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The Handbook of Jewish Meditation Practices : A Guide for Enriching the Sabbath and Other Days of Your Life - David A. Cooper

The Handbook of Jewish Meditation Practices

A Guide for Enriching the Sabbath and Other Days of Your Life

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9781580231022
Number Of Pages: 186

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We've learned to take vacations to revitalize our bodies, but how often do we take time to refresh our souls?

In this practical guide, award-winning author Rabbi David A. Cooper reaches deep into the roots of Judaism for ways to quiet the mind and refresh the soul.

He focuses attention on ancient and modern Jewish practices and traditions, meditation exercises and contemplative study of Jewish sacred texts.

You will learn such easy-to-use techniques as:

• Lovingkindness Meditation
• Kavannah and Continuity Practice
• Meditation Practice to Enrich Shabbat
• Meditative Candle Lighting
• Kabbalistic Dream-Healing
• Walking Meditation


Through explanation and example, Cooper makes meditation practices accessible. He shows how busy people can deepen their own spiritual lives, and reap the rewards of greater spiritual health in their daily lives.

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"David Cooper skillfully helps us explore the spiritual depths of Judaism in this beautiful, informative handbook." --Nan Fink Gefen, author, Discovering Jewish Meditation; codirector, Chochmat HaLev, a center for Jewish meditation in the San Francisco Bay Area

"Reb David helps you to pamper your soul. He shows how one may infuse one's Sabbath celebration with the conscious presence and peaceful mindfulness." --Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal

"Weaves the strands of an ancient path into a spiritual tapestry that resonates with the heart of all religions ... truly a gift of the Spirit for all times and all people."

--Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind "David Cooper skillfully helps us explore the spiritual depths of Judaism in this beautiful, informative handbook." Nan Fink Gefen, author, Discovering Jewish Meditation; codirector, Chochmat HaLev, a center for Jewish meditation in the San Francisco Bay Area

Reb David helps you to pamper your soul. He shows how one may infuse one's Sabbath celebration with the conscious presence and peaceful mindfulness. Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal

Weaves the strands of an ancient path into a spiritual tapestry that resonates with the heart of all religions truly a gift of the Spirit for all times and all people.

Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

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Introductionp. 1
Basic Jewish Meditation Practicesp. 13
Ablutions/Mikvehp. 17
Sitting Practicep. 21
Morning Blessings/Gratitudep. 26
Walking Meditationp. 30
Lucid Strollingp. 34
Reflections on the Psalmsp. 37
Psycho-Spiritual Journalingp. 40
Kavannah and Continuity Practicep. 44
Chesed: The Lovingkindness Meditationp. 47
Meditative Prayerp. 50
Contemplative Studyp. 54
Hitbodedut: Alone with Godp. 59
Jewish Retreatsp. 62
Solo Retreatsp. 81
Retreats of Three Days or Longerp. 92
Family Retreatsp. 94
Kabbalistic Meditationsp. 117
Yihudim Chanting Meditationp. 124
Tehora He/Pure Soul Meditationp. 131
Bittul Ha-yesh: Meditation on Ayin (Nothingness)p. 134
Divine Protectionp. 138
Kabbalistic Dream-Healingp. 141
Hishtavut/Equanimityp. 145
Protection of the Archangelsp. 148
Teshuvah: Return of the Soulp. 151
Raising Holy Sparksp. 154
Four Worldsp. 157
Inner Harmonyp. 160
Shadow of Godp. 163
Tikkun: Healing the Deadp. 166
Devekut: Melting into the Divinep. 169
Psalms: Selections for Reflection and Memorizationp. 172
Schedules for One-Day Retreatsp. 177
Ten-Year Calendarsp. 180
Recommended Books and Resourcesp. 184
About Jewish Lights Publishingp. 187
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ISBN: 9781580231022
ISBN-10: 1580231020
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 1st November 2000
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.31

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