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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,134 - Total Helpful Votes: 2107 of 3006
God of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and &hellip by Shais Taub
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, 21 Sep 2014
I saw Rabbi Taub on a Jewish.net video - he was amusing and profound. This book was just as wonderful - it offers many deep insights into human psychology, and at the same time it's easy to read. His basic point is that we've got to come to terms with reality to Iive well. He points out that 12 step programmes use many of the spiritual insights of the Torah, and you can be Jewish and maintain the integrity of your faith on the programme.

Rabbi Taub is a very likeable teacher and his wisdom will enrich your life.
Business Secrets from the Bible: Spiritual Success&hellip by Rabbi Daniel Lapin
I found a lot of what Rabbi Lapin has to say refreshing and inspiring. I came to his work after reading people like Jonathan Sacks and Yoram Hazony, who give accessible insights into Biblical stories, which I find very helpful.

Rabbi Lapin is a bit more populist and we get plenty of his opinions to go with his Biblical insights. He's a bit old school - explaining his contempt for the commencement speeches that tell graduates to 'follow your dream'. He says learn to like what pays well.

In my younger days, I worked for a City law firm which was well-paid, but it wasn't easy, and the quality of human relationships was poor. According to Rabbi Lapin, I should have stuck… Read more
The Past [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Bérénice Bejo
The Past [DVD] DVD ~ Bérénice Bejo
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Intense dialogue, symbolism, beautiful people, multicultural strife, long meaningful pauses - this is a perfect French film for a miserable wet afternoon. The only thing missing is gratuitous sex. Oh it goes on, deftly revealing the hypocrisies, misunderstandings and repressed feelings of the characters, but is it entertaining?

The work that goes into creating something like this must be colossal. It's a plausible scenario - it's hyper-realistic, but I didn't really enjoy it or find it uplifting in any way. This is Michael Haneke territory - exquisitely done, but only for art house aficionados.

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