Introduction xi Part One: The Torah of Today 1. Oy, What a Word! 3 2. A Life in Time 35 3. Talking to God 74 4. The Meaning of Mitzvah 115 Part Two: The Torah of Tomorrow 5. A New Kind of Kosher 149 6. Why Be Jewish? 181 7. The Jewish Word for Hope 222 A Final Blessing 253 Glossary 255 Acknowledgments 264
Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi (z"l), the inspiration of the Jewish Renewal movement, is widely recognized as one of the most important Jewish spiritual teachers of our time. Professor at Temple University, he authored many books including Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit: Reb Zalman's Guide to Recapturing the Intimacy & Ecstasy in Your Relationship with God (both Jewish Lights); From Age-ing to Sage-ing and Wrapped in a Holy Flame. Joel Segel, editor of many books on spirituality, is coauthor (with Reb Zalman) of Jewish with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice and Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer.
"Zalman's teachings have inspired a generation of Jews, encouraging an open-hearted, open-minded Judaism. I count myself as one of his students, and commend this book to seekers of meaning and joy." -Anita Diamant, author, The Red Tent "Reb Zalman is the perfect teacher, not telling us what to believe or do, but opening doors for us to find our way." -Rabbi Harold Kushner, author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People "Blend[s] mysticism, scholarship and sechel into a unique and down-to-earth book for those who want to make Judaism their personal spiritual path. A book for anyone who wants to practice Judaism as a living religion." -Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings "The most important statement yet by one of the few contemporary figures who truly has a vision of how the world should work." -Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author, Jewish Literacy and The Book of Jewish Values