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Into My Garden: Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's Legacy of Songs and Melodies (Paperback)
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RABBI ZALMAN SCHACHTER-SHALOMI (usually called, "Reb Zalman") is widely known as the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, whose accessible teachings on Kabbalah and Hasidism have helped to change the face of modern Judaism. But what is less well known is that he comes from a family of Belzer Hasidim known for their niggunim (wordless melodies), and that he is also a talented musician and composer of Hasidic songs, chants, and melodies himself. Into My Garden: Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's Legacy of Songs and Melodies: Volume I finally reveals Reb Zalman the musician and composer who many students around the world have been surprised to meet in the middle of a Shabbaton or a Jewish Renewal retreat. For this book, his student, Eyal Rivlin, has lovingly gathered and transcribed most of Reb Zalman's (and his forebears) popular compositions, and even rescued a few forgotten treasures from oblivion. Accompanying the compositions are small teachings and stories to contextualize the music.
About the Author
Eyal Rivlin is an Israeli born musician with a master's in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University. He currently lives in Boulder Colorado, where he inspires joy through performing, teaching and facilitating musical events. His compositions and performances can be heard on Bat Kol's PrayerSongs, and along with Danya Uriel on their CD, Coming Home. Netanel Miles-Yepez Netanel Miles-Yepez is a scholar of comparative religion and co-author of A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (Jewish Publication Society, 2009) and A Merciful God: Stories and Teachings of the Holy Rebbe, Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev (Albion-Andalus, 2010). He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he is a spiritual counselor, editor, and painter of religious icons.