The Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah is a rich, magnetic world of thought and teaching. It has resonance with modern understandings of reality — and describes a cosmic significance to the practical moral call to tikkun olam, "repair the world." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah. We speak with him in honor of the 20th-century historian Gershom Scholem, who resurrected this tradition from obscurity and made it accessible to modern people.
We live-tweeted our conversation with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner for an upcoming show on the scholar Gershom Scholem and the roots of modern Jewish mysticism. For those of you who couldn't attend, we've compiled our tweets and responses from others in response to this 90 minutes of profound wisdom. Pick out your favorites and share them with your friends and family. You'll be glad you did.
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