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I'M God, You'Re Not : Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the EGO - Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

I'M God, You'Re Not

Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the EGO

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Flashes of insight-surprising, entertaining, inspiring-from one of the most creative spiritual thinkers in America.

"The goal of all spiritual life is to get your ego out of the way-outwit the sucker; dissolve it; shoot it; kill it. Silence the incessant planning, organizing, running, manipulating, possessing, and processing that are the ineluctable redoubts of the ego. Not because these activities are bad or wrong or even narcissistic but because they preclude awareness of the Divine. To paraphrase the Talmud, God says, 'There ain't room enough in this here world for your ego and Me. You pick.'"
-from the Introduction

Tapping the experiences and wisdom of his career as a spiritual leader, Lawrence Kushner delights, surprises, challenges and inspires us. With his signature candor, wit and compassion, he helps us reconnect with the why and how of our spiritual lives. He encourages us to find new perspectives on the "life-stuff" that shapes them, and gently reminds us of the Source of it All.

These inspiring-often startling-insights will warm you during the dark times of your own doubts even as they brighten your quest for meaning, faith, identity, community-and holiness.

"A window into the heart and soul of a man who models what it means to be a rabbi.... You will be touched by [his] gentle, lighthearted and compassionate ... Truth." --Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, coauthor, Jewish with Feeling and A Heart Afire; author, First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit



"A wonderful collection of classic Kushner wit and wisdom. He has a gift for presenting profound ideas in phrase and story that speak to our lives." --Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus, president, Central Conference of American Rabbis; rabbi, B'nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, Homewood, Illinois

"Larry Kushner experiences Jewish life with ... an extra measure of soul. Where we find closed doors, he finds open possibilities. Where we see endings, he perceives new beginnings. With love and humor, he invites us to see our Jewish lives through new eyes." --Rabbi Edward Feinstein, editor, Jews and Judaism in the 21st Century: Human Responsibility, the Presence of God and the Future of the Covenant

"So witty and entertaining that you won't want to put [it] down. [Its] deep wisdom and clear insight sneak up on you while you're chuckling." --Rabbi David A. Teutsch, PhD, author, Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy "A window into the heart and soul of a man who models what it means to be a rabbi . You will be touched by [his] gentle, lighthearted and compassionate ... Truth." Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, coauthor, Jewish with Feeling and A Heart Afire; author, First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit

"A wonderful collection of classic Kushner wit and wisdom. He has a gift for presenting profound ideas in phrase and story that speak to our lives." Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus, president, Central Conference of American Rabbis; rabbi, B'nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, Homewood, Illinois

Larry Kushner experiences Jewish life with an extra measure of soul. Where we find closed doors, he finds open possibilities. Where we see endings, he perceives new beginnings. With love and humor, he invites us to see our Jewish lives through new eyes. Rabbi Edward Feinstein, editor, Jews and Judaism in the 21st Century: Human Responsibility, the Presence of God and the Future of the Covenant

So witty and entertaining that you won't want to put [it] down. [Its] deep wisdom and clear insight sneak up on you while you re chuckling. Rabbi David A. Teutsch, PhD, author, Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy"

Introductionp. ix
Rabbi
Who Am I?p. 3
We'll Wait Back Herep. 8
The Callingp. 15
My Other Father Diedp. 18
The Tent Peg Businessp. 22
The Human Pyramidp. 30
The Rabbi Businessp. 38
Being Somebody Elsep. 47
The Last Giftp. 49
Judaism
Why I'm a Jewp. 55
Filene's Basementp. 59
Intermarriagep. 61
Getting More Jewsp. 67
Customs as Sacred Textp. 69
Two Jewish Mothersp. 73
(Re)Thinking Shabbatp. 75
Kosherp. 78
The Life of Torahp. 84
Family
Visiting Your Childrenp. 89
Understanding Your Parentsp. 91
Telling Kids the Truthp. 99
Boompap. 101
And Unto Us a Child Is Givenp. 103
Babushkap. 107
Turkey Shootp. 109
Generationsp. 111
World
What Israel Means to Mep. 115
My Lunch with Jesusp. 117
Cardboard Sukkahp. 120
Bill Novak's Questionsp. 122
NYPD Bluep. 143
Resurrection of Flowersp. 145
Mysticism
What Is Kabbalah?p. 149
Reading Musicp. 156
Bosque del Apachep. 159
Physician of Tsefatp. 162
Spell-Checkerp. 170
Midrash as Hypertextp. 174
A Kabbalah Lexiconp. 175
Holiness
Open My Lipsp. 189
Spiritual Greedp. 191
Silent Prayerp. 193
A Blessing for the Czarp. 195
Biking with Pelicansp. 197
The Zen of Airline Ticketsp. 199
Memory and Redemptionp. 201
Death without Dyingp. 210
The Band on the Titanicp. 214
Afterword: "Our Town"p. 217
Sourcesp. 224
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ISBN: 9781580234412
ISBN-10: 1580234410
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th September 2010
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.49