A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition by Merle Feld

By Merle Feld

Comprises new and up-to-date fabric, in addition to a readers' consultant with questions for writing and chat groups. The revised version of this liked vintage encompasses a readers' and writers' consultant to facilitate booklet workforce conversations and casual grownup schooling, and likewise deals activates for private journaling exploration. Merle Feld's emotionally strong prose and hugely obtainable poetry open the hearts of readers of every age and non secular persuasions who're touring during the cycle of existence and sharing within the look for which means.

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My mother loved Roger with all her heart, and she wasn’t the type to bear a grudge anyway, so for her and for him the story of the hamper became one of those classic stories that tell something important and funny and slightly embarrassing about what you once did as a kid. But for me, an observer and not a player in this drama, it taught a different lesson. The hamper was something you had wanted, a small thing really, but you wanted it and it gave you pleasure and then it was ruined and you didn’t have the power to replace it, to wipe away the injury and forget it.

And I don’t know what I’m supposed to do today. Or tomorrow. Or two years from now. I don’t know. And I don’t know what I want. And furthermore, who is it who’s asking these questions? This young woman, who is she? 26 BEGINNING AGAIN The years of my childhood and adolescence were taken up with survival. I went to school, I studied hard, I got good grades, I had parttime jobs, most of all I struggled to keep my head above the quicksand of depression in my home. I knew what it was I wanted out of—I wanted out of that apartment, I wanted out of provincial Brooklyn.

No friends, no neighbors, no children from class, no birthday parties. Two hundred Crown Street, that has a nice sound to it, but people can’t come inside to see how we live, how tiny, how old, how worn the furniture. There are no pictures of 200 Crown Street—when we took pictures, we always used other buildings on the block as a backdrop. Funny, when it was time for family pictures, how the sun was never in the right place in front of our building. The world outside: the pain of watching TV, the pain of comparing ourselves to that house, that family on Father Knows Best, the pain, the shame.

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