A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition by Merle Feld

By Merle Feld

Contains new and up to date fabric, in addition to a readers' consultant with questions for writing and chat groups. The revised variation of this loved vintage incorporates a readers' and writers' advisor to facilitate e-book workforce conversations and casual grownup schooling, and likewise bargains activates for private journaling exploration. Merle Feld's emotionally robust prose and hugely obtainable poetry open the hearts of readers of every age and spiritual persuasions who're touring during the cycle of lifestyles and sharing within the look for that means.

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Once I had a totally out of control kindergarten class and, at my wit’s end, took them out to the playground for the last half hour of the day. Some of the boys decided that even more fun than trying to kill each other would be to queue up at one wall of the school building, unzip their pants and see who could pee the furthest. ” At three o’clock I’d crawl home, cry for an hour or so and then make tuna casserole for supper. Seven men were the founders and teachers of Havurat Shalom, begun in Cambridge in the summer of 1968.

We stayed 19 years. h h h 39 A SPIRITUAL LIFE Like most of the Ivies, Princeton had a history of antiSemitism, a history which the university administration that was in place when we arrived found morally unacceptable, unworthy of a great institution of higher learning. But the history was there and ghosts remained. I remember in our early years welcoming into Hillel a freshman from New Jersey, a short dark boy who looked unmistakably Jewish and who a few weeks into his first semester affected a British accent which he maintained for the four years till he graduated.

When I was a child—I don’t think I could have been more than five, and Roger then maybe seven or eight—my mother got a new clothes hamper. I don’t really remember the old one, but it must have been beyond repair for my mother to have allowed herself a new one. It was winter, a snowy winter, the hamper was then perhaps a week or two old, and Roger, always a curious boy with an experimental bent, apparently began to wonder if snow would burn. So he scraped some snow off the windowsill and snuck it into the only private space we all had—the bathroom.

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