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By Merle Feld

ISBN-10: 079147187X

ISBN-13: 9780791471876

ISBN-10: 1435611802

ISBN-13: 9781435611801

Comprises new and up to date fabric, in addition to a readers' consultant with questions for writing and chat groups. The revised variation of this liked vintage incorporates a readers' and writers' consultant to facilitate publication team conversations and casual grownup schooling, and likewise deals activates for private journaling exploration. Merle Feld's emotionally robust prose and hugely obtainable poetry open the hearts of readers of every age and non secular persuasions who're touring throughout the cycle of existence and sharing within the look for which means.

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We were all away together on retreat, had eaten a big meal, and although most people helped to clear the table, the men then rushed into the meeting room to continue whatever deep spiritual discussion we were in the midst of. Faced with a cleanup for over twenty people, I exploded at the two least threatening students in the group. Hadn’t everyone eaten? Who were we women, the servants? I think that, most importantly, this incident reminds me how men and women at that time were just beginning to learn together what sexism was, were thinking with a sudden urgency that old patterns and attitudes might undermine a contemporary Jewish utopia, that to radicalize and empower a passive, rabbi-centered American Jewish community also implied breaking down the hierarchies that sexism imposed.

Every year or two after that when she was recovering a kitchen counter or the seat of the kitchen step stool, the hamper would get spruced up again as well. My mother was very good with contact paper. 36 BEGINNING AGAIN What is this story doing in this book, a book about spirituality, about Jewish feminist spirituality? Well, this is a book that tells what I know about the life of spirit, how I’ve searched for it, how I’ve found it and lost it, been wounded and been nourished. What makes spirit grow, what shrivels it.

You’re not powerful enough to fix anything, to change anything. Know your place, stay in your place. The lesson of poverty. Death to spirit. h h h A few years ago my friend Marty brought the house down with her opening words in a keynote address to the plenary session of a prestigious women’s conference. She began her talk by announcing to the assembled intellectual elite that when invited to give the keynote, her greatest difficulty had not been 37 A SPIRITUAL LIFE choosing a topic, nor reworking her demanding schedule, not the process of writing the talk, not even the contemplation of effective delivery.

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