Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, more affectionately known as Reb Zalman, was originally ordained as an Orthodox rabbi in 1947. That, however, was just the beginning of his spiritual journey and study of world religions. He is spoken of as the “Father” of the Jewish Renewal movement—a post-Holocaust, non-Orthodox Jewish movement that blends kabbalistic and Hasidic elements, while also integrating other practices such as meditation, chant and dance, as well as borrowed elements of Buddhism, Sufism and Christian mysticism.
Old age is not a time of death: it is a phase of life. On The Spiritual Elder, you will gain a new understanding of old age, based on Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's joy-filled work at the Spiritual Eldering Project. His work reveals that the final period of life can be just as pleasurable - just as full of significant moments - as every other stage of our mortal journey. Old age, he teaches, is an opportunity to find satisfaction that we will never again experience.