Lawrence Kushner

Lawrence Kushner is an American Reform rabbi and scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, California. He has authored numerous books and has made the occasional foray into movie acting. His focus is mainly on Jewish spirituality and mysticism.


The Monk and the Rabbi — Mysticism & the Peak Experience

From LUNCH WITH BOKARA, Bokara Legendre talks with Brother David Steindl-Rast and Rabbi Lawrence Kushner about mysticism and how peak experiences and religion factor in. This segment focuses on Br. David's contributions to their conversation.

The River of Light: Jewish Mystical Awareness

In Jewish mysticism, the river is a metaphor for the Holy Oneness that unifies all creation. Just imagine it: a sacred stream, luminous and ubiquitous, a river of light.” ―from the Preface to the Anniversary Edition This is an invitation to wade into a deeper spiritual consciousness.


Lawrence Kushner - A Mystical God - Program 4911

Writer and teacher, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Scholar in Residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, California, says for Jewish mystics, the experience of the Divine is not so much a divinity above creation, running it from afar, but a God who is the holy Oneness of All Being – the One wit...

So that’s what it’s all about! You put your whole self in, you take your whole self out; you put your whole self in and you shake it all about. The idea is that by doing whatever you’re doing with all of you, you can then take all of you out. The trick is how to do both.

The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet

In calligraphy by the author. Folktales about and exploration of the mystical meanings of the Hebrew Alphabet. Open the old prayerbook-like pages of The Book of Letters and you will enter a special world of sacred tradition and religious feeling.

Honey from the Rock, Special Anniversary Edition

An insightful and absorbing introduction to the ten gates of Jewish mysticism and how they apply to daily life. "There is a place that is as far from here as breathing out is from breathing in. For the word is very near to you.

Jewish Spirituality : A Brief Introduction for Christians

Jewish spirituality is an approach to life that encourages us to become aware of God's presence and purpose, even in unlikely places. “This world and everything in it is a manifestation of God’s presence,” says Rabbi Lawrence Kushner.

Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer Is Difficult and What to Do about It

Join over fifty Jewish spiritual leaders from all denominations in a candid conversation about the why and how of prayer: how prayer changes us and how to discern a response from God.


Conversation with Lawrence Kushner - Program 4911

Hosts Delle Chatman and Daniel Pawlus in conversation with Rabbi Larry Kushner, who says that everyone has mystical experiences – not necessarily where the roof flies off the building and you hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing the "Hallelujah" chorus, but more like quickie moments where, fo...

God Was in This Place & I, I Did Not Know (25th Anniversary Edition)

In a daring blend of scholarship and imagination, psychology and history, Lawrence Kushner gathers an inspiring range of interpretations of Genesis 28:16 given by sages, from Shmuel bar Nachmani in third-century Palestine to Hannah Rachel Werbermacher of Ludomir who lived in Poland two hundred years...


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