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

By Merle Feld

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

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Living day in day out with another person, a person who left his underwear wherever he happened to have taken it off, a person who woke up slowly, later in the morning, and made it clear he did not appreciate my singing around the house before he’d had a first cup of coffee and cigarette. ” He didn’t want to eat out every night, he didn’t like dustballs in the bedroom. It was 1969 and he wanted a wife. But as little as I knew about the world or myself, I knew I didn’t want to play Lillian to anyone’s Milton.

Only relatives come into our home. No friends, no neighbors, no children from class, no birthday parties. Two hundred Crown Street, that has a nice sound to it, but people can’t come inside to see how we live, how tiny, how old, how worn the furniture. There are no pictures of 200 Crown Street—when we took pictures, we always used other buildings on the block as a backdrop. Funny, when it was time for family pictures, how the sun was never in the right place in front of our building. The world outside: the pain of watching TV, the pain of comparing ourselves to that house, that family on Father Knows Best, the pain, the shame.

These rebbetzins—Esther Ticktin, Rachel Adler, Ruthie Polak, Mara Poupko, Ann Fisher, Ellie Levine, to name 31 A SPIRITUAL LIFE a few—these were the women who understood my pain at not having a place at the table, who didn’t think I was strange for wanting a place at the table. They wanted a place too. We dared to ask questions and answer them in a more forceful and radical way than our local communities were ready to hear. From widely varying backgrounds and stages of life, we came together and helped in ways large and small to make a revolution.

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