With Roots in Heaven: One Woman's Passionate Journey Into the Heart of Her Faith

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.7 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., is an author, Jungian psychotherapist, and a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement. Ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 1992, she is the founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. Rabbi Firestone served on the board of directors and as Co-Chair of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.Raised in a large Orthodox family as the younger sister of the late, groundbreaking radical feminist Shulamith Firestone (author of The Dialectic of Sex), Firestone's spiritual curiosity called her to search beyond the confines of her family's strict Jewish upbringing. Leaving home, she embarked upon a life-changing spiritual odyssey that she chronicled in With Roots in Heaven: One Woman's Passionate Journey into the Heart of Her Faith. After immersing herself in a wide variety of spiritual practices and worldviews, Firestone returned with fresh vigor to become a rabbi in a pluralistic and egalitarian Judaism.Now Rabbi Emerita of her congregation, Firestone maintains a private practice in depth psychology and teaches internationally about Kabbalah, depth psychology, intergenerational trauma healing, and the re-integration of the feminine wisdom tradition within Judaism. In all of these topics, her emphasis is on honing ancient wisdom practices to assist us at this critical time in world history.
"Filled with profound teachings from spiritual leaders, advice on intermarriage issues, and other practical nuggets of learning, With Roots in Heaven is a work as important as it is controversial, providing courageous insight into the core of religious belief systems." -Ingram"Rich and inspiring...a page-turner. A daring exploration of different spiritual paths...filled with joy, story, community, and a celebration of ancient wisdom. I absolutely loved this book." -- Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and A Woman's Book of Life"Firestone's autobiography has all the suspense and excitement of a good novel as it details her complex journey from a meticulously observant Orthodox Jewish background to her current faith. She takes readers from the static faith she experienced growing up through the geography of her spiritual search in many religious traditions to her marriage to a Christian minister and rejection of her birth family (with whom she later reconciled) and then to her rediscovery of her Jewish roots in a renewed form. Her story is a wonderful example of the transformation of what was, to the author, almost a dead faith into one that is vital and transformational yet accepting of Jews who define their faith more narrowly. Recommended reading for spiritual seekers and feminists in various religious traditions." --Library Journal