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Joseph’s Jailor and Gideon’s Trumpet: The Scourge of Wrongful Conviction by ALEPH vice-chair David Markus

A d’var Torah for Parashat VaYeshev by Erev Rav David Evan Markus. ...
Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin

Welcome Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin; ALEPH’s Incoming Executive Director

"With gratitude for the many innovations and spiritual technologies that are Rabbi ...

Prayer After Eric Garner, by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

This prayer, written by ALEPH board member Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, is available ...

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“The Wisdom of Reb Zalman”: Call for submissions

​You are invited to participate in a peer-reviewed book of short pieces designed for general public reading about the wisdom, innovations and memorable encounters with Reb Zalman–Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, ztz”l.

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Ordination Program Courses Open to the Public

Beginning in 2015, the ALEPH Ordination Program is opening to the general public these full-semester foundational courses! While enrolled students have priority seating, no special permission is needed to enroll. If you have questions, please call the ALEPH office at (215) 247-9700 x21. Introduction to Jewish Renewal and Reb Zalman’s Thought Instructor: Rabbi Leana Moritt […]

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Hanukkah Truths by Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan

How many times has a teacher, website, or flyer promised to reveal to you The True Meaning of Hanukkah? How many times have you hoped for an esoteric teaching about increasing awareness of the Divine Light within your own soul? And how many times have you been disappointed, learning only that the true meaning is […]

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The dreidl: a simple toy – or is it? by Rabbi Marcia Prager

On my shelf, I have a wild assortment of dreidls. After all, it is rare that any mitzvah that can be artistic remains unembellished. I have jars of plastic dreidls of all colors, dreidls of silver filigree, dreidls carved of olivewood, ones made of clay, and even one tiny dreidl – easily a hundred years […]

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The Prophetic Green Menorah: A Tree of Light by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    On Shabbat Hanukkah (this year, Dec. 19-20), we read an extraordinary passage from the Prophet Zechariah. Speaking during the Babylonian Captivity, he envisions the future Great Menorah, taking its sacred place in a rebuilt Holy Temple. The Menorah he imagines is alive! — a cybernetic organism, a living Tree that bears the sacred Light. […]

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The Inner Practice of Chanukah by Rabbi Shefa Gold

Chanukah celebrates the re-dedication of the ancient Holy Temple, the place where the infinite meets the finite, where the spark of God bursts into flame within us. Each year we recall the “great miracle that happened there.”  And that same miracle is happening inside as we heal the desecrations we have suffered and re-dedicate our […]

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Am Kolel Seeks Retreat Facilities Manager

Retreat Facilities Manager (couple or individual) for spiritual retreat center. SUMMARY: The Retreat Facilities Manager is responsible for the oversight of Sanctuary Retreat Center, 28 acres and 4 buildings, in rural, Montgomery County, MD, less than an hour from Washington, DC. Sanctuary Retreat Center is a Jewish and ecumenical retreat center sponsored by the Am Kolel Jewish Renewal […]

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Reb Zalman Zikr in Ashland with Ibrahim Baba, Rabbi David Zaslow and friends

Recorded during Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Shabbaton at Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland Oregon 2014

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Statement on the Har Nof Attack

The widows of Har Nof have shown us how to be truly holy amidst unspeakable pain that no one should need to endure.

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Divrei Torah from the Reb Zalman Shabbaton in Oregon

These divrei Torah were recorded during the Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Shabbaton at Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland Oregon earlier this year (2014). The video features Rabbi Joshua Boettiger, Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Rabbi Lavey Yitzchak Derby, Rabbi Julie Danan, Rabbi Sue Morningstar, Rabbi David Zaslow, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi zt”l.

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