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And: Building a World of Connection Through Jewish Mystical Wisdom

by TZiPi Vivien Radonsky

     And is a profound and joyful book that brings together spirit and leadership, examining the path that joins greatness, humility, and compassion. And asks important questions, then sits with us as the answers gently come forth. How do you protect your heart? How do you open your heart? And will engage you right there, in the heart. 

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     In working with my corporate clients I had begun to notice the negative affect the word but had on the conversation, and how limiting it was in moving forward. The antidote to but, I decided, and the literature supported me, was substituting the word and for the word but.
     What you will find in the book’s pages is my musings. I love to write. Many people think of me as an extrovert. I do get some of my energy from others. And, I love being by myself and musing, digging deep and scratching the inside of a thought and watching the spreading of connections between words and ideas. In this book you will read about the core seed that stimulated my thinking about and. In the blog at times there is a form and consistency, other times, I either got bored or could not remember how I did the last entry. So I wrote the next entry differently. Each time I wrote to understand an idea, an experience. I started using pictures because the color added an interest. Sometimes I wrote from a picture, other times there is no connection between the picture and the words.
     What I have come to discover is that I am and, a living breathing paradox, made of opposites, similarities, and put together as a configuration that is entirely me.

TZiPi Vivien Radonsky

TZiPi Vivien RadonskyTZiPi is a lifelong learner, traveling rabbi-teacher coach, artist, and woman of the world. Her primary kavana — 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, and as an associate at the Center for Creative Leadership, where she began coaching and has been inspired for more than 20 years. She brings her whole self into each encounter. TZiPi received a bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Georgia, a master of health science in occupational therapy from the University of Florida, 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 a private smicha. TZiPi is the mother of two amazing daughters in relationship with two devoted husbands, and grandmother of four perfectly happy grandchildren. She lives in Port Royal, SC.

7 reviews for And: Building a World of Connection Through Jewish Mystical Wisdom

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    The philosophy and magic of improvisation relies on the cardinal principle of Yes, and TZiPi Radonsky’s new work, And, explores the power of the terrain of Yes in everyday life. Part memoir, part self-help, part spiritual journey, And provides wisdom from a unique voice.
    -Patricia Ryan Madson, Stanford Emerita and author of Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up

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    These poetic reflections are like fine chocolate — bite-sized, delicate, and intense. The ingredients are the product of a life of action and reflection, pain and joy, growth and ever-deepening wisdom. They are best sampled as TZiPi created them, as treats to be savored slowly, in small bites, their effects lingering in mind and memory long after they’ve been consumed. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
    -Lyndon Rego, global director, Leadership Beyond Boundaries, Center for Creative Leadership

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    Jacob Frank, the great Jewish heretic, once wrote that one must “hold on to this and not remove one’s hand from that.” In that spirit of inclusion and productive transgression comes this fascinating book’s embrace of the vav, the and, the nondual. Enjoy and be challenged.
    -Jay Michaelson, author of Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism

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    And isn’t a book about Jewish mysticism, it is a Jewish mystical book. Reading And takes you into the soul of a contemporary kabbalist. You feel what it is to engage the world with a mystic heart. Rabbi Radonsky has opened a window into the mystical the way few others can or will. Read this book, and be grateful that you did.
    -Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Amazing Chesed

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    Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky describes herself as a lifelong learner, and in this rare collection of intense musings over a five-year period, she digs unblinkingly into her own heart and mind, raising fundamental questions about spirituality, how we live our lives, our independence and connectedness, and much more. Driving the work is vav, the Hebrew word for and, the great connector. Throughout these writings, one can see the power of vav in her life and, through her blessings, in ours. Expanding our hearts to include all others; expanding our minds to be open to all possibilities.
    -Barry Oshry, author of Seeing Systems: Unlocking the Mysteries of Organizational Life

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    The book And is a joy. No buts about it! This is real life being lived, with delicious breadcrumbs for us all to follow. The wisdom it contains is profound, accessible, and honest. Open your heart!
    And is a book of revelation, and a guidebook for any spiritual traveler. From the wellspring of the Torah, And flows to all hearts. Bursting with song, for all the lonely people, halleluya: It is going to be alright. This book is a joy!
    And is a profound and joyful book that brings together spirit and leadership, examining the path that joins greatness, humility, and compassion. And asks important questions, then sits with us as the answers gently come forth. How do you protect your heart? How do you open your heart? And will engage you right there, in the heart.
    -Chuck Palus, senior faculty and manager of the Connected Leadership Project at the Center for Creative Leadership and co-author of Making Common Sense: Leadership as Meaning-making in a Community of Practice and The Leader’s Edge: Six Creative Competencies for Exploring Complex Challenges

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    The title And, the rich Hebrew wisdom running through the book, and the inspiring imagery of this five-year journal drew me quickly into the author’s own spiritual quest for an inclusive heart. Through stories, poetry, and inspiring illustrations at the beginning of each chapter, Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky continually and reflectively invites the reader into a deep awareness of the power of the inclusive word and. Her constant monitoring of her own vocabulary and personal attitude reminds us of our need also to recognize and transform our own human limits and personal boxes. Using the Hebrew letter vav and a prayerful meditation at the end of many chapters also challenges us to find a blessing each day through the inclusive teaching of mystical Jewish wisdom.
    -Elizabeth M. Reis, SSJ, D.MIN, director of The S.S.J. Consultant Services and author of A Deeper Kind of Truth and The Gift of a Listening Heart

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