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Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians

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A window into the Jewish soul--written especially for Christians.

"I invite you to explore with me some of the rich and varied expressions of the Jewish spiritual imagination. It is a tradition that may at times, for Christians, feel strangely familiar and will, for Christians and Jews, always challenge you to see yourself and your world through a new lens."
--from the Intro
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Jewish Lights Publishing (first published July 31st 2001)
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Dec 27, 2010 Zack rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
Emphasis on "brief." There are a few lovely stories to read here, but on the whole I find myself knowing roughly as much about Jewish spirituality now as I thought I did before I read it. Maybe I'm asking for too much from an overview of one of the oldest religious traditions on Earth condensed into 100 pages. But if he were limiting himself to the format of prolonged essay, he might have laid it out better or provided a better introductory section. Also, the "...for Christians" part of the titl ...more
Nicholas Bradley
Oct 12, 2007 Nicholas Bradley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians wanting to understand the Jewish people more
I read this book following the recommendation of Rob Bell, pastor at Mars Hill church and creator of the popular Nooma videos, and I enjoyed. It is written by a Jewish man who has an appreciation for the Christian world thanks to a relationship he has with a Pastor and their willingness to be open and honest with eachother. It gives insights as to what and HOW the Jewish people believe and think. It is great for bridging the gap that exists between the JEwish and Christian people. There were som ...more
Dec 30, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
I found this to be a lovely book full of beautiful stories that express Jewish values. Chapters are typically three to five pages and would make good readings to open a discussion circle or religious education class. You can read the whole thing in forty-five minutes, but you could spend a lot longer thinking about the concepts that Rabbi Kushner explores. One thing I would make clear: this book really is just about Jewish spirituality; it doesn't describe Jewish history or outline the customs a ...more
May 29, 2016 Drick rated it really liked it
This think text by Rabbi Larry Kushner was surprisingly full of insights. Kushner is a great writer and sprinkled his explanation of Jewish spirituality with Hasidic tales. As a Christian used to focusing on the meaning of the Biblical text, Kushner's use of Scripture and explanation of Jewish belief was very illuminating and gave me a great appreciation for an area I thought I understood, but clearly did not.

I count this book as a pleasant surprise! While not deeply thought provoking, it spurre
Mar 21, 2011 Jonathan rated it did not like it
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner has written a platitudinous and vague book about Jewish spirituality, which is more likely to confuse than clarify for all but the most abstract-minded people. The sole exception is his afterword, which does get down to some specifics of Jewish thought, but it has a defensive feel, like it is written to fend of those offensive Christian proselytizers. Having grown up in Baptist country, I understand why one might feel this way, but I do not think it is especially helpful.
Gianna Rendon
Aug 04, 2013 Gianna Rendon rated it it was amazing
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This is a good introduction to Jewish Spirituality. I like how the rabbi explained Jewish teachings and beliefs using words and phrases Christians can understand. I definitely want to read more about the Jewish Tradition because of this book.
Sara Cat
Jul 12, 2014 Sara Cat rated it really liked it
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probably not what most of its readers was looking for, however it is an excellent collection of midrashim. Kushner is always a excellent author and is one of his nice little pieces. I may buy a copy to keep on hand.
Daniel Butcher
Apr 27, 2011 Daniel Butcher rated it really liked it
Brief, easy to read overview.
Feb 03, 2010 Tom rated it really liked it
A fun little book that provides some valuable insight into some long held Christian beliefs.
Aaron Carlberg
He's a Jewish mystic, but it's a good book.
Nov 16, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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My favorite section is entitled "Hands of God ". Very engaging book.
Mar 08, 2016 Drew rated it liked it
An easy read and I'm glad I read it.
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