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Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life Paperback – September 18, 2007
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"Provocative, engaging and transforming, Yearnings is a shofar blast of a book that will open your eyes and stir you, inspiring you to break free of inertia and move forward in your spiritual evolution."
"At a time when religion is too often associated with absolutism and extremism, Kula combines ancient Jewish teachings and contemporary insights to articulate a practical, spiritual path that embraces uncertainty, complexity and tolerance."
"This wonderful book does what so many like it fail to do: it embraces the magic of day-to-day living, the spirituality that can be found in our questions, our mistakes, our passions and our doubts. Life is indeed messy, but as Rabbi Irwin Kula shows us, sorting through it is what transforms us to higher ground, and there is wisdom in how the heart approaches what it yearns"
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Gail points out that, as a Jewish woman, this book touched her -- but I can also recommend this to a broader audience, as well.
The entire concept of the book is fresh and appealing because -- let's be honest -- most of us do not lead perfectly organized lives. Our lives are not only messy -- they're filled with ambiguity and daily friction. We love our family, for example, but we question -- and sometimes deeply disagree -- with some family members. The messiness extends further into our workplaces, communities and world.
Rabbi Kula is trying to provide a spiritual framework for accepting that messiness as part of life's pilgrimage. Rather than trying to escape it, he argues, we should realize that a certain messiness is the fabric of life itself. The challenge is where we will allow our yearnings to carry us in this pilgrimage through the mess.
If you have any interest at all in a real understanding of God and life, please read this book. Rabbi Irwin Kula shares wonderful insights and wisdom into why our perception and expectations of life are they way they are. He also helps readers to see the simplicity of our personal universe when given another, perhaps more considered, viewpoint.
There is a lot of rich material for thought and enlightenment here, so take your time and enjoy what Rabbi Kula teaches. For me it was like eating a great meal, every mouthful to be savored and all the food healthy and nourishing.
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I am studying for a Bat Mitzvah and I am looking to increase my overall knowledge and appreciation of Judaism and all it has to offer.Published 2 months ago by LawyerLady
I've purchased thirty copies of this book to give away. It's that good.Published 5 months ago by T. A. Parkhurst
I loved this book. Rabbi Kula's style is down to earth, filled with wisdom both biblical and practical, and his thesis that our task is to yearn , that this propels us and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pastor
Rabbi Kula has a unique way of translating overly complicated traditional explanations for rituals into relevant, meaningful and direct explanations as to why certain rituals and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ira Krawitz
This is an adult and insightful view of the Torah and Judaism from the viewpoint of a personal, scholarly and introspective life.Published 15 months ago by S. Edwin Fineberg
I am a spiritual person but do not have a specific dogma. I found this book to be a beautiful interpretation of the stories of the Bible in their philosophical significance - and... Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by Erin
This seems to be yet another piece of "my memoirs" of another Rabbi who wants to fulfill himself. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by shanadad