Climbing Jacob's Ladder by Alan Morinis
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Climbing Jacob's Ladder
By Alan Morinis

Climbing Jacob's Ladder

One Man's Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition

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Climbing Jacob's Ladder by Alan Morinis

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Jewish by birth, though from a secular family, Alan Morinis explored Hinduism and Buddhism as a young man. But in 1997, in the face of personal crisis, he turned to his Jewish heritage for guidance. In his reading he happened upon a Jewish spiritual tradition called Mussar. Gradually he realized that he had stumbled upon an insightful discipline for self-development, complete with meditative, contemplative, and other well-developed transformative practices designed to penetrate the deepest roots of the inner life. Eventually reaching the limits of what he could learn on his own, he decided to seek out a Mussar teacher. This was not an easy task, since almost the entire world of the Mussar tradition had been wiped out in the Holocaust. In time, he found an accomplished master who stood in an unbroken line of transmission of the Mussar tradition, and who lived in the center of a community of Orthodox Jews on Long Island. This book tells the story of Morinis s journey to meet his teacher and what he learned from him, revealing the central teachings and practices that are the spiritual treasury and legacy of Mussar."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590303665
ISBN-10: 1590303660
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publish Date: 11-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Mussar Yoga by Alan Morinis Mussar Yoga, Hardback (May 2014)

A clear and easy-to-use introduction to Mussar Yoga a blending of Jewish and Eastern spiritual practices. Intended for the novice as well as the yoga expert and for people of all faiths, each exercise is accompanied by step-by-step instructions, helpful photographs, mantras and journaling exercises."

Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis Everyday Holiness, Paperback (February 2009)

Though little known outside Orthodox Jewish communities, Mussar is an illuminating, accessible and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth and spiritual realization in the midst of day-to-day life. This work offers an introduction to the Jewish spiritual tradition known as Mussar.

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Author Biography - Alan Morinis

Alan Morinis completed his doctorate at Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. A producer of award-winning television and film, he has been a student of the Mussar tradition since 1997, studying under Rabbi Yechiel Yitzchok Perr. Alan is the founder and director of the Mussar Institute (, an organization that promotes the study of Mussar through study groups, courses, and public talks. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and two daughters.

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