In Spiritual Integrity, Martin S. Cohen argues that it is possible for a serious commitment to religion to coexist with a parallel commitment to the absolute integrity of the intellect. Written for people of all faiths by a working rabbi with decades of experience in the pulpit, Spiritual Integrity is its author’s attempt to use the evidence of his own faith to demonstrate that it is entirely possible to use the traditional trappings of religious commitment to live honestly in the world as a person of faith.
Martin S. Cohen, the author of Our Haven and Our Strength: The Book of Psalms in New Translation (2004) and The Boy on the Door on the Ox (2008), as well as senior editor of the 2012 landmark volume The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews, serves as the rabbi of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, New York.
The First Gate: Knowing God
The Second Gate: Believing in God
The Third Gate: Reading God
The Fourth Gate: Praying to God
The Fifth Gate: Worshiping God
The Sixth Gate: Obeying God
The Seventh Gate: Standing Before God
The Eighth Gate: Living with God in the World
The Ninth Gate: Loving God
The Tenth Gate: Cleaving Unto God
List of Abbreviations
About the Author
This is a daring work. It tries both to deepen spirituality and to deflate its pretensions. The journey toward spiritual integrity requires relentless honesty, self-criticism, truthfulness, and insistence on truth. Cohen is a wise and amicable companion on an arduous journey.
Martin S. Cohen has written a deeply insightful book that distills decades of his life as a working rabbi and scholar. His book is a remarkably accessible, learned and meditative primer on the 'gates' that lead toward the paradoxical, unfathomable, metaphorical—and yet vividly real—joy of life lived in communion with God.
Short indeed is the list of contemporary authors able through the force of their prose to awaken moderns to the worship of God with the graceful persuasiveness of Martin S. Cohen, whose writing flows both from his prodigious learning and from his unwavering commitment to intellectual integrity. But there is the medium to consider as well as the message: by resurrecting the classical prose style of Jewish antiquity, Cohen manages to offer his response to cynicism and post-modernism in language that will be resonant with moderns precisely because it is so evocatively traditional and so unequivocally honest.