Publication Date: July 2009
Publisher: National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)
Author(s): Daniel S. Brenner; Tsvi Blanchard; Andrew Silow-Carroll; David Nelson
Research Area: Culture and religion
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.