This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation

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There are moments in life when one is caught utterly unprepared. Drawing on both his rabbinical training and his scholarship in Buddhism, Lew leads readers on a journey from confusion to clarity, from doubt to belief, as he opens a path to self-discovery that is accessible to readers of all faiths.

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"...a brilliant, honest, edifying, funny, engaging-as-a-suspense-novel...transformation is possible!" -- Sylvia Boorstein, author of Pay Attention, For Goodness' Sake

"...conveys Jewish spiritual concepts in emotional terms that speak powerfully to the modern reader..." -- Avivah Zornberg, author of The Beginnings of Desire: Reflections on Genesis

"...takes us from...hope to spiritual depth and peace in this briliant, sensitive, inspiring book..." -- Laura Schlessinger

"...wise, scholarly and compassionate...a revelation to those who have celebrated without awareness..." -- Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

"This is Judaism at its most profound, fountainhead of th ebest of Western religious thought..." -- Norman Fischerm author of Taking Our Places

"[These] stories...contain the wisdom of the sages..." -- Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles

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Lew's exploration of the Days of Awe begins not with Rosh Hashanah-which is not featured until chapter six-but with Tisha B'Av and the month of Elul. These observances, Lew feels, set a tone of rigorous introspection in the Jewish calendar. He follows the story through Yom Kippur and Sukkot, drawing on Jewish tradition, his own experiences and a few Buddhist stories (Lew is a self-described "Zen rabbi") to take the reader on a journey of spiritual transformation-"from birth to death and back to renewal again." Lew is far more concerned with inner motivations and awareness than with external rituals, a refreshing and sometimes startling perspective. He is a perceptive thinker and a highly skilled writer, making this book a hard-hitting yet compassionate cry for spiritual renewal during the High Holy Days as well as the rest of the year.
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