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Climbing Jacob's Ladder: One Man's Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition

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Jewish by birth, though from a secular family, Alan Morinis explored Hinduism and Buddhism as a young man. But in 1997, in the face of personal crisis, he turned to his Jewish heritage for guidance. In his reading he happened upon a Jewish spiritual tradition called Mussar. Gradually he realized that he had stumbled upon an insightful discipline for self-development, compl ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Trumpeter (first published April 16th 2002)
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Alan Morinis is a current-day religious seeker who found a practice that changed his life. He shares it in this somewhat memoir-ish book about his early practice of Mussar and the Orthodox yeshivah director who guided him on the path. Its practitioners nearly died out in the Holocaust; a few found their way to Queens, NY. Mr. Morinis sought them out, learned from them, and shares what he learned.
The book gives some examples of practices that he learned. These give some insight on how Mussar is
Jim George
I preferred his 2nd book on the same subject. This 1st book does give you the byline of his personal history, and how he was drawn to Mussar. There is a great depiction of his earliest teachers and teachings. Mussar is a centuries old religious system (Judaism) for straightening out one's personal life to sort of coincide with the enrichment and enlightenment of their soul's eternal life, by shoring up weaknesses in your real life, you naturally strengthen traits in your soul's life. (Accomplish ...more
Climbing Jacob's Ladder combines memoir and how-to guide in an unusual way. This outstanding book details Morinis's pursuit of self-awareness and -improvement through the tools of Mussar, an ancient Jewish strategy for character refinement. Unique among Mussar books, this relatively slim volume assumes little prior knowledge of Judaism, and is usable for non-Jews, secular Jews, and even those Orthodox Jews who are not already thoroughly immersed in the world of Mussar. Among self-awareness liter ...more
Brendan Howard
I needed this. I need this. It was here for me. It's easy to feel lonely in the world, as I take up again a quest to try to be a better person, to try to be a better me, to pursue internal truth and guidance and strength while the world calls for materialist obsession.
This is Morinis' first book on Mussar, in which he shares his story of discovering this little-known Jewish spiritual tradition and begins sharing its lessons. It's a moving story that inspired me to learn more about Mussar and how it can help me be a better person.
Erica Shufani
A wonderful book of Jewish spirituality in which the author goes back to his
Faith and finds a meaningful spiritual path in the faith he had put on the back burner
Daughters Of Abraham
Spiritual path and practices from within a Jewish tradition but applicable to all. Led to a good discussion about spiritual practices among all three faiths.
Interesting to learn about spiritual traditions in Judaism besides Zohar.
Excellent and thought provoking. It was inspirational.
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