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Everyday Mysticism: A Contemplative Community at Work in the Desert

Ariel Glucklich


Everyday Mysticism is a close look at a school for the study of the self in the deep Israeli desert. The school, which was established in the community of Neot Smadar in 1989, assumes the external form of a kibbutz, but is a contemplative community for individuals who seek to become aware of the devastating effects of mechanical thinking. The author spent several summers working in the community and describes, as a participant, the way that contemplative practice—everyday mysticism—shapes the work environment, the community structure and human relationships. The book also provides detailed exa ... More

Keywords: Self-inquiry, contemplation, desert community, religious experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300212099
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300212099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ariel Glucklich, author
Georgetown University