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Lawrence Kushner was influenced, like every modern student of Kabbalah, by a Jewish historian and philosopher named Gershom Scholem. He was born in 1897 and died in 1982, and literally resurrected this tradition from obscurity. It’s in honor of Gershom Scholem’s legacy that we've created this show. It's in the spirit of Kabbalah — which wraps teachings in teachings, wisdom in wisdom, life within life — that we get to know Scholem through the living ideas of this rabbi in his lineage. But we also offer these other windows onto Scholem's legacy, and we will continue to build on this exploration in coming months.

The director of the Gershom Scholem Library at the National Library of Israel discusses the life and legacy of the man who resurrected Kabbalah in the 20th century. With senior producer Lily Percy, Dr. Leshem talks about Scholem's fanatic love of collecting Jewish books and the "Sholem system" of classification.

Dr. Bernard McGinn is a historian, scholar, and theologian at the University of Chicago. Senior producer Lily Percy speaks with him on the academic legacy of Gershom Scholem and his impact on modern scholarship of Kabbalah.

This rough archival audio of the late 20th-century historian and scholar of Kabbalah, Gershom Scholem, was recorded at the Panarion conference of Jungian thought in 1975 in Los Angeles.

Journey with Krista and experience a few audio highlights of the 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage organized by the Faith & Politics Institute. Feel free to download them and share with your friends and family!

Robert BellahPrinceton's Center of Theological Inquiry held a special forum on spiritual progress, focusing on five landmark books and authors fostering new conversations on science and religion. We selected audio excerpts from three of our favorite speakers for you to hear:

» Robert Bellah on the Axial Age
» Jonathan Sacks on Conversation as Prayer
» Marilynne Robinson on Human Exceptionalism

In the days leading up to the Republican National Convention, Krista Tippett interviewed Joanna Brooks as Mitt Romney was about to become the party's presidential nominee. We followed up from our previous conversation to see if circumstances had changed since the primaries. Ms. Brooks says that Mormon culture continues to be stretched in interesting ways, deeper than politics.

Taken from his recordings of dawn in the Midwest U.S., Gordon Hempton uses this condensed audio to help people practice true listening in wide, open space.

An aural journey across three zones — from the Amazon and Central America to the temperate latitudes of the Great Northwest. The difference in silence will astound you.

Poke your head inside this giant driftwood log and experience a "surf symphony in the wild" as the surf plucks the wood fibers and cause them to vibrate like the strings of a violin.