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Everything Is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism

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This exploration of the radical, yet ancient, idea that everything and everyone is God will transform how you understand your life and the nature of religion itself. While God is conventionally viewed as an entity separate from us, there are some Jews--Kabbalists, Hasidim, and their modern-day heirs--who assert that God is not separate from us at all. In this nondual view, ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Trumpeter (first published 2009)
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Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Early in the book, the author poses a startling question: If everything is God, why be Jewish?

A good question, once you’ve accepted the premise of nonduality, which is:

What we call God is simply a name for Existence. If you strip away the layers, at the core of everything you will find Him, It, You, God. Name it what you will, it is simply Being. It is Oneness. It cannot be defined, or delineated, and it definitely cannot be attributed desires, expectations, and moods.

The God we’ve come to know
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing books about nondual/neo-Hasidic judiasm I've ever read. If you know nothing about this ancient strain of Jewish thought, this book will blow your mind; if you're familiar with these ideas, it is a wonderfully written summation of the non-dualist philosophy and how it can inform, revolutionize, and imbue traditional Jewish practice.

I just re-read this book in one sitting on the first day of 2016 as a reminder of how deep are the truths contained within. It's always go
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I came into this knowing only the basics about nondualism and very little about Jewish theology, and I found it all really fascinating. The writing is pretty clear for a topic that easily ventures into the hopelessly vague, drawing explicitly on sources from inside and outside of Judaism. I definitely want to put some more thought into some of the practice he describes.
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Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Writing about non-duality is akin to giving a speech about the power of silence. To do either well requires a rare blend of eloquence, experience, imagination and patience. Ivan Illich managed to speak about the power of silence in just this way, which is transcribed and published in his excellent book In the Mirror of the Past: Lec. Michaelson writes about non-duality with equal deft.

"Everything is God" beautifully spans a distance between scholarship and personal journey. Michaelson writes fro
Michael Doyle
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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This is such a great and a "meh" book at the same time. The nondual religious perspective will be no surprise to anyone with a background in the practice or study of eastern traditions like Buddhism or Hinduism. I have that background, and I ended up a Jew-by-Choice because at one point my inner sense of a somewhat intercessionary Deity no longer jibed with the God-absent (or at least, intercessionary God-absent) nondual perspective.

From my point of view--which I still hold to be a nondual view,
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
There's a lot of good stuff in here, but one line seems to sum up the author's approach, "If we only perform rituals that give us a certain feeling, then we are mistaking a certain feeling for God."

Isn't that what Jay Michaelson does? It seems to me that he models his observance level, not on Hasidic masters like the Baal Shem Tov or the Lubavitcher Rebbe, but on writers like Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel (beautiful writers and profound intellects) who made compromises with the modern
Jeneba Charkey
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I feel the passion and the brilliance but I do not feel the warmth and the affection. My own "personal" relationship with the Divine is based upon more than mere intellectual appreciation, so although I find the writing and the train of thought to be compelling, I also find it to be chilly. Might try again to finish it, but....
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Review of the book appeared in the Forward, Erev Sukkot, 2 October 2009. The book comes out in pb on 13 Oct (, $12.78)
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Jay Michaelson is the author of Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism (Shambhala), as well as two other books and over 200 articles. A columnist for the Forward, Huffington Post, and Tikkun, Michaelson was recently named to the Forward 50 list of the most influential Jewish leaders in America. He is also executive director of Nehirim, a national nonprofit organization of GLBT Jews ...more