About The Author

Rabbi Lerner receives a Tibetan prayer shawl from the Dalai Lama (July, 2011) in honor of Lerner’s work for peace and reconciliation between Israel and Palestine. A leader of the Islamic Society of North America looks on.

Rabbi Michael Lerner was mentored by Abraham Joshua Heschel at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1972 and a Ph.D. in social/clinical psychology from Berkeley’s Wright Institute in 1977. He serves as director of the Institute for Labor and Mental Health, and he has served as dean of the Graduate School of Psychology at New College of California and founder of Beyt Midrash le’Shalom in Jerusalem, Israel. He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schacther-Shalomi and now serves as rabbi of Beyt Tikkun in Berkeley, California; this is a Jewish Renewal synagogue that is post-denominational and committed to an emancipatory and love-oriented Judaism. Rabbi Lerner is a member of the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and of the Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal (Ohalah).

Lerner is the co-founder of Tikkun magazine and serves as the editor of Tikkun’s print and online magazine (www.tikkun.org). He has received numerous awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr./Mahatma Gandhi Award, the PEN Oakland Award, and the Champion of Forgiveness Award. He was identified by Utne Reader as one of America’s 100 most significant visionaries and by Newsweek as one of America’s most influential rabbis. He is also the chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (www.spiritualprogressives.org) and the author of eleven books including Jewish Renewal, The Politics of Meaning, The Socialism of Fools: Anti-Semitism on the Left, Spirit Matters, Jews and Blacks (with Cornel West), and The Left Hand of God. He welcomes communication from people who have completed reading this book at rabbilerner@tikkun.org or at Tikkun, 2342 Shattuck Ave, #1200, Berkeley, CA 94704.

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