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The secret : unlocking the source of joy & fulfillment : the most powerful teaching of the world's oldest spiritual wisdom
Berg, Michael.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Kabbalah Publishing, [2002]

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107 pages ; 20 cm
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BM525 .B45 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A grandson tries to buy the corpse of Lenin on eBay for his Communist grandfather. A failed wunderkind steals a golden cross from an Orthodox church. A boy meets his cousin (the love of his life) once every five years in the river that divides their village into east and west. These are Miroslav Penkov "s strange, unexpectedly moving visions of his home country, Bulgaria, and they are the stories that make up his charming, deeply felt debut collection.

In EAST OF THE WEST, Penkov writes with great empathy of centuries of tumu< his characters mourn the way things were and long for things that will never be. But even as they wrestle with the weight of history, with the debt to family, with the pangs of exile, the stories in EAST OF THE WEST are always light on their feet, animated by Penkov "s unmatched eye for the absurd.

Author Notes

Born in Israel, Michael Berg studied at The Rabbinical Seminary of America in New York City, and at Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah, following which he earned his rabbinical ordination. He lives in Los Angeles and New York City with his wife and two sons

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Popular kabbalist and author of The Way, Berg is back with another spiritual how-to, a guidebook for applying the principles of Jewish mysticism to everyday life. The book opens with a powerful tale: Josef and Rebecca, a poor couple, sell their only cow to provide a feast for a famous rabbi, and they are eventually rewarded with unfathomable riches. The cow, says Berg, symbolizes the unfulfilled life many people are willing to accept, and the riches symbolize the joy we can find if we shape our lives around the titular "Secret." What is this secret? It is a saying that Berg's teacher, the late Rav Ashlag, learned from his own teacher, years ago in Jerusalem: "The only way to achieve true joy and fulfillment is by becoming a being of sharing." That idea is hardly innovative, of course, but Berg's meditations on the life of generosity are stirring, and the kabbalistic and midrashic tales he employs movingly illustrate the fruits of sharing. The book is a bit skimpy, though, and padded with self-help standards. There's a list of six tips to aid those trying to live out The Secret, including the unabashed suggestion to "Read this book often" and, since The Secret is about sharing, share the book with others. Most readers will breeze through the text in an hour. One wishes that Berg had followed his own advice and shared even more with his audience.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Beginningsp. 1
Chapter 2 Onenessp. 35
Chapter 3 Transformative Sharingp. 55
Chapter 4 Living the Secretp. 77
Chapter 5 Completing the Puzzlep. 85
Two Final Thoughtsp. 93
Epiloguep. 99