Because My Soul Longs for You: Integrating Theology into Our Lives

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ISBN: 978-0-88123-372-8

Edited by Rabbi Edwin C. Goldberg and Rabbi Elaine S. Zecher
Historical introduction by Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, PhD

Because My Soul Longs for You seeks to answer one of the most enduring human questions: Where can we find God in our lives? While Jewish theologians have long pondered the "God question" from ethical and philosophical perspectives, the last century has made space for a more experiential theology: God is present in our lived experiences. Radical amazement, to use Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's phrase, can be found in everyday life. Contributors to this volume share how they welcome God's presence into their lives, as well as the theological language they use to think and speak about this presence. Chapters explore how we experience God through prayer, text study, poetry, food, music, service, movement, meditation, interpersonal connection, and much more.

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"Instead of asking "Do you believe in God?" Rabbis Elaine Zecher and Edwin Goldberg ask the more fruitful "How do you experience God?" Their book compiles the transformative experiences of twenty souls who share their encounter with the Divine. Through their stories, we access new language for understanding how we might discover God in our lives, and perhaps realize that God has been with us all along."
-Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue, NYC

"Most everyone knows that 600,000 Jews left Egypt and 600,000 Torahs were received at Sinai. But as Rabbis Goldberg and Zecher remind us, each Jew seems to have found their own God too! What an obvious and splendid idea: to ask rabbis and other "soul-teachers" to share their experiences of the numinous and then arrange them into a bouquet. Surely this is where liberal Jewish theology in the twenty-first century must begin."
-Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of Kabbalah: A Love Story

"This book is not only phenomenal, it is also phenomenological--it relates to the ways in which God is experienced rather than simply conceptualized. These highly reflective and courageous essays evoke the biblical image of a graceful animal thirsting for water at the brook. So the soul longs for God, experienced in various life situations and described with both beauty and honesty. Because My Soul Longs for You places the soul where it belongs--in the lives and experiences of persons."
-Rabbi Dr. Michael Marmur, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem

ISBN 978-0-88123-372-8
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Page count: 240