Revolution of Jewish Spirit How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform Your Synagogue & Inspire Your Jewish Community
(Jewish Lights Publishing 2012)
Prepare to revive your Jewish community with the transformative power of the Divine Spirit.
Growing numbers of Jews have become disengaged with the religion of their birth. They feel that Judaism fails to speak to them in meaningful ways, and that Jewish institutions and communities have become both stagnant and reactive.
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, one of the most inspirational and motivational Jewish leaders in America today, and congregant Ellen Frankel, author and dynamic speaker, offer a proactive response for reengaging Jews, reclaiming Judaism, and reviving Jewish community. They draw from the great success of HaLevi’s congregation Shirat Hayam in Greater Boston to show what is possible when divine spirit is central to the Jewish experience.
They identify the difference between a living synagogue and a dying synagogue and offer methods of reviving Jewish spiritual centers, federations, Jewish community centers, Jewish institutions and synagogues that serve as the heart of the Jewish tradition. They offer practical strategies for sustaining and expanding transformation, including tips for providing impassioned leadership, inspired programming, and inviting sacred spaces.
(Pearlsong Press 2011)
Prince Siddhartha, raised behind palace walls and showered with every extravagance, abandoned his protected life to embark on a spiritual journey. He ultimately reached enlightenment, and became known as the Buddha--which means one who is awake--and spent his life teaching that everyone has the potential to awaken…
2,500 years later in the cloistered world of suburbia, meet Syd Arthur! Syd is a middle-aged Jewish woman who ispotentially awake, but likes to start her day with a strong cup of coffee, just in case. Her daughter has just left for college, and her diet is once again off track.
While for most of her life she has been convinced that happiness can be attained by a magical number on the bathroom scale—or a really great shopping day at Bloomingdales—she finds herself in the grocery store with an empty shopping cart wondering if there just might be something more. After a tragic accident shakes her town and stirs up long buried pain, Syd finds herself questioning the meaning of her life.
When East unexpectedly meets West, she embarks on a journey as a spiritual seeker ignoring her Mah Jongg groups’ insistence that this is merely a midlife crisis.
Soon Syd is in over her chakras as her search takes her from the yoga studio, to the meditation hall, to the ashram’s gift store and to the pages of the Zensational catalogue. But once she discovers how to sift through the fluff and reach to the core, nothing can stop her journey toward Nirvana, not even the hottest sale at Nordstrom’s.
Follow Syd as she finds her bliss and discovers a richness that rivals a Godiva truffle, making for one delicious enlightenment.