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A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven: The Jewish Life-Spiral as a Spiritual Path
by Arthur Ocean Waskow (Author), Phyllis Ocean Berman (Author)

A time for every purpose under heaven: the jewish life-spiral as a spiritual path

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Paperback - 304 pages (September 1, 2003)
Language: English
Douglas & McIntyre / Fsg Adult ; ISBN: 0374528977

Other Editions: Hardcover Sales Rank 200,953
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars Based on 4 reviews.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Waskow and Berman, leaders of the Jewish renewal movement, infuse this spiritual handbook with an eco-feminist perspective that celebrates gender and biology, an earthiness absent from much of "word-focused... Rabbinic Judaism." Ceremonies and rituals don't just mark a specific occasion, they say; these transformative moments present "sacred possibilities" for self- and communal revelation, creating a rhythmic Jewish pathway they call a "life-spiral." Besides the traditional birth-marriage-death configuration, Waskow and Berman expand the conventional boundaries of life-cycle rituals to include weaning, menstruation, adult bat mitzvah, divorce, intimate friendships, mentoring relationships and more. Their innovative suggestions, culled from historic precedent and newly minted explorations, range from a "Jewish driver's license" to mark the path of growing up, to a "seder of womanhood" to celebrate midlife. They examine the nuanced depth of the most trivialized of American Jewish ceremonies the bar mitzvah explaining why the Torah reading is "the volcanically hot heart of the ordeal." Though unmistakably New Age in its approach, the book gives each ceremony a solid grounding in history, Bible, rabbinics and Jewish law, and reflects a sensitivity to contemporary issues from gay relationships to intermarriage. Readers do not have to agree with all the authors' ideas to be intrigued by the fascinating integration of Judaism and contemporary life. For anyone trying to mark a stage of life, Waskow and Berman show that apparently isolated moments together move a whole life forward so that each of us can fulfill God's ancient commandment to Abraham: "Walk forth into yourself."
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The authors present their book as both a spiritual handbook and a spiritual history with four purposes, which are (1) to help those who are facing a particular life-cycle moment to shape its celebration in a way that honors Jewish tradition; (2) to help those who are about to attend someone else's celebration to understand what is going on, both the visible practices and the reasons behind them; (3) to give a sense of the history of these ceremonies, how they have changed over the millennia of...
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Avg. Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars

1 out of 5 stars Judaism by idiots for ignoramuses, March 26, 2004

Reviewer: catallergest from New York, New York United States
The World According to Waskow should be the title of the totally nonsensical, wretched collection of claptrap. Arthur "East River" Waskow should hold the title of "rabbit" and not "rabbi" because all he has done here is taken his personal political and pseudo-social agenda and coated it with a think shellac of Judaism. I took this book out of the library. I returned it. You should do the same. --.


5 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reaffirmation & Learning, February 8, 2004

Reviewer: A customer from Central NJ
I disagree with the other two reviewers - I find this book to be both a wonderful reaffirmation of many of the central tenets of our faith, and an instructive and insightful way of putting them into a new framework. I received it as a gift during a difficult time in my life, and have since given copies to many others. While not a scholarly exposition (which is not its intent), it is deeply rooted in our scholastic tradition. Highly recommended! --.


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1 out of 5 stars Turgid and useless, April 23, 2003

Reviewer: Rich Goldstein from Miami, FL
A useless compedium of politically correct ideas, most of which give the reader a vague feeling of having "read this someplace before." --.


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