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Open Secrets

The Letters of Reb Yerachmiel ben Yisrael
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Monkfish
 | 
September, 2004
ISBN:
9780974935928
Quantity: 
1
$19.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The fictional East European Hasidic master Reb Yerachmiel writes to his Hasid Herschel who has moved to
America
, in response to his student’s questions about God, what it means to be Jewish, whether all religions are true, death, the soul, good deeds, intermarriage and more. At the urging of his own rebbe (Zalman Schachter-Shalomi), Shapiro, through these letters, creates “a Judaism for people who wish to learn from it as they do from Buddhism or Sufism, a Judaism for everyone.” With its useful glossary, Open Secrets is not only a great way to introduce readers to the essence and depth of Judaism, but also, in the words of Thomas Keating, “would make a good launching point for discussion among teachers of the most advanced spiritual disciplines of the world religions.”

The Sabbath puts the past to rest. The Sabbath is only about being in the present.

You and I spend most of our time in the past. The rest we spend in the future. We are always mulling over what was and worrying about what will be. But not on Shabbat. On Shabbat we let both the past and the future alone, and simply luxuriate in the present. This is the true meaning of the Shabbat rest.

“...invites us into the most intimate of settings, the whispered wisdom passed from an authentic Hasidic master to his student. It radiates warmth, passion for the Divine and earthy confidence in sacredness. A treasure for the spiritual seeker of any tradition.” —Judith Simmer-Brown, author of Dakini’s Warm Breath  

“Don’t let the small size of this precious book fool you, It’s a rare jewel, a powerhouse of spiritual wisdom that you can read and reread.” —Joan Borysenko, author of A Woman’s Journey to God

 

Publisher’s Description: 

. . . a rare jewel, a powerhouse of spiritual wisdom that you can read and reread.Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. author of A Womans Journey to God and Seven Paths to God

[Open Secrets] invites us into the most intimate of settings, the whispered wisdom passed from an authentic Hasidic master to his student. It radiates warmth, passion for the divine, and earthy confidence in sacredness. A treasure for the spiritual seeker of any tradition. Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University, author of Dakinis Warm Breath

Open Secrets is my favorite way to introduce readers to the essence and depth of Judaism.Bo Lozoff, author and founder of the Human Kindness Foundation

A master teacher.Thomas Keating

"A prophetic voice for a 21st-century JudaismReb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

The fictional East European Hasidic Master Reb Yerachmeil writes to his hasid Herschel who has moved to America, in response to his students perennial questions about God, what it means to be Jewish, whether all religions are true, about death, the soul, good deeds, intermarriage and more. The rebbe writes, My Judaism seeks only the heart of the teaching and the essence of the practice and leaves the details to others. At the urging of his own rebbe, Shapiro, through these letters, creates a . . . a Judaism for people who wish to learn from it as they do from Buddhism or Sufism, a Judaism for everyone.

Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro is regarded as one of the most creative voices in contemporary American Judaism. He is an award-winning poet and essayist, and his liturgies are used in prayer services throughout North America. His previous books include Minyan: 10 Principles for Living a Life of Integrity and The Way of Solomon: Finding Joy and Contentment in the Wisdom of Ecclesiastes.

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