Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi has been at the forefront of a pioneering renewal of Jewish spirituality in the contemporary world. A modern master of the methods of transformational psychology, he uses prayer and meditation, movement and song, storytelling and philosophical discourse, to present the central teachings of Hasidism and Kabbalah along with other universal spiritual truths gleaned from Sufi, Buddhist, Shamanic, Native American and traditional religious sources.
Born in Poland in 1924 and raised in Vienna, he was ordained as a rabbi at the Lubavitch Yeshivah in Brooklyn, and has a doctorate from Hebrew Union College. He has served as a congregational rabbi, a Hillel rabbi, a Hebrew school principal, and as the head of P'nai Or, a religious fellowship. He has also taught religious studies at the University of Manitoba, where he was head of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Temple University. His books include Fragments of a Future Scroll, The First Step, and Sparks of Light. Reb Zalman currently works with students through his "Wisdom School," a dynamic example of the path of the heart, turning seminars into magic, magic into mystery and mystery into the illumination of our hearts and minds.