New Jewish Publishing House
Reclaiming Judaism Press offers first book.
-- Ellen G. Witman
Reclaiming Judaism Press recently announced the publication of “Seeking and
Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Direction,” a festschrift
(celebratory volume) in honor of Rabbi Shohama Wiener, the founder and director
of Hashpa'ah: The ALEPH ordination program in Jewish Spiritual Direction. This
book is the first offering of the newest renewal publishing house, created by
Rabbi Goldie Milgram as part of
ReclaimingJudaism.com. (Rabbi Milgram is also the Living Judaism section
editor for the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.)
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi wrote the introduction to “Seeking and Soaring:
Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Direction;” Rabbi Milgram was the editor. The
book provides a fascinating opportunity to meet and appreciate many of the
leading Jewish spiritual directors, teachers and scholars of our time.
Advances in the field of Hashpa'ah, Jewish spiritual direction, are
carefully presented with special attention to key issues including session
structure, boundaries, supervision, grieving, fear, impulse, addictions,
middot and mussar (cultivation of personal ethical qualities) and serving as
a doula to the dying. Teachings also present traditional and contemporary Jewish
practices regarding intercession, angels, guides, and sacred stories. Unique
populations addressed include Holocaust survivors, B'nai Mitzvah students,
couples, and those seeking to renew their Jewish spiritual connection.
User-friendly scholarly translations occur throughout, as well as guides to
working with rare pieces of Jewish spiritual literature.
Chapter authors include the following scholars, clergy and Jewish spiritual
guides: Philadelphia residents Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison, Dr. Barbara Eve
Breitman, Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Rabbi Marcia Prager, and Dr. Sandra Cohen, as
well as Rabbi Anne Brener, Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz, Rabbi Wayne Dosick, Mashpi'ah
Ellen Kaufman Dosick, Rabbinic Pastor Shulamit Fagan, Mashpi'ah Estelle Frankel,
Rabbi Elliot Ginsburg, Rabbi Shefa Gold, Rabbi Nadya Gross, Rabbi Chaya
Gusfield, Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan,
Rabbinic Pastor David Daniel Klipper, Rabbi Joyce Reinitz, Mashpi'ah Melinda
Ribner, Mashpi'ah Carola de Vries Robles, Mashpi'ah Carol Rose, Rabbi Zalman
Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel, Rabbi Shohama
Harris Wiener, Rabbi David Zaslow and Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit.
Proceeds from all sales go to benefit a scholarship fund for students in the
Hashpa'ah Program. Although a variety of web vendors sell these books, purchase
this link ensures that the majority of profits go to the scholarship
program. The publication of “Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual
Direction” shortly before Hanukkah is not a coincidence; the contributing
authors and editor think this volume will make a wonderful gift for Hanukkah and
many life cycle events. They also believe that rabbis and other leaders of the
Jewish community, as well as clergy of other faiths, will appreciate reading
this book because it can help them consider the value of Jewish spiritual
direction for themselves and those they serve.
Many of the chapter authors and Rabbi Milgram are available to offer spiritual
direction panels, talks, workshops, and sessions. For additional information
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