Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
By: Or N. Rose and Netanel Miles-Yépez
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1924-2014) was one of the most creative and influential Jewish spiritual teachers in the late twentieth-century. Reb Zalman (as he is known) made several distinctive and lasting contributions to Jewish and interreligious life in North America and beyond. Originally trained as a Hasidic rabbi within the Chabad-Lubavitch community, he became one of the great teachers and translators of Jewish mystical tradition.
Weaving together strands of Hasidism and Kabbalah with teachings from a wide range of other religious and wisdom traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, psychology, history, and the sciences, he created the Jewish Renewal Movement, which seeks to infuse contemporary Jewish life with greater spiritual depth through increased attention to contemplative and embodied practice, along with joyous service to God, the Jewish people, and the world as a whole.
Or N. Rose is the founding director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership at Hebrew College in Newton Center, MA. He is a co-editor of My Neighbor's Faith and Words to Live By (both Orbis)
Netanel Miles-Ypez, is the current head of the Inayati-Maimuni Order, co-founded with Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, fusing the Sufi and Hasidic principles of spirituality. He currently teaches in the department of religious studies at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.