Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire

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5.6 X 8.6 X 0.6 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD, is founder and director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals ( Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel of New York City, he is author and editor of twenty-nine books, including Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Toward an Intellectually Vibrant Judaism; Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire (both finalists for the National Jewish Book Award); and Maimonides-Essential Teachings on Jewish Faith and Ethics: The Book of Knowledge and the Thirteen Principles of Faith-Annotated and Explained (all Jewish Lights).

Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD, is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Confronting Basic Issues of Faith
  • The Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Jewish Communities: Can We Learn from Each Other?
  • Conversion to Judaism: What the Jewish Community Can Learn from Converts
  • Choosing to Be Jewish: The Orthodox Road to Conversion
  • Losing the Rat Race, Winning at Life: Ethics for Moderns

Wonderful ... so much more than its title implies. A must read for every serious student of Jewish history and culture."
--Dr. Norman Cohen, provost, Hebrew Union College, and author of Hineini in Our Lives: Learning How to Respond to Others through 14 Biblical Texts Personal Stories

"Poignant and masterful, concise and provocative ... depicts the rich inner life of the masses of Jews in the Ottoman Empire who, despite hardship, lived a quintessential Judaism with an enviable naturalness."
--Jane Mushabac, professor of English, City University of New York, and author of Mazal Bueno: A Portrait in Song of the Spanish Jews

"The wisdom of the Sephardic tradition, its breadth and spirit and song, beautifully distilled for the general reader. A whole world of Jewish spirituality comes alive in this book."
--Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, and author of Floating Takes Faith: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World

"An excellent guide by one of the foremost interpreters of Sephardic civilization. For scholars as well as anyone seriously interested in Sephardic culture, history and society."
--Avigdor Levy, professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

"Captures the essence of the Sephardic Ottoman world with sensitivity, nuance and love. Exudes warmth and pride as well as much valuable information. No cultural expression of the Sephardic Jew is ignored in this enduring work of great charm and learning."
--Professor Jane S. Gerber, director, Center for Jewish Studies and the Institute for Sephardic Studies, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

"A loving, critical and wistful look at the inner life of the Sephardim. Will be cherished by Sephardim and Ashkenazim alike. Indeed, Ashkenazim will note the intriguing parallels to their own history."
--Dr. Norman Lamm, chancellor, Yeshiva University

"A great read and important book illuminating the post inquisition destiny and rich spiritual development of the Judeo-Spanish Sephardic community in the Ottoman Empire--an essential and often neglected integral part of the overall Jewish experience."
--David E. R. Dangoor, president, American Sephardi Federation