An old joke tells of a Jewish woman who treks to the Himalayas to seek an audience with a guru sitting in seclusion on a mountaintop. When at last she comes before him, she implores: ´´Sheldon, come home!´´ Rosie Rosenzweig became that Jewish mother-but in real life, the story has a different ending. Instead of asking her Buddhist son, Ben, to come home, Rosie accepts his invitation to find out about Buddhism firsthand. Together they visit retreat centers in Europe and Asia and meet leading meditation masters who are Ben´s gurus: Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and Tibetan lamas Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. While struggling to come to terms with Ben´s choice of a spiritual path so different from everything that she cherishes, Rosie finds that she is learning more about herself than she anticipated. The adventures of Rosie recounts take her from her Boston suburb to a Zen hermitage in France, an enclave of Tibetan Buddhists in Nepal, and finally to her own spiritual home in Jerusalem. Whether she is practicing mindfulness meditation, sharing a cup of tea with a Zen master, or worrying about bowing down to idols, Rosie is intent in her quest to find common ground between two ancient traditions, to deepen her understanding of her son, and to find a way to her own authentic experience of truth. Hers is a mission of peace that seeks to build a bridge of understanding between cultures and faiths while remaining true to her own Jewish identity.
´´Teaching Religion Hands On´´ means a year´s worth of religion class with customized lessons, teachings units and ready-to-use materials for the grade-school level. Each unit is preceeded by an outline of the theological and didactic materials that follow, providing an exact orientation to the content and goals of the lesson.A. Peace: ´´Shalom´´ for you and for me, for village and city, emphasis on mankindB. Third World: Learning from one another - Sharing with one another - There´s plenty for everyone through sharing and trust, emphasis on mankind C. Creation as a gift and a challenge: Life is secure in the hand of God, emphasis on God D. Noah, the ark and the rainbow: Beginning life anew, emphasis on GodE. Christmas: ´´... and Peace on Earth,´´ emphasis on Jesus Christ.F. Death and resurrection of Christ: Life will always be, emphasis on Jesus Christ G. The assembly and spread of the community: Taking the message of life from Jerusalem to Rome, emphasis on the ChurchH. Muslims and Jews: What others believe - How others live, emphasis on religions I. The Prophets: Jonah - Let Nineveh live on, emphasis on the Bible
Raised like sisters, Mariamne and Salome are indulged with riches, position, and learning - a rare thing for females in ancient Jerusalem. But Mariamne has a further gift: an illness has left her with visions - she has the power of prophecy. It is her prophesying that drives the two girls to flee to Egypt, where they study philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy in the Great Library of Alexandria. After seven years they return to a Judea, where many now believe John the Baptizer is the messiah. Salome too begins to believe, but Mariamne, now called Magdalene, is drawn to his cousin, Yeshu´a, a man touched by the divine in the same way she was during her days of illness. Together they speak of sharing their direct experience of God. But Yeshu´a unexpectedly gains a reputation as a healer, and as the ill and the troubled flock to him, he and Magdalene are forced to make a terrible decision. This radical retelling of the greatest story ever told brings Mary Magdalene to life, not as a prostitute or demon-possessed, but as an educated woman who was truly the ´´apostle to the apostles´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bernadette Dunne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000866/bk_bkot_000866_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.