When we think about Judaism, we often focus on mechanical repetition and cookbook-like observances and rules. Yet, according to author Lewis D. Solomon, the ceremonies, rituals, and all the accompanying rules and regulations are the byways of Judaism, not its highways or its essence. For many, the ceremonies and rituals, although designed to open and touch the spiritual dimension of existence, often block their spiritual life and vitality. Jewish Spirituality: Revitalizing Judaism for the Twenty-First Century offers the vision of a personal, intimate experience of a living God as the source of health, joy, love, abundance, and wholeness. It is designed to help us meet and surmount our daily problems as well as the crises we all face in living and, ultimately, in dying. True to its practical orientation, Jewish Spirituality focuses on an approach to living that is liberating, promotes and unfolds our inner human possibilities, and helps us realize our highest self as well as those of others around us.
Lewis D. Solomon, an ordained rabbi, is the Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law at The George Washington University Law School, where he has taught corporate and tax law for over twenty years. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. He received his ordination from the Rabbinical Studies Department of The New Seminary, has served as a guest rabbi at Jewish houses of worship, and has officiated at numerous life cycle events.