"Each religion is like an internal organ of the planet... I want Judaism to be the healthiest it can be for the sake of the planet, just as any other religion should be."
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, more affectionately known as Reb Zalman, was originally ordained as an Orthodox rabbi in 1947. That, however, was just the beginning of his spiritual journey and study of world religions. He is spoken of as the “Father” of the Jewish Renewal movement—a post-Holocaust, non-Orthodox Jewish movement that blends kabbalistic and Hasidic elements, while also integrating other practices such as meditation, chant and dance, as well as borrowed elements of Buddhism, Sufism and Christian mysticism. His teachings are more experience than doctrine, a yearning for God, “Faith is tossing out into the future an anticipation for which I don’t have proof.”
This classic audio workshop of Reb Zalman—recorded during a weekend retreat in New York City—is an intriguing collection of prayers, song, stories and inspiration from a great religious teacher— a rare glimpse of the rebbe’s teachings about the cultivation of a living, breathing and evolving faith.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi is widely recognized as one of the most important Jewish spiritual teachers of our generation. He has published more than 150 books and articles on Jewish spiritual life. He is Professor Emeritus of Religion both at Naropa University and at Temple University. He has been a friend, teacher, and close colleague of such diverse luminaries as the Dalai Lama, Ram Dass, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Brother David Steindl-Rast, and Timothy Leary.
Running time: 8 hours, 32 minutes
ISBN: Digital Download 978-1-61544-351-2