The Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook: A Guide to Understanding, Exploring & Living a Spiritual Life
What is “Jewish Spirituality”? How do I make it part of my life?Today’s foremost spiritual leaders share their ideas and experience. Whether you are just curious, intently searching for greater personal meaning, or actively seeking ideas, information, practices and inspiration to enrich your spiritual life, The Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook is the ideal companion for your journey as it explores:
- Awakening the Possibilities: What Is Jewish Spirituality?
- The Worlds of Your Life: Where Is Spirituality Found?
- The Times and Seasons of Your Life: When Does Spirituality Enter?
- Swords and Plowshares: How to Forge the Tools that Will Make It Happen
- So What Do You Do With It? Why Spirituality Should Be Part of Your Life
Published by: Jewish Lights | Publication date: 11/01/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 458 pages
In a mud hut in the Jewish Quarter of 16th-century Fez, a dying woman hands her granddaughter a heavy gold ring—and an even heavier secret.Five hundred years later, Alma Ben-Ami journeys to Madrid to fulfill her ancestor’s final wish. She has recruited an unlikely research partner: Manuel Aguilar, a young Catholic Spaniard whose beloved priest always warned him about getting too friendly with Jews. As their quest takes them from Greenwich Village to the windswept mountain fortresses of southern Spain, their friendship deepens and threatens to cross boundaries sacred to them both; and what they finally discover in the Spanish archives will force them to confront the truth about who they are and what their faiths mean to them.At times humorous, at times deeply moving, this beautifully written and meticulously researched book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of Inquisition-era Spain, Sephardic Jews, or falling in love."Engaging characters, a 500-year-old family mystery, and romance — what more could a reader want? I had a hard time putting it down!"— Maggie Anton, award-winning author of the Rashi’s Daughters trilogy“A well-researched and engaging debut — By Light of Hidden Candles is an enchanting read!”— Barbara Stark-Nemon, author of multiple-award-winner Even in Darkness
Published by: Kasva Press LLC | Publication date: 10/16/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Tormented Master: The Life and Spiritual Quest of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (Jewish Lights Classic Reprint)
“A major contribution to the understanding of Hasidic Wisdom and thought; it brings the reader closer to Hasidism’s greatest teller of tales.”—Elie Wiesel The search for spiritual meaning drives great leaders in all religions. This classic work explores the personality and religious quest of Nahman of Bratslav (1772–1810), one of Hasidism’s major figures. It unlocks the great themes of spiritual searching that make him a figure of universal religious importance. In this major biography, Dr. Arthur Green—teacher, scholar, and spiritual seeker—explores the great personal conflicts and inner torments that lay at the source of Nahman’s teachings. He reveals Nahman to have been marked at an early age by an exaggerated sense of sin and morbidity that later characterized his life and thought. While subject to rapid mood swings and even paranoia, Nahman is a model of spiritual and personal struggle who speaks to all generations. Green’s analysis of this troubled personality provides an important key to Nahman’s famous tales, making his teachings accessible for people of all faiths, all backgrounds. “If there is any single feature about Nahman’s tales, and indeed about Nahman’s life as well, that makes them unique in the history of Judaism, it is just this: their essential motif is one of quest. Nahman, both as teller and as hero of these tales, is Nahman the seeker. He has already told us, outside the tales, of his refusal ever to stand on any one rung, of his call for constant growth, of his need to open himself up to ever-new and more demanding challenges to his faith. The tales now affirm this endless quest…”—from Excursus II. The Tales
Published by: Jewish Lights | Publication date: 04/22/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 422 pages
What is Hanukkah? Should Christians celebrate it? Did Jesus celebrate it? How do we celebrate it? How can we make each night of Hanukkah more meaningful? What really happened with the Maccabees and their war against assimilation?These are all questions covered in our booklet, Eight Lights: A Hanukkah Devotional for Followers of Yeshua. This book merges the traditions of Hanukkah with a meaningful connection to our Messiah each of the eight nights. Yeshua is the Light of the World. He calls his disciples to take up that same function as well in that we should be reflecting his light. But how do we shine his light? Eight Lights focuses on answering this question in practical ways.Besides covering the basics of Hanukkah, its celebration, and Yeshua's connection with it, Eight Lights includes a devotional each night which will connect you and your family intimately with the life and teachings of our Master. Each night is focused on a single middah (character trait) exemplified in the life of Yeshua. Keeping our focus on discipleship, each night's devotion also contains discussion questions which will help facilitate dialog on ways to comprehend and imitate these traits seen within our Master. The book concludes with the entire text of the first book of Maccabees so that individuals and families can read the actual text of the battle against assimilation and the victory of God over His enemies.This book is divided into four chapters:1. Discover (an introduction to Hanukkah)2. Celebrate (the basics of how to celebrate Hanukkah)3. Reflect (Devotions for each night of Hanukkah)4. Remember (the complete book of 1 Maccabees)
Published by: Emet HaTorah | Publication date: 12/06/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 101 pages
As a founding member of the White Rose student resistance in Munich during World War II, Sophie Scholl helped write, produce and distribute thousands of anti-Nazi leaflets. Her boyfriend, Captain Fritz Hartnagel, was forced to pledge the Hitler Oath and serve in his army. Officer Hartnagel wrote to his girlfriend about his witness of SS and army atrocities. Both Fritz and Sophie were changed by their correspondence, translated here into English for the first time. Their relationship demonstrates the moral complexity of living in a totalitarian society, and is ultimately a timeless love story.
Published by: L&L Media | Publication date: 10/23/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Create a meaningful and happy Hanukkah in your home—with story, celebration, food and song. This newly-designed, easy-to-use edition of a classic spiritual sourcebook offers updated information, more family ideas, and new resources for every aspect of your holiday celebration. Information on every aspect of Hanukkah is covered, including:
- The story of Hanukkah
- Celebrating—for families of every constellation
- Songs and prayers in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish (with clear transliterations)
- Recipes for traditional and modern Hanukkah foods
- “December Dilemmas”—coping with other traditions’ celebrations
- Firsthand explanations and ideas from real-life families around America
Published by: Jewish Lights | Publication date: 05/02/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 226 pages
The past can cast a long shadow on a relationship.Susan Hay just wants to find a nice girl. Is that too much to ask? Susan thinks it is until she meets Ali Sams. To no one’s surprise, Susan, a long-haired femme, falls hard and fast for the cute and sexy soft butch who looks strangely familiar.Ali falls just as fast, but Susan realizes that the familiarity she feels is linked to a painful childhood incident that sends her running away. Ali doesn’t remember the incident, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to make things right. All Ali needs to do is get Susan to see her as more than who she was in the past, but Susan is not about to make that easy.Nice Jewish Girls is the twelfth book in the Lesbian Light Reads series, but each book stands alone. This lesbian contemporary love story includes graphic sex involving sex toys and is intended for adults only.
Published by: Tulabella Ruby Press | Publication date: 12/17/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 47 pages
An anthology of essays written by a wide cross-section of rabbis, Lights in the Forest presents a range of Jewish responses to both theological and philosophical questions pertaining to God, humanity, and the Jewish people. Thoughtful and engaging, these responses are meant to strengthen the reader's sense of Jewish identity through expanding his or her knowledge and understanding of Jewish life, practice, and tradition. Perfect for self-study, group study, adult learning, and conversion, the collection strives to encourage further study and ongoing discussion through presenting Judaism's intellectual and spiritual tools as means for leading a life full of purpose and commitment“Rabbi Israel of Rhyszin tells a story of two people entering a forest. One has a lantern while one does not. The two meet, and the one carrying the lantern is able to illuminate their shared path. When the two part, the one without a lantern is left in the dark once more. From this, we learn that we all must carry our own light. My hope is that this book will provide light along the path and, in so doing, will provide a wider horizon of Jewish tradition and ideals to light the way.”- Rabbi Paul Citrin, Editor
Published by: CCAR Press | Publication date: 10/30/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Every family has a story. Every story, eventually, must be told. For most of their lives, Julian Perel and his sister, Paula, lived in a house cast in silence, witnesses to a father struggling with a devastating secret too painful to share. Though their father took his demons to the grave, his past refuses to rest. As adults, brother and sister struggle to find their voices. A scientist governed by numbers and logic, Julian now lives an ordered life of routine and seclusion. My father gave up his language and his homeland. But he carried his sadness with him, under his skin. It was mine now. In contrast, Paula has entered the world as eagerly as Julian retracts from it. An aspiring opera singer, she is always moving, buoyant with sound. Singing was the only gift I could offer to my father. I filled the house with music. I tried to give him joy. . . .Yet both their lives begin to change on a Wednesday, miercoles, the day that sounds like miracles. Before embarking on a European opera tour, Paula asks her housekeeper, Sola, to stay at her place--and to look after Julian in the apartment above. Yet Sola, too, has a story. I want to clean myself like the window of a house, make myself clear for things to pass through. Flat and quiet. As Paula uncovers pieces of her father's early life in Budapest and the horrifying truth of his past, Julian bears witness to Sola's story--revelations that help all three learn how to both surrender and revere the shadows that have followed them for so long.The Speed of Light is a powerful debut about three unforgettable souls who overcome the tragedies of the past to reconnect with one another and the world around them. In an extraordinary accomplishment, Elizabeth Rosner has created a novel of love and redemption that proves the pain of the untold story is far greater than even the most difficult truth.From the Hardcover edition.
Published by: Ballantine Books | Publication date: 12/18/2007Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 276 pages
A welcoming introduction to the most important ideas in Judaism.In an age of fluid identity, many people are honestly asking the question "Why be Jewish?" What in this religious and ethnic legacy is worth preserving? Does Judaism have something unique to offer a contemporary seeker free to choose a way of life and a system of values?Here is the answer of a leading spiritual teacher who has faced these questions in conversation with generations of students. With warmth, humor, personal and rabbinic stories and down-to-earth explanations, Arthur Green presents the ideas in Judaism that kept him loyal to the tradition passed on to him. The result is an enticing look into timeless Jewish wisdom that will encourage you to explore further and search out the riches of Judaism for yourself.
Published by: Jewish Lights | Publication date: 09/04/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 112 pages