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If you are looking for a path to a more fulfilled and meaningful life with Judaism, A Book of Life is an accessible, clear guide to applying the principles of Judaism day to day.
A Book of Life makes clear the connection from modern life to ancient traditions and principles and provides a means to apply them in a meaningful, substantive way.
Readers praise the writing calling it well-written, accessible and comprehensive. Easy to read and easy to apply, A Book of Life will give you the means to feel greater closeness and understanding to Jewish principles in every day life.
If you have questions about what Judaism really is and why your family does the things you have always known, A Book of Life provides clear answers and explanations of the origin of traditions top add meaning to modern life.
If you are struggling to make sense of the world and to find peace in it, A Book of Life makes the spiritual principles of Judaism applicable in a real way to give you greater understanding and confidence in the traditions and principles of Judaism.
— Dr. Arthur Green, rector of the Rabbinical School, Hebrew College, and author of Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow
— Rabbi David Ellenson, president, Hebrew UnionCollege–Jewish Institute of Religion
— Sylvia Boorstein, author of Pay Attention, For Goodness’ Sake
This is the best book I have read on the basis of Judaism without negativity or judgment. It is very easy to read and a great intro book for people who wish to learn about basics or as a refresher.”
Absolute must for the "New Jew," and "Cradle Jews" alike
A well-written, comprehensive introduction to Judaism. Stassfeld manages to respect tradition while allowing for innovation and greater inclusiveness
Definitely a book I come back to time and time again.”
This, by far, is my favorite book because it gets right down to a discussion of how to lead your life every day
Michael Strassfeld, coauthor of the three volumes of The Jewish Catalog and of A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah and author of The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary, is the rabbi of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a synagogue in Manhattan.
For all the cycles of life, best-selling author Rabbi Michael Strassfeld presents traditional Jewish teachings as a guide to behavior and values.
Where the tradition is replete with rituals (for example, the Sabbath), he describes them and shows how they can enrich spiritual living.
Where rituals are sparse or nonexistent (for example, returning home at the end of the workday), he suggests new ones gleaned from his own study and experience. Strassfeld also brings the principles of "insight meditation" to Jewish life, using this practice to recover and reconstruct Judaism's spiritual dimension.
He describes a Judaism that encourages within us a spiritual awareness as we participate in both traditional Jewish practices and the mundane activities of daily life.
By engaging with Jewish tradition in ways that recapture its original kavanah, or intention, we will, Strassfeld maintains, achieve the two fundamental goals of Judaism-to become better human beings and to be in God's presence.
6 x 9 in. | Paperback. | 544 Pages | by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld