God Loves the Stranger: Stories, Poems, Prayers
How to find peace and harmony in an unsettled world.
You. Me. The person down the street or halfway around the globe. In this inspiring collection of stories, blessings, poetry, divine teachings, and meditation exercises, Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg conveys a single, powerful message: Let us not be strangers. God loves us all.
Using a blend of ancient and modern ideas, GOD LOVES THE STRANGER carves a clear pathway that enables us to learn how to love one another and create just societies. From teaching us how to handle suffering and aversion in positive, productive ways; how to learn creative skills for mindfulness, meditation, and retreat practice; and how to bring the roots of love and gratitude into our everyday lives, this book is a comprehensive tutorial for navigating today’s interpersonal and situational challenges with grace, spiritual fulfillment, and understanding. It offers tender, thought-provoking insight into the awareness that we are not–are never–alone; and that neither are our family members, our friends, or the strangers
An Atypical Religious Memoir
Rabbi Reveals Surprising Details of a Faith-filled Life
“Are you happy because you are getting older or because you’ve found spiritual peace?“
Amherst, Mass. resident and co-founder of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Rabbi Sheila Weinberg offers intriguing answers to that question in her new memoir.
Snapshots of Rabbi Weinberg’s life, as told through poetry, prayers, and accounts of this Jewish Baby Boomer’s experiences, offer clues about her search to find God, and carves a path for others to learn from her journey. It addresses her spiritual quests through yoga and meditation and provides a candid look at her struggles with addiction, her philosophy of feminism, and her life as a wife, mother, and grandmother.
The book incorporates the author’s eye-witness accounts of many iconic events of the past 40 years: the 1968 student riots at Columbia University; the challenges of the Peace Corps in Chile in 1968; the outbreak of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Rabbi Weinberg also relates equally engaging anecdotes of less dramatic, yet impactful, rituals of everyday life: Senior prom, family, holidays, and a complex relationship with her mother.
About the author:
A life-long advocate for peace and justice, Rabbi Weinberg is active in Rabbis for Human Rights, an international organization that gives voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights. She is a co-founder of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, ijs-online.org, in New York City, and leads workshops and retreats in various locations throughout the year.