jewish renewal

A Seder for Israel?

You’ve heard of a Passover Seder and maybe a Tu B’shevat Seder. How about an “Israel Seder“? The idea of a seder ...

The Fifth Question: “Can You Hear Me Now?”

“Can you hear me now?” In the famous TV advertisement about cellular phone service, it’s what the eyeglass-wearing geek clad in a ...

Angels We Have Heard on High

“Merry Christmas,” says this pulpit rabbi and co-chair of the Jewish Renewal movement. Regardless of our theologies and beliefs, the message ...

Seeking Connections

Do you want to feel like your life has meaning? Do you want to be connected to other individuals like yourself? Do ...

Reb Zalman in the Andes

This piece is being published on the yahrzeit of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi of blessed memory, may his teachings endure.  It begins ...

Reb Zalman’s Gift to Us All

On Thursday, I landed in San Francisco on the first day of a family vacation. As I turned my phone ...

A Special Person at a Special Time: Reb Zalman’s Jewish Renewal

Last Thursday, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, passed away, leaving his bodily existence for…well, for whatever ...

How the Rabbi Hooked Me

In the spring of 2009, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi spoke at the Boulder Book Store to a jammed and eager audience. I was ...

Entering the ‘Ritual Lab’: the purpose of creative services

During my first year with a new congregation, I’ve been offering a creative service slot once a month.  Borrowing the ...