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HaMakom’s 100th Continuing Education Presentation
Unconventional Traditionalists: The Correspondence between Reb Zalman and Thomas Merton
What do a yeshiva educated Hasid turned renegade rabbi and an unbeliever turned cloistered Trappist monk have in common? As it turns out, quite a bit. Come learn, as Professor Victoria Erhart lectures on the exchange of letters between the two men, spanning 1961-1968 and ending only with the untimely death of Thomas Merton in a hotel room in Bangkok. The two men used each other as sounding boards to explore emerging ideas in prayer, meditation, and engagement in the pressing world problems of their day. Both men shared a deep interest in mysticism, and both shared insights they had gathered from their studies in other religious traditions. While this productive ecumenical relationship seems the norm today, in the early 1960s it was nothing short of extraordinary and bears investigation to see what their letters can teach us today.
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We are a community of lovingkindness guided by Jewish principles. We are not exactly a synagogue nor a chavurah. We are a community that wants to draw near to God through prayer, i.e. developing a relationship to the numinous; learning that helps us to discern between ego and God; and tikkun olam, the way to turn compassion into action.
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Listen to a radio interview with Rabbi Malka Drucker. She speaks of her second career as rabbi after being a writer, and of her Sageing work: