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by Nan Fink Gefen

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Nan Fink Gefen
Jewish Lights; 1 edition (October 1, 1999)
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This most comprehensive introduction to a time-honored spiritual practice

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Seekers throughout history have practiced it and reaped its rewards, and today many people are making it a significant part of their everyday spiritual practice.

This book will take you there gently, wisely, helpfully. -Jonathan Omer-Man, founder, Metivta, A Center for Contemplative Judaism. A very low threshold introduction and a very rewarding first step into the place of silence in the sacred. -Lawrence Kushner, author, I'm God; You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego and other books.

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Shows users how to combine with praye. .They are discovering that the practice is wise and beautiful and that over the years it can lead to great spiritual transformation. You will learn about its background, as well as its techniques. This will enable you to use it creatively in your life.

A breakthrough “how to meditate” guide!

A supportive and wise guide that is an absolute must for anyone who wants to learn Jewish meditation or improve their practice. Nan Fink Gefen teaches you how to meditate on your own, and starts you on the path to a deeper connection with the Divine and to greater insight about your own life. Whatever your level of understanding, she gives you the tools and support you need to discover the transformative power of meditation.

This most comprehensive introduction to a time-honored spiritual practice:

Answers commonly asked questions about the nature and history of Jewish meditation, and examines how it differs from other meditative practices Shows beginners how to start their practice, including where and how to do it Gives step by step instructions for meditations that are at the core of Jewish meditative practice Explains the challenges and rewards of a Jewish meditative practice
  • Berenn
An amazing book. I am using it to teach teenagers to meditate. I finally have my husband meditating too. I teach in a Jewish community school. The book has several points and translations from Hebrew that I use. I would recommend this book to everyone that wants to meditate, yet wants to stay within the Jewish tradition.
  • Globus
I was a meditation leader on a recent retreat. Most participants were new at Jewish Meditation and also meditation in general.This is a great book to use for this type of group ( and alone too!). Our "theme" was "Kabbalah" and these meditations worked very well with "Rabbis" lectures. We all came away feeling wonderful and ready to explore a whole new dimension of our Spirituality
  • Opithris
This book was very helpful and informative. The explanatipns and instructions were staightforward and simple, as well as clearly written. I will refer to it often,
  • Zbr
This is a great summary of and introduction to the practice of meditation directed at the jewish reader!! It points out, in several places, the areas where the Jewish approach to meditation differs from other practices of meditation, which are particularly helpful to someone who is familiar to meditation, but not familiar with how to incorporate meditation into an observant Jewish lifestyle.
It is not an exhaustive study of the topic, but it doesn't purport to be such. Very helpful to beginning meditators.
  • Rainbearer
Discovering Jewish Meditation: Instruction and Guidance for Learning an Ancient Spiritual Practice by Nan Fink Gefen Jewish Lights Publishing 175 pages
Reading this guide, one has the sense that Gefen stands alongside the novice meditator, encouraging, explaining, clarifying, reassuring. Discovering Jewish Meditation is an accessible, respectful and necessary companion for all those who long to take the first tentative steps into a spiritual meditative life.
Gefen's book on Jewish meditation is a primer and an invitation, the text both expansive and specific. Each section gently moves the beginning meditator through all the fears, obstacles, confusion and exhilaration that a new practice inevitably entails. It is written in a plainspoken manner, the author clearly identifying her own history of struggles with the judgement, discipline and discouragement. With each, she offers successful strategies that allow emergence into consistent on-going meditative practice.
Each section allows the reader to find her or his own concerns, anticipate those that may emerge and come to more deeply understand the foundations of a rich and complex tradition that is thousands of years old, yet for many end of the century Americans, brand new. The Resource Guide defines the landscape of this growing movement and allows the new practictioner to study further at their own pace.
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  • Pruster
The author does not seem to have a good grasp of Judaism. She seems to think of Jews as either being Orthodox and observant or simply non observant. She does not seem to understand that the beauty of the religion is in finding what will work for you. She must have discovered her religion late in life because she continually describes how she "discovered" the Shabbot or how she "discovered" Orthodox services. This book is written more for the Jew who has no knowledge of Judaism rather than for those Jews who do.
This book has kabbalistic themes running through it. It would have been more interesting to see how mainstream Judaism handles meditation. The author feels that by using Hebrew words Jews will feel more comfortable meditating. To some extent that may be true but I didn't need to buy the book to find Hebrew words to meditate on. Save your money!