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Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, better known as ‘Reb Zalman,’ is widely considered as one of the most important spiritual teachers of our time.
Born in Zholkiew, Poland, in 1924, his family fled Nazi oppression in 1938 and landed in New York City in 1941. Descended from a distinguished family of Belzer Hasidim, he became a HaBaD Hasid as a teenager while still living in Antwerp, Belgium. He was later ordained by HaBaD-Lubavitch in 1947 and became one of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s first generation of outreach workers. He later earned his MA in psychology from Boston University in 1956 and a DHL from Hebrew Union College in 1968. He is professor emeritus of Psychology of Religion and Jewish Mysticism at Temple University and is World Wisdom Chair emeritus at Naropa University. Today he is known as the father of the Jewish Renewal and Spiritual Eldering movements, and for his pioneering work in interfaith dialogue, and is widely considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Hasidism and Kabbalah. He is the author of Spiritual Intimacy: A Study of Counseling in Hasidism (1991), From Age-ing to Sage-ing (1995), Jewish with Feeling: Guide to a Meaningful Jewish Practice (2005), and co-author of A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (2009). Reb Zalman currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Entries by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

An Abrahamic Call for Sunnis and Shi'ites to Stand Together

(10) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 5:28 PM

There is an issue of which all of us who would like to see peace in the Middle East are aware, but which is mostly going unmentioned today because of fear of reprisals. The issue is the state of war currently existing between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims. For centuries, both...

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Intention: Praying with Kavanah

(10) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 10:41 AM

An old story tells of the Baal Shem Tov coming to a synagogue and turning back at the door, unable to enter. Too many prayers inside, he said.

"But Master," asked his disciples, "surely a room full of prayer is a good thing?"

"But all the prayers are stuck...

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Reb Zalman's Jewel of Elul: December Days

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 5:08 PM

Recently I had a conversation with someone who said to me, "You wrote a very beautiful book; it's very uplifting and encouraging. However, isn't there a dark side to aging?" And he is right, there is a more somber side.

I find myself now in my December days. In my...

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My Neighbor's Faith: What I Found in the Chapel

(11) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 7:31 AM

In 1955, after years of intensive seminary study and service in various Orthodox Jewish congregations in New England, I began to feel the need for a broader education and a wider range of experience. Up to this point, my entire religious education had taken place within the Jewish world, and...

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