Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
I first came across Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi’s work in the mid-90’s. He pioneered the concept that he describes in his book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing, A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older (1995). Recently I came across a new edition (2014) with an added Preface and Afterword (The December Years). I spent a couple of hours skimming the text; remembering; reminiscing; newly appreciative of the Rabbi as a wisdom teacher. I am grateful for the depth he brings to the complex challenges of aging, for example, repairing the past; Thanatos and Libido; mentoring; spiritual direction; aging and energy. I am especially grateful for the seeds that his work planted in my awareness in 1995; I can see how some of these have produced fruit over time, for example, my work in spiritual direction.
To learn more about his life and work:
In His Own Words
“Do not exalt any path above god. There are many paths that lead to god. So people are capable of finding and following the ways that suit them, provided they do not stand still.” ~Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Teachings and Tales of the Hasidic Masters
“Spiritual eldering has benefited from all this exploration. It draws liberally on the breakthroughs in consciousness that we have made in the past three decades. It also depends on the shift from the old, otherworldly spirituality to the new celebrational spirituality that heals the split between spirit and matter and that affirms the sacredness of life on Earth. This attitude enables us to harvest our lives and to bequeath a legacy to the generations that follow us.” ~From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older
- Howard Schwartz; Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1989). The Dream Assembly: Tales of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Gateways/IDHHB. ISBN 978-0-89556-059-9.
- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1991). Spiritual Intimacy: A Study of Counseling in Hasidism. Jason Aronson. ISBN 978-0-87668-772-7.
- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi; Nataniel M. Miles-Yepez (2003). Wrapped in a holy flame: teachings and tales of the Hasidic masters. Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint. ISBN 978-0-7879-6573-0.
- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi; Daniel Siegel (2005). Credo of a Modern Kabbalist. Trafford Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4120-6107-0.
- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi; Joel Segel (2005). Jewish with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice. Riverhead Books. ISBN 978-1-57322-280-8.
- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi; Daniel Siegel (2007). Integral Halachah: Transcending and Including Jewish Practice Through the Lens of Personal Transformation and Global Consciousness. Trafford Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4251-2698-8.
- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi; Yair Hillel Goelman (2009). Ahron’s Heart: The Prayers, Teachings and Letters of Ahrele Roth, a Hasidic Reformer. Ben Yehuda Press. ISBN 978-1-934730-18-8.
- Zalman Schacter-Shalomi; Netanel Miles-Yepez (2017). A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters. Monkfish Book Publishing. ISBN 978-1-939681-62-1.
- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (2011). Michael L. Kagan (ed.). All Breathing Life Adores Your Name: At the Interface Between Poetry and Prayer : Translations and Compositions of Jewish Sacred Literature. Gaon Books. ISBN 978-1-935604-21-1.
- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (2013). Netanel Miles-Yépez; Robert Micha’el Esformes (eds.). Gate to the Heart: A Manual of Contemplative Jewish Practice. Albion-Andalus. ISBN 978-0-615-94456-2.
- Nahman of Bratzlav (2013). Tikkun Klali: Rebbe Nahman of Bratzlav’s Ten Remedies for the Soul. Translated by Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman. Albion-Andalus Books. ISBN 978-0-615-75876-3.
- Sara Davidson (2014). The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery. HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-228176-0.