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Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi

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.

Preparing for Sinai: Uniting Earth and Heaven, Words and Wheat

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

From the evening of Tuesday June 3 through the evening of June 5, Jews will be celebrating the festival of Shavuot, which in most of Jewish life today is focused on the revelation and acceptance of Torah at Mount Sinai.

Experimenting Toward Sabbatical/Shmitah in America

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Can we turn our eco-wisdom Away from climate doom, Into a joyful future? Often the climate crisis is described only as approaching doom. As the offic...

Passover Asks: Are You Ready to Go?

Sara Davidson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Sara Davidson

When I arrived that morning at his home in Boulder, CO, the rabbi's wife, Eve, was in the kitchen, preparing for Passover by removing 'hametz' -- anything containing flour that's risen -- from every drawer, shelf and counter.

Spiritual and Religious

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Religion is a tool that performs a service for us, something we utilize for our own spiritual development. Unfortunately, we sometimes end up getting used by the tool! But that's not the fault of religion.

Hanukkah & Earth: The Sacred Green Menorah

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On Shabbat Hanukkah (this year, Nov. 29-30), we read an extraordinary passage from the Prophet Zechariah. Speaking during the Babylonian Captivity, he envisions the future Great Menorah, taking its sacred place in a rebuilt Holy Temple.

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

Tisha B'Av Tears: the Waters of Our Healing

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This Tisha B'Av was especially poignant. For we weep and fast this year together with more than a billion Muslims, who are fasting in this month of Ramadan.

The Core Of Yesod

Reb Ezra Weinberg | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Reb Ezra Weinberg

The week of yesod in the Counting of the Omer is an invitation to consider pulling down the veil. It's about penetrating to the core of who we are.

The Rainbow: Shattered Or Transformed? A Prophetic Outcry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In the light of that Danger of Desolation hovering before us in our generation, let me offer what follows as a supplementary reading for this coming Shabbat, when Jews read the second portion of the Torah about God's decision to reverse and undo Creation with a flood.

'Do You Know What It Feels Like To Beg?'

Sara Davidson | Posted 09.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Sara Davidson

The coin was supposed to protect me and bring good work, both of which were accomplished. But the magic of Reb Zalmans' coin was that it expanded my sensitivity and capacity to be generous.