The New Spirituality: Is it Selfish? A CLAL Roundtable
Publication Date: July 2009
Series: CLAL Special Features Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Values; Religion; Modernity; Spirituality
Four Jewish leaders respond to critiques of" the new spirituality," including Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg's characterization of popular interest in Kabbalah and the teachings of the Dalai Lama as a "fad" that is "self-centered," and political scientist Charles Liebman's description of spirituality as a "privatized religion....Its emphases are interpersonal rather than collective." They discuss spirituality and the conflicts, if any, between personal spiritual fulfillment and the collective Jewish experience.