About this book
Rabbi Jonathan Slater served for over 20 years as a core faculty member and program director for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In that capacity, he inspired and trained a generation of rabbis, cantors, educators, and laypeople, and cultivated the field of neo-Hasidic spirituality and contemplative Jewish spiritual practice through his writing, teaching, spiritual guidance, and personal example.
This volume collects the wisdom of more than 60 outstanding Jewish spiritual leaders, all teachers, colleagues, and students of Rabbi Slater. As a tribute to his influence on them, they offer brief but deep teachings and practical suggestions for spiritual practice, grounded in the weekly Torah portions, the Jewish holiday cycle, and core Jewish liturgical prayers.
“Literally every page of this wonderful tribute volume echoes the message that Torah is a sustainable gift, renewing itself each time it passes through a mind that receives it with warm attention. Exactly the appropriate gift for my friend and teacher, Rabbi Jonathan Slater.”
—Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“This rich, deep, accessible collection of Neo-Hasidic gems by Torah scholars and mindfulness practitioners invites us into a vital world of Jewish thought and contemplative practice. Rabbi Jonathan Slater’s beloved students, teachers and colleagues beautifully refract Torah, prayers, and holidays through the lenses of Hasidic tradition and mindfulness, expressing the heart of his life and work.”
—Rabbi Nancy Flam, founding Executive Director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
“Receive this treasure trove of Jewish wisdom for our time into your hands — and into your hearts. This collection honors Rabbi Jonathan Slater’s gifts to us all, by gathering outstanding minds and hearts to expound Torah and practices with depth, kindness, love and the invitation to practice.”
—Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, author of Let Us All Breathe Together: Prose, Poems, Practices