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Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology

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The new Jewish spirituality lies somewhere between God's elusive presence in our world and our search for authentic language to describe it. Personal journeys seldom have a clear beginning, and they rarely have a definite end. If there is an end to our journey, surely it is one that leads to some measure of wisdom, and thence back to its own beginning. But somewhere along

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Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published June 29th 2011 by Jewish Lights (first published 1992)
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Sellyndavies
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On my top 10 list of Jewish books...changed my conceptualization of God, captures some of the sense of awe, amazement, or power I am looking for in making that connection. YHVH as described by the author is vaguely similar to AGNI in Hindu thought - Creation as a movement from pure Being into manifestation, emanating at different levels of emergence.
Aryeh
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall worth the read, with some caveats. Some parts of this were full of new insights, completely radical ways of thinking, even to me. Some parts I didn't agree with (some of the theological conclusions), and some aspects were actually annoying. The lack of references throughout (which Green says is to not distract the reader from the message) I found really bothersome, especially when it was unclear when ideas were his or he was referencing someone else. Yes, some references are included at ...more
Alex
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judaica
I can forsee myself coming back to this book a few times, for the same reason that I only gave it three stars - I found the ground-laying chapters of each sections infuriating and frequently wishy-washy, but agreed with a strong majority of Green's conclusions. I've been told this is one of his more difficult books, so I look forward to reading others (particularly Radical Judaism) and seeing if they illuminate his reasoning more. But that disparity in my reactions means there's something I need ...more
Shira
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read, probably worth another look next year, particularly at locations 414-18 at 17% which seems to be marked 2426 on the very old Kindle I borrowed to read this, where he cites rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel saying that every person, every single living (why living and not also those who have already passed before us?) breathing human being is the image of G-d.
Hmmm...
Not sure I really want to agree with that...
Michael
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were many times that I found, almost unexpectedly, a beautiful formulation of faith and/or religious practice that fit with my own that I never quite know how to explain. Don't let the size deceive you- the book is short and the chapters small, but there's so much here that it takes a while to *really* read it!
Andrew Ward
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm interested in mysticism in general so this book about Jewish mysticism was right up my alley. Very short easy to get through chapters with an easy to follow and comprehend writing style. I enjoyed this book and it will stay on the shelf as a reference book.
Kate Irwin-smiler
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judaica
I can't really write a review of this yet. I have about 20 bookmarks stuck in that I need to go back & look at. I borrowed this copy from my rabbi & while I was grateful for his marginal notes I think I need my own copy. This is a re-reader.
Librarylady90
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provides an accessible and welcome guide to contemporary thoughts on Jewish spirituality. Green describes himself as "neo-Hassidic" in the sense that he takes the level of personal involvement with the divine and finds joy and love in that place. This book movingly describes how we should see each of ourselves as part of the divine, working to find the sparks of light to bring wholeness and unity to the world, humanity, and God.

I read this book over a long period of time because each
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Riobhcah
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book outlines a revitalizing and non-dual path for Judaism. Hopefully, this will bring back a to life a wonderful faith that all too often, especially in the western world, seems to have become lost in ritual and to have lost its ties to spirituality. Bravo, Rabbi Green! I definitely am going to read your other books on this subject.
Emmylovesyou
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully sophisticated mystic Jewish theology that condense Rabbi Green's knowledge of kabbalistic traditions into an accessible, clear work. Wonderful.
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