- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Jewish Lights (August 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580232566
- ISBN-13: 978-1580232562
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Meaning & Mitzvah: Daily Practices for Reclaiming Judaism through Prayer, God, Torah, Hebrew, Mitzvot and Peoplehood
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Each practice guide herein is an opportunity.
Judaism is not meant to function as a cult.
No one can lock you into any particular denomination.
There's no one right way.
Jewish culture offers many variations on practices.
Different niches, even several niches, within Judaism may serve your soul at different points in your life.
It's holy and healthy to experiment and explore.
Meaning & Mitzvah provides a framework for understanding the powerful and often unexplained intellectual, emotional and spiritual tools that are essential for a lively, relevant and fulfilling Jewish spiritual practice. Whether new to Judaism, deeply engaged, or returning with curiosity and hope after a long absence, you will learn how to reconnect with prayer, God, Torah, Hebrew, mitzvot, and the Jewish People.
This fresh and delightful guide to contemporary Judaism resonates with today's way of living. Rabbi Milgram, a well-known pioneer in Jewish education and innovation, solidly grounds her teachings in a context of religious pluralism with careful attention to both tradition and cutting-edge developments across the full spectrum of Jewish life. You will be richly empowered to create more sacred and meaningful relationships with these aspects of Judaism.
About the Author
Rabbi Goldie Milgram is founder and executive director of ReclaimingJudaism.org, offering seminars and Web-based resources on the application of Jewish spiritual practice for spiritual seekers and teachers. Passionate about bringing spirituality back into Jewish life, she is well known for over thirty years of innovations in Jewish life―in contexts as diverse as Esalen, Elat Chayyim, Princeton University and Bard College, the United Jewish Communities, Hadassah Foundation, and in the training of rabbis and cantors for almost seven years as dean at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York City. She is also author of Living Jewish Life Cycle: How to Create Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life; Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat; Meaning and Mitzvah: Daily Practices for Reclaiming Judaism through Prayer, God, Torah, Hebrew, Mitzvot and Peoplehood (both Jewish Lights); and Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah: A Personal Approach to Creating a Meaningful Rite of Passage.
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Toxified as a young adult by Hebrew school, now, as an adult, when I was gifted with Meaning and Mitzvah, I couldn't put it down. Last year, when I read R'Milgram's first book, my reaction was the same. I give her books as Hanukkah, wedding and bar/bat mitzvah presents and to those intermarried or considering converting to Judaism.
Writing this as a person who was not born a Jew and is in the middle of the conversion process I cannot express my gratitude enough for the fine work that Rabbi Goldie has done.
I'm certainly not suggesting that these books were written with a convert in mind, but as I write this I'm beginning to think that maybe in some ways she did have converts in mind. What I mean is this book is called reclaiming but I'll bet you for a lot of Jews who pick it up it's really about rebirth or maybe even conversion, in that probably some of the Jews by birth who pick up and read this book actually begin a journey. A Journey of conversion into a new more heartfelt spiritual Judaism, one that resonates at a personal level and which maybe very different than the Judaism of their childhood
At any rate I digress because I have no idea and so I will take it back to me.
I have been and I'm sure will continue to be very satisfied with the thoroughness of my instruction via the conversion process, but having said that reading and working with the material in this book has brought my conversion experience to an entirely different level. Reading this book has allowed me to begin working with practices slowly and gradually in an honest and heartfelt way and has truly enriched the conversion process for me.
This book has allowed me to take the more academic/official learning accomplished in my conversion course and explore it and apply it very personally in my own life. For example as I take on more of the Jewish life outside of Temple Rabbi Goldie's book provides me with a context for taking on new practices and rituals in an easy-to-understand yet extremely personal way.
This book has helped me begin to live life more Jewishly, for example following the suggestions in her book I had a small ceremony where I put up a Mezuzah in my home and it has dramatically changed how I relate to the space in that I now treat it in a more sacred fashion. I've also begun wearing a Kippah both in and outside of Temple, and the deciding factor was the way Rabbi Goldie presented it as a practice of mindfulness (my term not hers) in that it was a tool that would change not only how I related to others but how they related to me.
Oh, I could go on and on, but I'm sure you all get my point the book is excellent and I highly recommend it, and whether your an old Jew, a new Jew or not a Jew, this book is filled with insightful information that not only makes living a life more Jewishly, not only easy but also enjoyable and truly transformative.
this book would make a great bar/bat mitzvah gift, or for someone who is looking to re-connect with judaism.