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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Disillusions, A Book Review

Disillusions: A Spiritual GPS For the Journeyer, The Real New World Order by Yemima Bakol manages to be both a very serious philosophical and theological book mostly about Judaism, but light, fun and easy reading, too. Now, that is a very amazing accomplishment. It certainly helps that it's short, less than two hundred 200 pages, and divided into chapters.
Disillusions: A Spiritual GPS For the Journeyer & The Real New World Order is a fresh, even fun (and quirky!) approach to learning Torah, equally for the ben-Torah as for the ba’al teshuva. While the story’s framework is essentially an answer to two international bestsellers, Richard Bach’s 1977 Illusions and Dr. Stephen Hawking’s 1988 A Brief History of Time, Disillusions: A Spiritual GPS For the Journeyer & The Real New World Order is an easy-flowing, novel-form narrative that brings together most of the central spiritual concepts of Torah. Restaging and recasting Bach’s two characters as Aryeh Lieb and Dan Shimon, though not requiring the reader to have read either addressed books, Disillusions: A Spiritual GPS For the Journeyer & The Real New World Order redefines the concept of illusions, as are other spiritual precepts, but according to Torah. The characters embark on a mind-stretching, mental and spiritual challenge that is uplifting and inspirational, as they explore and define the “navigational” tools Torah gives us to raise our consciousness and direct us toward the upcoming Geula, being Hashem’s New World Order...
Disillusions: A Spiritual GPS For the Journeyer is made up of a series of connected events and conversations about life and faith and Gd. Normally I don't read any philosophy, but this book wasn't hard to get into. All that was missing was a glossary, since many of the words and terms would be incompressible for its potential readership. Even though I have been living a Torah observant life for over half a century, I'm still very sensitive to the differences in everyday language, or I try to be. Sometimes we say things that are perfectly clear to us in the Torah observant World and forget that the word usage makes no sense to others.

On the whole, Disillusions: A Spiritual GPS For the Journeyer, The Real New World Order is a delightful book and can be enjoyed on many levels. Excerpts of Yemima Bakol's book can also be used to stimulate discussion.

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Targum Press, Incorporated; 1 edition (November 13, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568716435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568716435
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)


Mr. Cohen said...

One of my favorite Jewish books is
Faces and Facets by Rabbi Aryeh
Kaplan ZTL ZYA. Two quotes from that book:


“But the love of G_d does not come easily.
Before one can even hope to love G_d,
one must develop the power, the capability
to love. One must learn to love those around
him, his neighbors, [and] his fellow man.

For a person who has never learned to
love others can never hope to love G_d.

The person whose soul is strangled by
self-love, or by self-pity, cannot
open his being to the love of G_d.

The misanthrope, the cynic, and
the pessimist, who only look for
the bad in people, ever suspicious
of their intentions, find the world
a rather nasty place to live in.

Such people live without joy and
without light. For them, the world
is a place of evil, divorced from
the ultimate good. There is no room
in such lives for a G_d of love.”

SOURCE: Faces and Facets
(part III, chapter 2, page 118,
article titled: The Power of Hate)
by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, year 1993 CE,
Moznaim Publishing, Brooklyn,New York


“We must realize what worship really is.

The Rabbi is not the actor, and
the congregation is not the audience.

Rather, it is the worshippers who
are the actors. Who is the audience?
G_d alone.

We are in a house of prayer to do
things before G_d.

The Rabbi is merely an off-stage
prompter who directs our thoughts
and our words, It is we, the worshippers,
who present our hearts, our minds,
our souls, our bodies, in prayer to G_d,
as a sacrifice in the Temple that is within us.”

SOURCE: Faces and Facets
(part III, chapter 8, page 160, article
titled: Command Performance) by Rabbi
Aryeh Kaplan, year 1993 CE, Moznaim
Publishing, Brooklyn, New York

Mr. Patrick Condell has no Jewish ancestors
and no religion that might cause him to favor Jews.

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Batya said...

Maybe you'd like Disillusions: A Spiritual GPS For the Journeyer, The Real New World Order by Yemima Bakol.