Tales of the Spirit Rising

This category includes stories of renewal, the new Hassidim, and other related midrashes and in-breakings.

VIDEO: Gloria Steinem about Reb Arthur on Oprah

VIDEO: Gloria Steinem attributes her perseverance to a time, during the 1968 Democratic Convention, when Reb Arthur said to her, “It’s important.  Everything you do is important.”  As told in spring 2012.

Freedom Songs and the Exodus Story

Tales of the New Hassidim: Part 2

Rabbi Arthur Waskow tells the story of Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, his own small role in seating their delegation, and the impact of her activism and leadership on his own life.

This is the second in the video series "Tales of the New Hassidim," Rabbi Arthur's own story-telling of moments he lived through, alongside others, in shaping the movement to renew Judaism as an instrument to heal the heart and the world

Sherrod, Torah, Greenlife, and Prayer in the Streets of Albany, Georgia

Tales of the New Hassidim: Part 1

Rabbi Arthur Waskow discusses the relationship among Torah, the natural world, and action for social justice, in telling of his encounter with Rev. Charles Sherrod. Sherrod was the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's organizer in Albany, Georgia in the early 1960s, and has been in the news recently because of the controversy surrounding right-wing smears against his wife, longtime USDA worker Shirley Sherrod.

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