AND: BUILDING A WORLD OF CONNECTION THROUGH JEWISH MYSTICAL WISDOM
by Rabbi TZiPi Vivien Radonsky, Ph.D.
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About the Book:
Are you a Vav-nik? Are you open to love, accepting things the way they are and creating possibilities? These are the core questions of Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky’s new book, AND – Building a World of Connection Through Jewish Mystical Wisdom. Reb TZiPi writes that the Vav, the 6th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, has the energy intelligence of eternal connection and when put in front of words means AND. Vav-nik behaviors can include: choosing to use the word “AND” instead of “BUT”; and being able to sit next to an “enemy” and engage in authentic, non-judgmental conversation. AND did not come from Reb TZiPi’s intellect. The Society of the Vav is a phrase that came from within and sent her on a soul’s journey of five years of curiosity of uncovering.
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About the Author:
Reb TZiPi is a life-long learner, traveling rabbi-teacher, coach, artist and woman of the world. Her primary kavannah-intention is to heal the world one heart at a time, starting with herself.
This happens through her professional relationships as mentor-coach in her private coaching and leadership development training practice at Watering the Tree Outside the Fence as well as an associate at the Center for Creative Leadership where she began coaching and has been inspired for more than 20 years.
Her education includes degrees in occupational therapy and a doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In the summer of 2005 she became an ordained rabbi through private Smicha and brings her whole self into each encounter. Reb TZiPi is the mother of two amazing daughters in relationship with two devoted husbands, a grandmother of four perfect grandchildren and now lives in Port Royal, South Carolina.
A huge lesson for me in the creation of this book was that I am my own teacher. Through writing I experienced my interconnectedness to everything and everyone. I am learning that I am never alone. I live in the midst of interconnected circles of various communities that nurture and sustain me, inspire and love me, teach, challenge, and hold me. Some of those bright circle lights are: Sarah Yehudit Schneider, my Talmud/mystical Judaism teacher, who was available to talk about the vav and, through her wisdom and open heart, encouraged me to keep dancing to the needs of the moment. Friend and colleague Chuck Palus, who taught me about the ins and outs of blogging and gave me feedback on my writing. My and partner, Lyndon Rego, who engaged with me about and through writing and thinking about the use of and in the world. Rabbi Eli Havivi, who — when I told him about my love affair with the vav— coined the word Vav-nik as a spinoff from Lamed Vavniks, who like other avatars, walk the earth mending tears in the universe. Tim, who taught me about trust and self-soothing while supporting my personal growth through helping me see what he saw. Mary Louise, who helped me create Vav-nik cards and then send out the first certificates from the Society of the Vav. The many along my path who found time to read the blog and were moved to make comments and those who listened as I encouraged them to join my mission to de-but the world. My primary virtual mindfulness teachers, the Baal Shem Tov and the Buddha, who modeled how to stay awake, to trust oneself and to do what was right for me. Marc Gafni, the man who ordained me, who believed that my light needed to be a rabbi, who offered his students the phrase Hebrew wisdom. I am grateful for his opening this gate.
As in all rhythmic, oscillating circles my friend Arthur Kurzweil came back onto my life and was committed to making this project happen; and my editor-in-chief, Wendy Bernstein, who taught me so much about patience and that relationships grow over time. And my daughters, Andrea and Ilana, and sister Phyllis, who are my constant.
I have often met people who gave gratefulness to their God for their creativity. From the first time I heard that phrase, I wanted that relationship, too. Today, I realize I had it all along. In publishing this book, I am honoring that holy partnership.
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