Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels
Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels Ph.D. is the founder and executive director of Or HaLev: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation, which offers online and physical Jewish meditation and spirituality courses, sitting groups and retreats. He has been studying and teaching meditation and Jewish spirituality for almost 25 years. He received his doctorate in Jewish studies from the University of Chicago and rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes, the rosh yeshivah of Pardes. He has taught and innovated programs in Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Haifa University, Yeshivat Hadar and in a variety of settings around the world. He strives to integrate his study and practice and to help teach and live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.
Articles by Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels
Hasidic Wisdom on Healing Inner Demons
These practices are grounded in the Hasidic insight that all experiences, even difficult ones, are manifestations of the divine.
Separation of Powers
The Torah provides a model for separating religious, judicial, and governing bodies -- to keep power in check.
We Are All God’s Creatures
One of the Torah's central insights is its effort to minimize human ownership.
Leprosy and Other Plagues
We can sanctify our houses, clothes, and bodies by creating a more just society.
Negative and Positive Freedom
We are called on daily to "proclaim liberty throughout the land."