Guidelines for Spiritual Seekers
Out of the Depths by Rabbi Lau
There are so many stories told about the Holocuast, and I have read many and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. This book, however, is an absolute must for anyone curious about the intricacies of survival, hope, and destiny. Rabbi Lau was smuggled through the camps in his brother’s pillow case slung over his shoulder, and his story of finding his religious identity and a reason for living is absolutely stunning. To have a Rabbi of such repute willing to share so openly about his journey is a true blessing.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
This book caused a tremendous sensation when it came out. It is historical fiction and Diamant describes the life of the women of the Torah in all of their relations, relationships, trials, and challenges. She paints a portrait of an aspect of Jewish tradition - and Christian tradition - which has largely been absent from our story-telling. This book is not at all sacrilegious; rather it elevates the female experience and places it in its historical context.
Jewish Meditation by Aryeh Kaplan
One of the most famous Rabbis of modern Jewish history is the physicist Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. He has written some of the most famous books on spirituality and belief, but his book on meditation is a terrific place to start understanding the Jewish perspective on meditation which has been a part of our tradition for thousands of years.
Whether you are a person of faith or not, this website provides really delightful animated cartoons about the Old Testament (known to Jews as the Torah). You can watch videos on the basics of the Torah, as well as some of the most sophisticated and mysterious mystical aspects of the Jewish faith and tradition. The Rabbi behind all of this, Rabbi Forman, specializes in astute and elegant Torah analysis in a language that is accessible to all. Kids love this site as well as adults!