At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land

At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land

by Yossi Klein Halevi


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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor comes a new edition—with a new and updated foreword—of his brilliantly observed memoir and unprecedented and remarkable spiritual journey.

“One of the most important spiritual memoirs of our time.”—Krista Tippett, host of the radio program, On Being

While religion has fueled the often violent conflict plaguing the Holy Land, Yossi Klein Halevi wondered whether it could be a source of unity as well. To find the answer, this religious Israeli Jew began a two-year exploration to discover a common language with his Christian and Muslim neighbors. He followed their holiday cycles, befriended Christian monastics and Islamic mystics, and joined them in prayer in monasteries and mosques in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden traces that remarkable spiritual journey. Halevi candidly reveals how he fought to reconcile his own fears and anger as a Jew to relate to Christians and Muslims as fellow spiritual seekers. He chronicles the difficulty of overcoming multiple obstacles—theological, political, historical, and psychological—that separate believers of the three monotheistic faiths. And he introduces a diverse range of people attempting to reconcile the dichotomous heart of this sacred place—a struggle central to Israel, but which resonates for us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062913111
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 549,979
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Yossi Klein Halevi is an American-born writer who has lived in Jerusalem since 1982. He is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the author of At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land and Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, which won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Family Book of the Year Award for Best Jewish Book in 2013. Together with Imam Abdullah Antelpi of Duke University, he co-directs the Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative. He and his wife, Sarah, have three children.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Part I

1 Ramadan 13

2 Id el-Adha 59

Part II

3 Lent 109

4 Easter 137

5 Christmas 185

Part III

6 Feast of the Transfiguration 235

7 Lailat al-Miraj 269

Acknowledgments 311

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