Rabbi Angel Shabbaton - OCt. 23 to 25
Rabbi Marc D. Angel (born July 1945) is rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel, the historic Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City. Born into Seattle's Sephardic community, his ancestors are Sephardim from Turkey and Rhodes and he grew up in a Ladino-speaking home.
He received his B.A., M.S., Ph.D, Th.D. honoris causa and his rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University, and also has an M.A. in English LIterature from the City College of New York. He is a recipient of the Bernard Revel Award in Religion and Religious Education. He was the president of the Rabbinical Council of America, and a member of the editorial board of its journal, Tradition.
In 2007, he established the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org) which fosters an intellectually vibrant, compassionate and inclusive Orthodox Judaism. He directs the Institute, and edits its journal, Conversations, which appears three times per year. In 2007, he and Rabbi Avi Weiss co-founded the International Rabbinic Fellowship, an association of modern Orthodox rabbis. He is also the author of numerous books, including the most recent, The Rhythms of Jewish Living.
The Rhythms of Jewish Living
"Jewish spirituality is organically linked to the natural rhythms of the universe. To a great extent, Jewish religious traditions serve to bring Jews into a sensitive relationship with the natural world. Many commandments and customs lead in this direction, drawing out the love and reverence that emerge from the contemplation of God's creations."
Judaism has provided the spiritual framework for millions of people for thousands of years. Yet its basic beliefs and observances often are disconnected from their original intent in our modern day.
With his engaging overview of the sacred times, places and ideas of Judaism, Rabbi Marc D. Angel gently reclaims the natural, balanced and insightful teachings of Sephardic Judaism that can and should imbue modern Jewish spirituality. He draws on many classic sources, illuminating the influence of the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry and the great mystics of sixteenth-century Safed on the Sephardic tradition. The result is an approach to Judaism that is deep, rich and diverse