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A best-selling author and rabbi's profoundly affecting exploration of the meaning and purpose of the soul, inspired by the famous correspondence between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi.

"A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness...." (Albert Einstein)

When Rabbi Naomi Levy came across this poignant letter by Einstein, it shook her to her core. His words perfectly captured what she has come to believe about the human condition: that we are intimately connected and that we are blind to this truth. Levy wondered what had elicited such spiritual wisdom from a man of science. Thus began a three-year search into the mystery of Einstein's letter and into the mystery of the human soul. What emerges is an inspiring, deeply affecting audiobook for people of all faiths filled with universal truths that will help us reclaim our own souls and glimpse the unity that has been evading us. We all long to see more expansively, to live up to our gifts, to understand why we are here. In Einstein and the Rabbi, Levy leads us on a breathtaking journey full of wisdom, empathy, and humor, challenging us to wake up and heed the voice calling from within - a voice beckoning us to become who we were born be.

©2017 Naomi Levy (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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"It would be hard to find a more upbeat, moving, and loving narrative than this...Speaking with a slight Brooklyn accent, she tells listeners that she views life as a tremendous opportunity for love, healing, and insight." — AudioFile Magazine

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  • Harold S. Geller
  • 17-12-17

An excellent book, filled with life lessons!

I found this book to be both engaging and educational. Rabbi Levy should read more audiobooks!

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  • JSRR1950
  • 28-06-20

Fabulous Must-read book

A truly deep and wise book full of how to access the wisdom of your soul. Makes no difference if you are Jewish Christian or otherwise, the truths here are universal and found in all the religious traditions.
The only caveat is to listen to the sample. While I came to enjoy Rabbi Levy’s readers voice overtime and came to regard it as a friend, that same voice grated on my wife and she had to go to the print version which we got because it is a wonderful reference book for so many difficult situations in life. However you access this wisdom, it will be yours for a lifetime.

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  • JDF
  • 10-01-18

A spirit-filled life-affirming book.

Loved this book by Naomi Levy. It is a life and spirit affirming book filled with anecdotes from the Rabbi Levy's life and from the two great personalities that form the basis of the tale. There is a mystery that starts her search about who Einstein wrote a letter to and a satisfying resolution and complex end as she unravels the almost forgotten tale of the Rabbi who saved nearly 1000 boys from Buchenwald. Amazing story that intertwines with Rabbi Levy's own interesting tale. Performance by the author just adds to the enchantment. Highly recommended.

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  • sweater lover
  • 18-12-17

Glad I stayed with it

If you could sum up Einstein and the Rabbi in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, Spiritual,Repetitive

Would you be willing to try another book from Naomi Levy? Why or why not?

Probably not. I imagine Rabbi Levy would be a delightful person to know, however I found her reading voice did not add to the experience.

How could the performance have been better?

Would a professional performer added to the experience. Maybe.

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  • Carol Bee
  • 21-06-21

Perfection

I loved this book. It felt as though Rabbi Levy was reading it to me, personally. The learning was personal and deep. I have not done much in the way of Jewish studies, but i will continue learning now. As Sisterhood president I may start a group centered on this book. I wonder if others have the same overwhelming reaction to the learning.

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  • Miss Kiz
  • 04-01-21

What my heart and soul needed

I’m a nurse, times have been tough. I’m burnt out, tired. My spirit felt deflated. I have felt too busy or drained to worry about my spirit and soul but ignoring it is the thing that turkey was draining me. This book changed my thought process and I feel more centered and able to care with more compassion than before.

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  • Jewel's Daughter
  • 14-08-20

AMAZING BOOK EVER TO ME

Wow love this book listen to some of it every night it reaches the heart and tells you about your Seoul my heart feels the author knows what she is talking about and only the the Souls will know thank you Rabi

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  • Carriel Danz
  • 01-01-20

Nourish my Soul

Oh, how I missed a great Jewish Sermon. Be still my searching soul! You lead me to still waters...Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  • Yevgeniya Gazman
  • 16-05-19

Most powerful, stirring book I have ever read.

Be ready. It will change your life. Remind you of who you are. Break the delusion of separation. Wrap you in wholeness and unity.

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  • Eric Hughes
  • 29-10-18

Something for everyone

no matter your religious beliefs, you can easily relate to what Rabbi shares in this book. I laughed and cried, and appreciated her message very much.

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