Forms of religious devotion are shifting just like every institution right now. But there’s a new world of creativity towards crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is a fun and forceful embodiment of this evolution. Born into an eminent and ancient rabbinical lineage, as a young adult he moved away from religion towards storytelling, theater, and drag. Today he leads a pop-up synagoge in New York City that takes as its tagline: Everybody-friendly, Artist-Driven, God-Optional. It’s not merely about spiritual community but about recovering the sacred and reinventing the very meaning of “we.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Amichai Lau-Lavie — First Aid For Spiritual Seekers." Find more at onbeing.org.
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