fully and organically Jewish.”
―Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, DHL (z"l), author of Spiritual Intimacy
“Deep, thoughtful and varied.... An extraordinary collection of pioneering works that maps the latest thinking in this important, emerging field of Jewish spiritual life.”
―Rabbi Nancy Flam, codirector of programs, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
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This book speaks to Jewish directors and directors of other faith traditions as well as providing an informative and knowledgeable base of information to those seeking more about the practice of Jewish spiritual direction. I highly recommend this book.