A road map for following the Jewish spiritual path
Drawing on material from the Kabbalistic tradition as well as more mainstream Jewish texts and sources, this book articulates a Jewish spiritual path. The leading idea is that the proper name of God or the Tetragrammaton (i.e., four lettered name of God or YHVH) serves as a model or roadmap for the spiritual journey. According to Kabbalah, each letter of the name corresponds to a certain aspect of God and to a certain stage or phase of spiritual growth, starting from the most basic level, represented by the last letter of God’s Name, and moving to the most advanced level, represented by the first letter of God’s Name. The four letters also correspond to the four stages of the traditional Jewish Morning Prayer or Shacharit, which serves as a spiritual exercise through which a person may cultivate the middot, or spiritual virtues, associated with each of the four letters of God’s name. This book combines theoretical presentation of Kabbalistic concepts with practical guidance for the spiritual journey. It is both an extended commentary on the prayer and an intellectually rigorous spiritual self-help book.
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Joshua Golding is rabbi of Congregation Anshei Sfard and a professor of philosophy at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of The Conversation and Rationality and Religious Theism and has published articles in Faith and Philosophy, Modern Schoolman, Religious Studies, Torah U-Madda Journal, and Tradition. He lives in the Louisville, Kentucky area.
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