Judaism and Modernity

Jewish Meditation Tradition: Past and Present

The Jewish meditative tradition is a diverse collection of techniques and practices.
Dr. Tomer Persico is a Research Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. He was the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at U.C. Berkeley, where he was also a Senior Research Scholar in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Persico is a social activist advocating for freedom of religion in Israel. A leading thinker about secularization, Jewish Renewal and forms of contemporary spirituality, Persico writes the most popular blog in Hebrew

Jewish Meditation Tradition: Past and Present

Tomer Persico discusses the Jewish meditative tradition, which is a diverse collection of techniques and practices, originating at different eras and exhibiting varying characteristics. He offers a summation of the major trends of Jewish meditation following a chronological scheme, aiming to underline the shifts in emphasis displayed by different Jewish Meditative paths, from Merkabah literature, through Kabbalah, Hasidism and ending with contemporary spirituality circles.

Special consideration is given to an evaluation of the similarities and differences between Jewish and Buddhist meditation. The presentation is followed by a discussion with Jack Petranker, Director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages.

Mangalam Research Center
February 11, 2019
Berkeley, California


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