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I recently completed Part II of my book, A Spiritual Travel Guide to the World of God. Based on various experiences I have had during my rabbinic career, questions about God often arose that I didn’t always have answers to. This put me on a quest to see what Judaism had to offer for such questions as: Does God Exist?; Does God Hear My Prayers?; Why is There Evil in the World?; Why Do People Suffer?; and What Happens After I Die? The research led me to teach a series of classes with these questions as the topic of discussion. At the end of the classes, many participants came up to me and said, “You should write a book about this!” So I did.
While having discussions such as these, I would often have someone approach me and say, “I want to find a connection to God, but it just isn’t there. How do I do that? This inspired Part I of my book, which I published, knowing it might take a while to complete Part II. (It took four more years to do so.)
Here is a summary of each book.
Judaism has interesting traditions. Unlike most religions, we have many home-based rituals. So, many holidays are centered around family. Shabbat dinners, Passover Seders, meals in the Sukkah, Erev Yom Kippur dinner and Break-the-Fast. In today’s modern world, with family scattered all over the country, and sometimes around the world, even if we can’t physically be with family, we at least call, or Facetime, or Skype, to wish them a happy holiday.
On the other hand, Jewish holidays, especially the High Holy Days, can also magnify differences we have with other family members. We become more aware of how they have related to us during the past year, and how we related to them.
I would to share with you an e-mail written by a Jewish mother to her son, shortly after saying goodbye to him when she dropped him off at college. She was concerned that he had the tendency to be, shall we say “independent minded,”and hoped to give him something to hold on to, that would remind him of the importance of making good choices in his life.
Talmud, Kabbalah and Near Death Experiences My presentation of Talmud, Kabbalah and Near Death Experiences (NDE) during Kol Nidre Services is presented here as a pdf. You can view it online, or download and print the pdf file.
Thought Questions, Taking Time for Reflection My presentation of Thought Questions during second day service of Rosh Hashanah is presented here in worksheet form for self reflection and discussion. You can view it online, or download and print the pdf file.