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Alan Lew

Biography: – Born in Brooklyn, New York – Grew up in a secular Jewish household – Explored Asian spiritual practices in the 1960s – Discovered […]

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Biography:
– Born in Brooklyn, New York
– Grew up in a secular Jewish household
– Explored Asian spiritual practices in the 1960s
– Discovered Zen Buddhism
– Became a Conservative rabbi

Career:
– Served as the rabbi of Congregation Eitz Chaim (Monroe, NY)
– Led Congregation Beth Sholom (San Francisco, California)
– Focused on teaching meditation in Jewish contexts
– Established the Makor Or meditation center at Beth Sholom
– Known for his work on the role of meditation in teshuvah

Selected works:
– “Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life” (2007)
– “This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation” (2003)
– “One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi” (1999)

References:
– Green, David B. (2015-01-12). This Day in Jewish History 2009: A Man Who Brought Buddhist Enlightenment to Jews Dies.
– Haaretz. Retrieved 2019-07-28
– Zen rabbi Alan Lew dies. Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2009-01-14
– Palevsky, Stacey (2009-01-14). Rabbi Alan Lew, influential Zen rabbi, dies suddenly at 65
– September 15, 2006 ~ Rabbi Alan Lew | September 15, 2006 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. 2006-09-15

Books:
– “This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation” by Alan Lew (27 August 2003). Little, Brown. ISBN0316739081
– Google Books (Click on p. iv link for full data)
– Authority control databases: International FAST, ISNI, VIAF; National: Israel, United States

Alan Lew (Wikipedia)

Alan Lew (1943–2009) was a Conservative rabbi best known for establishing the world's first Jewish meditation center and for his work bridging Jewish and Buddhist traditions. Lew was often described as "the Zen rabbi," a phrase that he himself used in the title of his book One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi.

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