Ari Ze’ev Schwartz and Levi Morrow

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Ari Ze’ev Schwartz and Levi Morrow

Rabbi Ari Ze’ev Schwartz is the cofounder and dean of the Society of Independent Spirituality, an English-speaking learning center in Jerusalem that combines Jewish spirituality and Zionism. In addition, Rabbi Schwartz teaches in several Yeshivot and Midrashot and recently published “The Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook: Writings of a Jewish Mystic” in 2018 through Gefen Publishing House. Levi Morrow wrote his MA thesis on Rav Shagar\'s use of Franz Rosenzweig\'s thought, focusing on Rav Shagar\'s complex relationship with the teachings of Rav Kook. Levi teaches Jewish philosophy in different institutions in Jerusalem, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He is translating a collected volume of Rav Shagar\'s holiday derashot into English for eventual publication.

Rav Shagar on Teshuvah
Rav Shagar on Teshuvah

Ari Ze’ev Schwartz and Levi Morrow •

25 min read

A dialogue about Rav Shagar's understanding of Teshuva, and the tension between self-creation and self-acceptance.

Rav Shagar: Studying Torah as a Quest for God
Rav Shagar: Studying Torah as a Quest for God

Ari Ze’ev Schwartz and Levi Morrow •

15 min read

Rav Shagar believed that Torah study should be a spiritual and meaningful experience, one that transforms the student's life.