People cannot help but wonder about the miracle of life, what makes up the universe, and how we know that the universe exists. Science and the oldest religious and wisdom traditions surprisingly share many similar ideas about the answers to these fundamental questions. This interesting discussion with Rabbi David Ingber, Deepak Chopra, and Rabbi Ilan Ashkenazi around Judaism and Vedanta follows myriad paths to meaning.
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Israeli rabbi and kabbalah teacher Ilan Ashkenazi can intellectually explain the workings of faith and religious practice, but it is in his role as artist and sculptor that he unravels spiritual mysteries through physical form. He emigrated to America in 2005 to focus solely on his sculpture, large pieces where shapes embody symbolism and spirituality. As a young man, Ashkenazi studied sculpture in Tel Aviv, then he chose a new career path. One of his largest projects to date is permanently installed at the Ellsworth Gallery in Santa Fe; a magnificent copper dragon perched on the gallery roof. Commissioned by gallery owner Barry Ellsworth, and installed in 2013, it was inspired by an articulated okimono, a three-foot-long armored dragon housed in the Tokyo National Museum.
Named by Newsweek as one of 2013’s top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States as well as by The Forward as one of the 50 most newsworthy and notable Jews in America, Rabbi David Ingber promotes a renewed Jewish mysticism that integrates meditative mindfulness and physical awareness into mainstream, post-modern Judaism. A major 21st Century Jewish thinker and educator, his rich perspective, open heart and mind, and full-bodied approach to Jewish learning has brought him to speak throughout the United States and worldwide throughout Canada, Israel and Europe. Rabbi David A. Ingber is the Founder and Senior Rabbi at Romemu, NYC, a community he founded in 2008 that today has over 600 households. Rabbi Ingber is a disciple of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, famed founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.
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