Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepherd
The December Project: Conversations Between an Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Dr. Tom’s guests this week include Jim Skinner, a self-described atheist who is married to Unity minister Carla McClellan, and special guest Sara Davidson, author of The December Project, a remarkable new book from HarperOne. This episode also brings a new voice to the Unity world, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, who died in 2014. For two years, Sara Davidson conducted a series of remarkable discussions with this remarkable rabbi, a series reminiscent of Carlos Castaneda’s 1968 conversations with Yaqui wisdom teacher Don Juan. Rabbe Zalman, as Sara calls him, escaped the Nazis by emigrating to the United States with his father. The rabbi-to-be joined the Lubavitch movement in New York, and through the years he became a respected, albeit controversial, rabbi with a universalist view of life and God. Sara’s conversations with her beloved Rebbe, who invited her to meet with him weekly, took her back to her Jewish roots and allowed her to confront the issues all people face—aging, maturing, and moving toward the final question of what lies beyond life. You will cherish and relive those experiences in her 2014 book, The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery.