Judaism does many things well, including dealing intelligently with those in doubt. Our practices honor grief and offer mourners time for their sorrow. There is also plenty of joy to be had in our variegated traditions. But Judaism also has a problem. It is easy for members of the tribe to feel they are not “Jewish enough” because they feel – or worse, they’re told – that they don’t know enough. Hence, my humiliated Self. At least I knew what to do: I sent my Self to Reb Daniel. Continue reading
Reb Zalman died this morning, just weeks away from his ninetieth birthday celebration.
He was the founder of ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. The ALEPH seminary has ordained over 80 religious leaders. I am among them. I learned, at this seminary, the difference between rebbe and rabbi; I learned to be the former even when I was called the latter.