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Read online Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places I have tried to say what happiness is how we make it how we lose it and how we sometimes walk past it without recognising it Happiness isn t somewhere else it s where we are It isn t something we don t have we do It isn t fantasy it s reality experienced in a certain way Happiness is a close relative of faith Following the painful loss of his father Chief Rabbi Sacks began to learn how to celebrate life in a new way He discovered where happiness lives often in unexpected places through family community friendship and responsibilities He also found it through a renewed relationship with God who spoke to his deepest needs Based in part on his columns in the UK s Times newspaper Celebrating Life is for people of all faiths and none It shows us how to be human and in becoming so how we can touch the divine by Jonathan Sacks

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Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places
Title:Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places
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ISBN:0826473377
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Number of Pages:208
Category:non-fiction, judaism, jewish, self-help
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Jonathan Sacks takes a timely look at the ambiguous position of Judaism in the world today, b National Jewish Book Award Winner b br br In this powerful and timely book one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God If religion is perceived as being part of the problem Rabbi Sacks argues then it must also form part of the solution When religion becomes a zero sum conceit that is my religion is the only right path to God therefore your religion is by definition wrong and individuals are motivated by what Rabbi Sacks calls altruistic evil violence between peoples of different beliefs appears to be the only natural outcome br br But through an exploration of the roots of violence and its relationship to religion and employing groundbreaking biblical analysis and interpretation Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths By looking anew at the book of Genesis with its foundational stories of Judaism Christianity and Islam Rabbi Sacks offers a radical rereading of many of the Bible s seminal stories of sibling rivalry Cain and Abel Isaac and Ishmael Jacob and Esau Joseph and his brothers Rachel and Leah br br Abraham himself writes Rabbi Sacks sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith That idea ignored for many of the intervening centuries remains the simplest definition of Abrahamic faith It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity of belief It is our task to be a blessing to the world The use of religion for political ends is not righteousness but idolatry To invoke God to justify violence against the innocent is not an act of sanctity but of sacrilege Here is an eloquent call for people of goodwill from all faiths and none to stand together confront the religious extremism that threatens to destroy us and declare Not in God s Name, Writing with his usual grace and fluency Jonathan Sacks moves beyond the tired arguments of militant atheists such as Dawkins and Hitchens to explore how religion has always played a valuable part in human culture and far from being dismissed as redundant must be allowed to temper and develop scientific understanding in order for us to be fully human Ranging around the world to draw comparisons from different cultures and delving deep into the history of language and of western civilisation Jonathan Sacks shows how the predominance of science oriented thinking is embedded deeply even in our religious understanding and calls on us to recognise the centrality of relationship to true religion and thus to see how this core value of relationship is essential if we are to avoid the natural tendency for science to rule our lives rather than fulfilling its promise to set us free, Arguing that global communications have fragmented national cultures and that multiculturalism intended to reduce social friction is today reinforcing it Sacks calls for a new approach to national identity He envisions a responsibility based rather than rights based model of citizenship that connects the ideas of giving and belonging We should see society as the home we build together bringing the distinctive gifts of different groups to the common good Sacks warns of the hazards free and open societies face in the st century and offers an unusual religious defence of liberal democracy and the nation state br br b b This logical sequel to Sacks award winning The Dignity of Difference Continuum The Home We Build Together makes a compelling case for integrated diversity within a framework of shared political values b b