Zalman Schachter Shalomi

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"Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi , better known as Reb Zalman, was raised in Vienna and fled the Nazi oppression in 1938. A traditional hasid of the Lubavitcher Hasidim, he was ordained a rabbi in 1947, received his Master of Arts degree in the Psychology of Religion in 1956 from Boston University, and a Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree from Hebrew Union College in 1968. He taught at the University of Manitoba, Canada, from 1956 to 1975 and was Professor of Jewish Mysticism and Psychology of Religion at Temple University until 1987. In 1995, he accepted the World Wisdom Chair at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, officially retiring from that post in 2004. He is the father of the Jewish Renewal and Spiritual Eldering movements, an active teacher of Hasidism and Jewish Mysticism, and a participant in ecumenical dialogues throughout the world, including the widely influential dialogue with the Dalai Lama, documented in the book, The Jew in the Lotus. He is the author of Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Teachings and Tales of the Hasidic Masters and Jewish with Feeling, written with Joel Segel."[1]


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  1. Universal Awakening Zalman Schachter Shalomi, organizational web page, accessed July 17, 2013.
  2. Hoffman Institute Foundation Advisory Council, organizational web page, accessed September 19, 2013.