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About the author:
Sam Krause, eldest child of Holocaust survivors, developed a determination and comic edge early in life. Rebel and class clown against the unlikeliest of backdrops - the Yeshiva - Sam opted out for a secular education at age 11. This momentous decision landed him at the formidable DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, which his parents chose, he asserts, "Simply because it wasn't co-ed." A child of the Sixties, Sam performed at numerous comedy club open mike nights on both coasts. Like most of his contemporaries, Sam became a seeker and student of human potential, and in the late 1980's he found the perfect synthesis of his East-West philosophies in the form of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. It was the 15-year pursuit of this profound philosophy, coupled with the details surrounding his heart transplant, which provided the inspiration for this book. Sam lives in Passaic, NJ with his wife and the younger four of his six children.
"Hey Waiter...There's God in My Soup!"
Learning Kabbalah Through Humor
Sam "Simcha" Krause
Although Kabbalah has made a dramatic entrance into pop culture over the past decade, authentic Kabbalah is an ancient discipline dating back over 3,300 years. This deeply esoteric, mystical branch of Judaism has been handed down by word of mouth throughout the generations and came to written form in the second century by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Kabbalah's purpose is to give profound inner meaning to written Scripture and attempt to describe the transcendent nature of a formless, infinite God as He relates to His finite creations.
You might ask, "What's a nice, serious subject like Kabbalah doing in a book like this?" The answer lies in Kabbalah itself. Laughter is an involuntary reflex that transcends reason and lifts us above our physical state, allowing for an unselfconscious connection with something beyond the self - God, for example. A joyful person is open, available and willing to entertain concepts that don't necessarily fit a logical paradigm. So jokes can become vehicles through which we can contemplate the divine.
If this sounds intriguing, have I got a joke book for you!
- Publication Date:
- 1453729801 / 9781453729809
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Religion / Judaism / Kabbalah & Mysticism