Paradise is not some far-off distant time
or place, nor is it beyond death. It is here and now,
according to Howard Cooper—one of the most eloquent new
voices in spirituality.
The Alphabet of Paradise contains
twenty-six chapters, A-Z, on such topics as:
Awe Bodies Creativity
Dreams Emotions Food Humor Illness
Justice Kabbalah Love Money
Throughout each, Cooper uses the ancient
Jewish mystical interpretive technique of PaRDeS, examining:
The Plain or literal meaning of the
Reminders, hints, or allusions that
the subject evokes
Deeper spiritual meanings
And the Secret or mystical meanings
that are sometimes present
Demonstrating a remarkable range of
cultural understanding and spiritual insight—from Salman
Rushdie to soccer to sauerkraut—The Alphabet of Paradise
uncovers the mystical meaning of our everyday lives.
Praise for Howard Cooper’s work
"This is an extraordinary book.
Without resorting to conventional piety, dogmas or
religious language, Howard Cooper has managed to write a
spirituality for everyday life that resonates with the most
profound mystical teachings of the major traditions."
Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History and other books.
"An innovative look at contemporary
culture, from dreams and food to sex and work. A new,
fresh voice in the landscape of spirituality books."
Kushner, author of Jewish Spirituality:
A Brief Introduction for
Christians and other books
Howard Cooper is
widely recognized as one of the most eloquent and vital new
voices of spirituality in the world today. He is a rabbi in