Seeing God in All of Life's Movements

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

March 16, 2006, New York, NY

From everyday moments to holy day observances, we have the opportunity to see God's presence in our life, but we often have trouble knowing where and how to look for it.

"Contrary to the popular adage, seeing is not believing. Rather, we see what we already believe," declares Dr. Neil Gillman, renowned theologian and teacher, and author of the soon–to–be–released Traces of God: Seeing God in Torah, History and Everyday Life (Jewish Lights, June 2006).

Thought–provoking yet easily accessible, this spiritual guide focuses the reader's attention to the every day and holy days that shape religious life and helps answer the reader's heartfelt spiritual questions, including: How can I know God really exists? How do I know when God is present? How much control do I have over my own destiny? Why do I suffer and what role do I play in redemption—both human and divine?

Dr. Gillman is Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he has also served as Chair of the Department of Jewish Philosophy and Dean of The Rabbinical School, from which he was ordained in 1960. He is the author of Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a Publishers Weekly "Best Book of the Year"; The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism; and The Jewish Approach to God: A Brief Introduction for Christians.

Editors/Reporters: To schedule and interview with Dr. Gillman, please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953; or email.

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