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On The Wings Of Shekhinah

Rediscovering Judaism's Divine Feminine
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Quest
 | 
August, 2008
ISBN:
9780835608619
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One effect of rising interest in the Kabbalah is a renewed focus on the Shekhinah, Judaism’s divine feminine principle. Written with warmth and clarity, On the Wings of Shekhinah interweaves historical views of this concept with thoughtful quotes and guided meditations. Rabbi Leah Novick offers healing strategies for both Jews and non-Jews turned off by rigid gender roles. Awareness of the Shekhinah’s energy within and around us helps bring hope to a planet afflicted by war, violence, and environmental abuse—this book shows how to find and use that energy.

Denied and suppressed for thousand of years, the Divine Feminine returns at a time when the breakdown of traditional belief leaves us desperate for love, for security, for protection, for wisdom, for meaning. It leaves us yearning for a nurturing and cultivation of our whole being, that we might be adequate stewards of the coming planetary civilization.

“Luminious and astute, this invaluable resource follows the journey of the Shekhinah through Jewish scripture, Midrash, and Kabbalah, concluding with her rise among Jewish feminists who understand that the Feminine Face of God is necessary to the health both of soul and world. Rabbi Novick also offers profound visualizations to help us connect personally with the Shikhinah. At the heart of the Mystery we discover Shekhinah as our hope, our beckoning evolutionary vision, and our point of contact with the spiritual genius that resides within each of us.” —Jean Houston, author of Jump Time

Leah Novick, a pioneer in restoring the Feminine to contemporary Judaism, is active in the Jewish Renewal movement.

Publisher’s Description: 

One effect of rising interest in the Kabbalah is a renewed focus on the Shekhinah, Judaism's divine feminine principle. Written with warmth and clarity, "On the Wings of Shekhinah" interweaves historical views of this concept with thoughtful quotes and guided meditations.Drawing from Jewish history and scripture and elements of the natural world, Rabbi Novick reveals the feminine face of God, Shekhinah. This mystical figure is found in many religious traditions, but until recently has merely been alluded to by the patriarchal religions. Novick traces the evolution of the Divine Feminine from the ancient Middle East through the Zohar and the Kabbalists of 13th and 14th-century Spain to the past half-century, when women at last began to re-emerge as leaders in their religious communities. 256 pp.

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