Longing: Jewish Meditations on a Hidden God

Longing: Jewish Meditations on a Hidden God

by Justin David

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Longing is a universal human experience, born of the inevitable gulf between dream and reality, what we need and what we have. While the experience of longing may arise from loss or the awareness of a void in one's life, it may also become a powerful engine of spiritual growth, prompting one to draw closer to the hidden yet present "Other." Across the range of Jewish teachings, longing takes center stage in one's spiritual life. From the Bible through current frontiers in Jewish belief and practice, God is both known and unknown, immediate and remote, present and in constant eclipse. This book captures the sense of longing in Jewish tradition by creating a dialogue between the author's own struggles with an estranged father and a wide range of traditional and contemporary sources. Focusing on the story of the Hebrew prophet Elisha, the book takes the reader through a journey of abandonment, creative destruction, and ultimately repair and healing, engaging with currents in biblical theology, rabbinic thought, Kabbalah, and contemporary Jewish philosophy. Written in a familiar yet probing style, this book is an accessible introduction to Jewish thought and spirituality as well as a thoughtful companion for more experienced students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532631368
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Justin David is Rabbi of Congregation B'nai Israel in Northampton, MA.  He has published numerous articles and essays on Jewish thought, social justice, and spiritual comfort.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Beginnings

Chapter 1 Pulling Away 17

Chapter 2 Turning Toward 39

Chapter 3 Finding a Voice 56

Part 2 Shattering the Vessels

Chapter 4 Only I-You 79

Chapter 5 God Is Not God 99

Chapter 6 Sifting through the Broken Images 115

Part 3 Tikkun/Integration

Chapter 7 Finding Self and Community 143

Chapter 8 Toward the Other 163

Chapter 9 God as Ineffable 190

Epilogue-God as Everything and Nothing 207

Bibliography 215

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