"The problem with the Jewish Renewal movement is that no one knows
anything," says a former insider. "It's like putting a talis
(prayer shawl) on Buddhism."
Zalman wants no legacy. He wants no one to succeed him. He wants to be
everything to the community.
It takes a nanny to raise a future promiscuous rabbi
From a story told by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi:
In Europe, when Zalman Schachter (no hyphen Shalomi at that point,
no title Rabbi) was growing up, his parents had a non-jewish nanny who
took care of Zalman. While taking care of Zalman and running errands
she would frequently take him into the church where he would see her
light candles. Apparently, Zalman tells of how beautiful he found this
and the deep and profound impression it made on him. This is where he
claims he discovered the deep connection between spirituality and women
(and apparently sexuality) that has "guided" his life.
Of course this story may just be another pick up line. Either way,
that's where the foundation for what would become Jewish Renewal began,
in a European church with a nanny.
"Celebrating your Seder with Reb
Hershy Worch's Haggadah will get you to experience the soul dawn
of " Rabboteynu - the time for the morning Shma' has arrived." - Reb
Judaism Is Where The Sex Is At
"Arthur Waskow, of the Jewish Renewal Movement, who has suggested that
every couple must make its own decision to whether their particular ketubah
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (recovering sex-addict) on what he teaches
to his bar mitzvah boys:
I ask my Bar Mitzvah boys, “Do you masturbate?” And first they are
a little sheepish about it and then they say, “Yes,” and I say, “You
know what? It is a good thing to do on the Sabbath! Take your time,
put on some music, and explore your body and what feels good for you,
and most important, let God in."
Whistle Blower writes about Renewal leader rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi:
1) Multiple marriages, some quite short.
2) Has ended up living with women he was converting.
3) Wrote article about using drugs to get a spiritual high which got
him fired from one pulpit.
4) Has advised people to live together before marriage.
5) Has been known to bring additional women home for group sex.
Jewish Renewal Leaders Rabbi Arthur Green Rabbi
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Write
The Jewish Week
1) On [Mordecai]
Although a month has passed since the original revelations concerning
Mordechai Gafni and his deceptive, abusive relationships with women,
we remain deeply concerned about the harm he has caused and the effect
on its victims. ("Deconstructing The Gafni Case," Editor's Column, June
Although we are glad to hear that Gafni, whom each of us had at one
time befriended and supported, has admitted his illness and committed
himself to a course of therapy, we do not see the issue as fully resolved.
We ask ourselves how we could have been so deeply deceived and allowed
ourselves to be lied to and manipulated as we were. We should have seen
more and listened better. Perhaps we were too zealous in not wanting
to listen to what we considered lashon ha'ra [gossip], and that kept
us from hearing the outcry of women who were suffering real harm. Perhaps
we were too taken up with seeking out the good in a person to notice
the presence of evil.
We are particularly disturbed at the thought that there might be women
who let themselves fall under Mordechai Gafni's sway partially because
they saw our names associated with his, and thus trusted him in part
because of us. To them we offer our most humble and profound apology.
If it is any consolation, be assured that we have learned a great deal
from this experience, and will be better listeners in the future.
Jewish Whistleblower responds:
Once again the Jewish Renewal leadership minimizes their role in protecting
Gafni and attacking the brave survivors who came forward and their supporters.
Apparently, teshuvah in their goofy religion doesn't involve apologizing
to any of them. Perhaps Jewish Renewal should have read David Sosnowik's
letter (reproduced below): "Molesters are sick individuals. Few would
dispute that. But those rabbis and religious institutions that would
cover-up the behavior of such individuals are much worse than sick.
They are criminals who should face the full wrath of community, law
enforcement, and true religious leaders. And after being held to account
here for their actions, they might then be better prepared to face the
same Almighty we all serve, the protector of the weak and the true judge."