Climbing Jacob's Ladder: One Man's Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition (2020)

Climbing Jacob's Ladder: One Man's Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition Alan Morinis Climbing Jacob s Ladder One Man s Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition Jewish by birth though from a secular family Alan Morinis explored Hinduism and Buddhism as a young man But in in the face of personal crisis he turned to his Jewish heritage for guidance In
  • Title: Climbing Jacob's Ladder: One Man's Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition
  • Author: Alan Morinis
  • ISBN: 9781590303665
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
Climbing Jacob's Ladder: One Man's Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition Alan Morinis Jewish by birth, though from a secular family, Alan Morinis explored Hinduism and Buddhism as a young man But in 1997, in the face of personal crisis, he turned to his Jewish heritage for guidance In his reading he happened upon a Jewish spiritual tradition called Mussar Gradually he realized that he had stumbled upon an insightful discipline for self development, complJewish by birth, though from a secular family, Alan Morinis explored Hinduism and Buddhism as a young man But in 1997, in the face of personal crisis, he turned to his Jewish heritage for guidance In his reading he happened upon a Jewish spiritual tradition called Mussar Gradually he realized that he had stumbled upon an insightful discipline for self development, complete with meditative, contemplative, and other well developed transformative practices designed to penetrate the deepest roots of the inner life Eventually reaching the limits of what he could learn on his own, he decided to seek out a Mussar teacher This was not an easy task, since almost the entire world of the Mussar tradition had been wiped out in the Holocaust In time, he found an accomplished master who stood in an unbroken line of transmission of the Mussar tradition, and who lived in the center of a community of Orthodox Jews on Long Island This book tells the story of Morinis s journey to meet his teacher and what he learned from him, revealing the central teachings and practices that are the spiritual treasury and legacy of Mussar.
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  1. Rebecca

    Climbing Jacob s Ladder combines memoir and how to guide in an unusual way This outstanding book details Morinis s pursuit of self awareness and improvement through the tools of Mussar, an ancient Jewish strategy for character refinement Unique among Mussar books, this relatively slim volume assumes little prior knowledge of Judaism, and is usable for non Jews, secular Jews, and even those Orthodox Jews who are not already thoroughly immersed in the world of Mussar Among self awareness literatur [...]

  2. Brendan Howard

    I needed this I need this It was here for me It s easy to feel lonely in the world, as I take up again a quest to try to be a better person, to try to be a better me, to pursue internal truth and guidance and strength while the world calls for materialist obsession.

  3. Rona

    Alan Morinis is a current day religious seeker who found a practice that changed his life He shares it in this somewhat memoir ish book about his early practice of Mussar and the Orthodox yeshivah director who guided him on the path Its practitioners nearly died out in the Holocaust a few found their way to Queens, NY Mr Morinis sought them out, learned from them, and shares what he learned The book gives some examples of practices that he learned These give some insight on how Mussar is studied [...]

  4. Daniel Stern

    This is a wonderful book wrtten with courage, sensitivity and clarity.The theme is a story of getting lost on life s journey and on finding a way back no easy task in our North American culture of materialism and self centeredness.Alan Morinis generously shares his journey which took him to the little known ancient Jewish spiritual practice called Musar.At first through his reading and studying of obscure texts and eventually with the guidance of a wise and compassionate teacher, the author redi [...]

  5. Susan Rothenberg

    A book I probably wouldn t have heard of had it not been suggested to me and one I am very glad to have read A memoir of a man who after his business imploded, searches to both understand himself and what he did and learn ways to live a better, thoughtful life Though non religious Jew, in his search he learns of Mussar, a thousand year old Jewish belief that seeks tries to help change those qualities within us that obstruct the light of our holiness from shining through Thus begins his journey [...]

  6. Jim George

    I preferred his 2nd book on the same subject This 1st book does give you the byline of his personal history, and how he was drawn to Mussar There is a great depiction of his earliest teachers and teachings Mussar is a centuries old religious system Judaism for straightening out one s personal life to sort of coincide with the enrichment and enlightenment of their soul s eternal life, by shoring up weaknesses in your real life, you naturally strengthen traits in your soul s life Accomplished thro [...]

  7. Jason

    This is Morinis first book on Mussar, in which he shares his story of discovering this little known Jewish spiritual tradition and begins sharing its lessons It s a moving story that inspired me to learn about Mussar and how it can help me be a better person.

  8. Jean Kelly

    It is always interesting to me to see what brings people back to a re evaluation of the religion they grew up with or where exposed to in youth Interesting story.

  9. Daughters Of Abraham

    Spiritual path and practices from within a Jewish tradition but applicable to all Led to a good discussion about spiritual practices among all three faiths.

  10. Erica Shufani

    A wonderful book of Jewish spirituality in which the author goes back to hisFaith and finds a meaningful spiritual path in the faith he had put on the back burner

  11. Caroline

    As a first introduction to mussar, Climbing Jacob s Ladder is great It s just a taste, but enough to give you an understanding of what mussar is, and why you might want to study It s a delicious taste that made me want .

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