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Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat Paperback – July 1, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The Judaism that Rabbi Milgram describes growing up with—"desiccated, disappointing, depressing, and quite frankly, boring"—is what she hopes to counteract in this guide to Jewish holidays and Shabbat, designed to restore the soul of the tradition through a variety of Jewish practices. Structured as a tasting menu with "recipes" to enrich religious experience, the book is divided into two lopsided parts: holidays (150 pages) and Shabbat (30 pages), followed by a 20-page glossary. Each chapter explains history and customs, provides contemporary relevance, presents creative perspectives and raises provocative questions. Milgram, a self-described "postdenominational, or reconformadox" rabbi and teacher, promotes a Judaism that is "inclusive, egalitarian, nonhierarchical [and] nontriumphalist," but sometimes New Agey and overly saccharine. (An example of a "forgiveness call" before Yom Kippur begins: "Sandra? This is Reb Goldie. I feel there is some negative energy between us....") Milgram proposes Sukkot visualizations, especially for those who work indoors all day, allowing them to reconnect to nature; a "spiritual menu" for a Passover seder; a "Shabbat box" in which to deposit cell phones, TV remotes and disruptive thoughts that belong to the workday world; and even a meditation for preparing and baking challah. For those who want to sample Judaism's sensible and spiritual diet, Milgram's guide whets the appetite, pointing them toward enjoying the entire meal.
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"Can help readers infuse their lives with meaningful Jewish practice."
―Reporter (Binghamton, NY)
"Reb Goldie's 'recipes' for accessing a more visceral Judaism are clear enough for those new to Jewish practice and deep and fresh enough to challenge old timers."
―Vanessa L. Ochs, Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish studies, University of Virginia; author, The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams
“Reb Goldie has done us a great service: In her book and in her work in person she helps us to bring heart and soul to our involvement in Jewish life.”
―Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, author, First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit: Reb Zalman’s Guide to Recapturing the Intimacy & Ecstasy in Your Relationship with God
“Rabbi Goldie Milgram always brings new insights with great wisdom and compassion. I highly recommend her book.”
―Rabbi David A. Cooper, author, God Is a Verb and The Handbook of Jewish Meditation Practices: A Guide for Enriching the Sabbath and Other Days of Your Life
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I went to it again at Passover, for inspiration on how to create a Seder that would be meaningful to the three year old at our table, and the newly widowed 86 year old. Rabbi Milgram infuses her concepts with so much love and playfulness - we all dressed up as Jews from Moses day! Everyone loved the dress-up. The little one was unable to ask the four questions, but he was absolutely thrilled to order "let my people go" to a big doll we had dressed up as pharoah.
This book teaches how to bring Judaism alive - make it participatory for all, fun, relevant, current, and honor G-d and our relationship with Him and each other.
It is the "jewel" of my library - a handbook I could not now be without.