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JMCTX Meditation Book Club

Past Sessions
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 27 Elul 5780 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 20 Elul 5780 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - via Zoom
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 13 Elul 5780 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - via Zoom
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 6 Elul 5780 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - via Zoom
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 29 Av 5780 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - via Zoom
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 22 Av 5780 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - via Zoom

 

The Jewish Meditation Center of Texas is starting a new book club! This month's book is:  This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared: the Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation by Rabbi Alan Lew.  Read a couple of chapters a week and join for some great discussion!

 

 

Reading/Discussion schedule:

8/12:  Chapters 1 & 2
8/19:  Chapters 3 & 4
9/2:  Chapters 5 & 6
9/9:  Chapters 7 & 8
9/16:  Chapters 9 & 10

 

Open to all, but please register below to get the Zoom link

 

          


Book description from Amazon: 

     There are times in life when we are caught utterly unprepared: a death in the family, the end of a relationship, a health crisis. These are the times when the solid ground we thought we stood on disappears beneath our feet, leaving us reeling and heartbroken, as we stumble back to our faith.
     The Days of Awe encompass the weeks preceding Rosh Hashanah up to Yom Kippur, a period in which Jews take part in a series of rituals and prayers that reenact the journey of the soul through the world from birth to death. This is a period of contemplation and repentance, comparable to Lent and Ramadan. Yet, for Rabbi Alan Lew, the real purpose of this annual passage is for us to experience brokenheartedness and open our heart to God.
     In This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared, Lew has marked out a journey of seven distinct stages, one that draws on these rituals to awaken our soul and wholly transform us. Weaving together Torah readings, Buddhist parables, Jewish fables and stories from his own life, Lew lays bare the meanings of this ancient Jewish passage. He reveals the path from terror to acceptance, confusion to clarity, doubt to belief, and from complacency to awe.
     In the tradition of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared enables believers of all faiths to reconnect to their faith with a passion and intimacy that will resonate throughout the year.

Biography on Amazon:

     Rabbi Alan Lew was the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco for over a decade and was the founder of Makor Or, the first meditation center connected to a synagogue. He was also the author of Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life; One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi, which won the PEN Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence; and numerous works of poetry.

  

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