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Jewish Spirituality

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Father of Jewish Renewal, Dies at 89

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

For the most part, Schachter-Shalomi's success was based in his liberal acceptance of people exploring alternate paths of spiritual awakening (from LSD to Yoga), and his legitimizing of alternate possibilities within Judaism.

The Four Words (and Stages) Of Redemption and Going Toward the Fifth, Ultimate Stage

Sholom Brodt | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Sholom Brodt

Hashem tells Moshe Rabbeinu to go to Mitzrayim and tell the Children of Israel about their forthcoming redemption with a specific message. The message begins, "Therefore say to the children of Israel, I Am Hashem." First and foremost, we must always keep in mind that we have a G-d who is loving and caring for us!

Surrendering "Top Privilege" in a Life of Blessing: Jacob's Example

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

What does it mean then to prevail with God and be "blessed" by God? Though the root word of "bless" is "kneel," surely the human Jacob has not actually dominated or overpowered the Almighty Creator to become his conquest.

Are We Afraid Of Talking About G-d?

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Most of us consider G-d a four letter word. Something to be avoided at all costs, lest we be associated with the crazies and the terrorists and the preachers. When I started my journey into becoming a religious Jew, I figured this was finally going to change. It didn't.

Jewish Lists: What They Say About Us

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Whether we are aware of it or not, published Jewish lists have been around at least since the sixth century when the scholars and leaders of the Jewish community were in exile in Babylonia.

Legacy And Family: A Hadran For Harry Potter

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

When my wife and I chose the names of our three precious children, we were committed to naming them after family members we had loved and lost. It struck me immediately, when our youngest daughter was named, that the pantheon of my ancestral family was whole again.

Unicycle Yourself To A Better You

Tzipah Wertheimer | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Tzipah Wertheimer

As we count each of the days of the sefira, we are meant to realign ourselves. The goal is to hold back what needs to be held back and push ourselves into those awkward uncomfortable places that ultimately make us into better people.

The Promise Of Passover

Roben Smolar | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Roben Smolar

Passover, in many respects, is among the most accessible and relatable moments on the Jewish calendar. It invites us to immerse ourselves in the Jewish narrative in a way no other holiday does.

Can A Jew Find Truth In India?

Elad Nehorai | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

We live in this world that tells us: If you have problems, the answer is outside of you. If you're looking for truth, it exists somewhere else. If you want to grow, you need to leave your hometown, your community, your world. And that was the compulsion I had throughout college.

5 Reasons Jews Gravitate Toward Buddhism

Ellen Frankel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

Jews seeking a spiritual connection often find it in Buddhist philosophy where practices such as meditation and mindfulness are both central and accessible.

Embodied Spirituality: 'The Body Is The Glory Of The Soul'

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

In our age, many identify a spiritual life precisely with an otherworldly attitude, one that looks upon physical things as somehow destructive. We need not be chained to this toxic split.

Thinking Outside The Book: Shavuot And The Great Torah Download

Eitan Press | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Eitan Press

Many people associate the word "Torah" with the Five books of Moses, but according to Jewish wisdom, the Torah and what was given at Mt. Sinai was much more than a book.

Hasidic Women And Drawing Inspiration From Struggle

Chava Tombosky | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

I was invited to attend the Dr. Phil show last week to offer commentary on their feature story about a young and beautiful woman who had a tale of unsettling circumstances in regard to her Hasidic background.

Marketing Superstition As Spirituality At The Kabbalah Centre

Rabbi Arthur Green | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Green

The Kabbalah Centre's founders and leaders have taken the reputation of an ancient and noble tradition and have sullied it for their own gain. Kabbalah deserves better.

A Place Called Hope

Shelly R. Fredman | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Shelly R. Fredman

As O'Donohue says, "There is a place in you, still, where there is a seamlessness and tranquility. And the intention of prayer, spirituality, love, is to now and again visit that inner sanctuary."

To Return To Yourself

Holly Sidell | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Holly Sidell

During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, for the first truly extended period of time, I returned to myself. I got to experience myself in a state of completion, and got to see and feel who I am when I am whole.

Have We Forgotten How To Cry?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

On Yom Kippur in traditional synagogues people would weep. They would beat their chests as tears streamed down their faces. But for many to display genuine feeling in public is an embarrassment.

Yom Kippur In The Canyon: A Fast Of Presence

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

Yom Kippur arrived softly in Elephant Canyon. Tall cliffs of red rock and yellow sandstone framed the light blue sky. The moon rose bright and clear. There was no one around for miles.

Sharing The Light : A Jewel Of Elul By Yisrael Campbell

Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Spiritual Light: A Jewel Of Elul By Mary J. Blige

Posted 11.10.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Levels Of Spiritual Awakening

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

The realization that awakening is a never-ending process is a core spiritual insight taught by all great religious teachers, and these teachers have left us a map of the stages of awakening.

What Is The Greatest Mystery?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 09.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

As the poet Novalis wrote: "Inward goes the way full of mystery." The more we explore ourselves and our souls, the more complicated, multilayered, profound and baffling we become.

Beyond Transcendental: Realizing Your Innate G-d Connection

Rabbi Chaim Miller | Posted 07.15.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Chaim Miller

The notion of an infinite chasm between you and G-d is simply not true. It is not a vertical relationship of G-d up there and you down here, but a horizontal one. Your own soul is G-dly.