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Author: Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Bring on the Global Exorcism!

In October of 1967, Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin gathered Americans and encircl…

Leaving Your Religion

If you have left or are considering leaving your religion for something spiritua…

Muggles Strike Back

“What to do with all these evil books? Expelliarmus!”

How Now, Brown Cow

“The fact that I am not among the 16.4 million Americans who think chocolate mil…

You Say Potato, I Say Pogrom

Garden City, Idaho looks pretty picturesque. Not so pretty: A candidate for the …

Asking for Forgiveness

Rabbi Rami explains why he encourages everyone to take part in asking for forgiv…

What does science fiction tell us about the future of organized religion?

“Can it be that Judaism will cease to evolve? Yes. The same is true of Christian…

The God Gap

It isn’t that Generation Z is godless, it’s that they no longer buy into (litera…

Why I Find the Death Penalty Problematic

“Seeking the death penalty and securing the death penalty should not obligate us…

How Can I Find a Simple Religion?

Looking for a simple religion to share with your friends? Read on.

When Will I Know It Is Time to Leave?

“I was not surprised when I got an email through my blog, asking me how we Jews …

I Am Not a Robot ... I Think

“I love shouting into the phone screaming Agent! Agent! Agent! It never works.”…

White Supremacy and Judaism: A Response

After the terrorist attack in El Paso, Rabbi Rami is asked about the Tree of Lif…

Do We Need a New God?

“We need a new understanding of God that allows us to leave behind the zero-sum …

Is This Weed Kosher? And Other Burning Questions

Is this weed kosher? Is this rabbi Jewish? Are these Doritos good, or what? …

What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Funnier

What is my mission here? What is anyone’s mission here? And where can I get a Ha…

God Hates Dogs?

“This is what is wrong with religion: it walks into the future with its eyes fi…

Why We Don’t Want State Religion

“To put it bluntly: the more power a religion has, the more power a religion wan…

Is It Okay to Grieve for a Pet?

A comforting prayer to use when releasing a pet from this life.

A New Way to Worship

“I am all about being a human awake to God manifesting as all life.”…

Can God Sue for Unauthorized Use of the Rainbow?

Rabbi Rami claps back at the idea that the rainbow can't be used for gay pride. …

​Luciferian Meats: We Answer to a Lower Authority*

Is fake meat the work of Lucifer? Hmm, probably not a spiritual emergency. …

Am I Not Kosher Enough for My Daughter?

Rabbi Rami responds to questions about white supremacy, a loving god, and Christ…

What Astrology Really Tells You

“You may be among the millions of Americans who are curious about, if not seriou…

Limits to My Liberalism

Rabbi Rami warns of the slippery slope of rat-aardvark marriage.

Honest Feasting: Mourning and Celebrating within Jewish Traditions

Weddings and funerals: Rabbi Rami has an honest conversation about traditions an…

Does Your Religion Bring You Joy?

“Ask yourself: What in your religious and spiritual life brings you joy?”

Kippah Calm and Carry On

After a German official warned Germany’s Jews against wearing kippot in public, …

Stockpiling Nonsense

Rabbi Rami compares and contrasts some of the Trump/Cyrus coins being hawked the…

Mother Knows Best

Rabbi Rami shares his views on the Alabama Fetal Heartbeat legislation. …

Woke God

"Like the God who guides the Mormons, mine too instructs us 'revelation upon rev…

No More Warrior Gods

"If anything we are simply better armed fanatics salivating in anticipation of o…

iFather Who Art(ificially) in Heaven Hallowed Be Thy Code

Contributing editor Rabbi Rami ponders the Sanctified Theomorphic Operators of t…

Better to Bury than to Burn?

Contributing editor Rabbi Rami requests that his memorial service be held at a W…

Barabbas and Jesus Bar Abbas

"Matters become clear when we realize that the Greek name Barabbas comes from t…

Would Humanity Be Better Off With Only One Religion?

In the latest installment of Roadside Assistance, Rabbi Rami answers questions a…

Minimalist Religion, Maximalist Faith

Contributing editor Rabbi Rami asks whether you're a maximalist or a minimalist …

Seeing Isn’t Believing

Seeing is the opposite of believing, writes contributing editor Rabbi Rami. …

Rabbi Rami: Are Psychics Worth It?

I’m seeing a psychic. She isn’t cheap, but she’s very helpful. My friends say sh…

Rabbi Rami: Is It Trump's Fault?

Author and teacher Rabbi Rami Shapiro is encouraging Perennial Wisdom to lead us…

Dining at the Smorgasbord of World Religions

“Honestly, I had no idea there were so many religions in the world. What I want to know is why that is.”

Roadside Assistance in the Holy Land

We asked Rami Shapiro to journey with 30 fellow seekers to this ancient flashpoi…

Our Roadside Oracle Answers Life’s 5 Big Questions

+10 More for Our 20th Anniversary!

Rabbi Rami: What's a Horrified Catholic Mom to Do?

Roadside Assistance for the spiritual traveler

Rabbi Rami: How Best to Live My Dying

Roadside Assistance for the spiritual traveler.

Rabbi Rami: Should I Prostrate Myself to My Teacher

Question: My teacher insists we prostrate ourselves to the Father and to him. As…

Rabbi Rami: Should I Thank Siri or Alexa?

(And what if she says “no”?)

Rabbi Rami: Is Easter an April Fools’ Prank?

Rabbi Rami answers your spiritual questions.

Rabbi Rami:​ Am I Morally Bound to Chastise Meat Eaters?

Rabbi Rami answers your spiritual questions.

Book Review: ​Holy Rascals

Spirituality & Health columnist Rabbi Rami Shapiro won’t tell you that your reli…

Rabbi Rami: Should I Pursue a PhD in Islamic Studies?

Rabbi Rami answers your spiritual questions.

The Healing Truth

Behind All Our Great Religions

Rabbi Rami: Should I Feel Guilty about Being Happy?

Rabbi Rami answers your spiritual questions.

Rabbi Rami: Did Slaves Sell Their Souls to Get Free?

Rabbi Rami answers your spiritual questions.

Rabbi Rami: As a fundamentalist Christian, am I safe from Muslims?

Question: I consider myself a fundamentalist Christian, and I fear Muslims comin…

Rabbi Rami: Has Religion Primed Us for Fake News?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: What’s Wrong with Being a Disembodied Mind?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: Can God incarnate as both Christ and Krishna?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: Help! I’m Being Threatened with Hell

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: Everyone Says “Follow Your Heart.” But How?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Roadside Assistance Special Edition: Orlando

Rabbi Rami offers his insight to the influx of questions filling his inbox after the tragedy in Orlando in this special edition of Roadside Assistance.

Celebrations: Rabbi Rami Shapiro

10 Years of Roadside Assistance

Rabbi Rami: How to Talk with My Astronomer Daughter about God?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: How can I overcome my fear when hearing Allahu Akbar?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: Why Force Christian Bakers to Bake Cakes For Gay Weddings?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

You Are an Infinite Nonzero Game

Excerpted from The Golden Rule & the Games People Play by Rami Shapiro

ISIS: Rabbi Rami Answers Your Questions

Rabbi Rami’s inbox is full of questions about ISIS. In this special edition of R…

How Do I Not Get Angry with Fundamentalists?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: How Can I help My Parents Trust God to Provide for Me?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: How Do I Make Tough Decisions?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: How Do I Afford to Make a Pilgrimage?

Q: I long to go on a pilgrimage, but lack the funds to do so. Any suggestio…

Rabbi Rami: "I Find Myself Wishing My Dad Would Die?"

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: How Do I Keep My New Year’s Resolutions?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Arjuna Ardagh: Coaching Toward Awakenıng

Rabbi Rami: Your new book, Better Than Sex: The Ecstatic Art of Awakening Coachi…

Rabbi Rami: How Do I Make My Space More Holy?

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: "Does what I eat really matter?"

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Redefine Yourself at Midlife

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Lana Dalberg: The Divine Feminine

A writer, activist, and lay theologian, Lana Dalberg is the author of Birthing G…

Rabbi Rami Shapiro: “How Can I Be Detached About My Children?”

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

Rabbi Rami: My Morning Ritual

Before I share what I do regarding spiritual practice, let me share why I do it.…

Rabbi Rami: “How Can I Forgive Myself for my Failed Marriage?”

Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual traveler

TIM RYAN: Leading the "Quiet Caucus"

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, spoke with Rabbi Rami about his efforts to bring more mindfulness to the U.S. Senate.

ASK RABBI RAMI: How can I get my husband to follow my spiritual path?

Over the past few years, I’ve shifted from the material to the spiritual. My hus…

You Are a Part. Not Apart.

The ideal spiritual practice fosters compassion, justice, love, and a sense of unity.

Cultivating the Values 
of Your Practice

Rabbi Rami shares his personal practice for elevating awareness and compassion to bring thoughts, actions, and values into alignment.

Rabbi Rami: "Is My Friend Responsible for her Cancer?"

My closest friend has stage IV lymphoma. She’s always been a negative person. Co…

Ask Rabbi Rami: "Whose God is the Truest?"

My friends and I have different ideas of God. Is any idea of God truer than any …

Rabbi Rami: How Can I Get My Faith Back?

My dad is dying and angry and takes his frustration out on me. I don’t want to a…

Rabbi Rami's Meditation Tips

 I know that meditation is good for me, but I can’t sit still for five minu…

Tim Miner: Spirituality without Religion

 A founder of the Order of Universal Interfaith and the executive director …

Worship a God Beyond Imagining

Religion is only as healthy or as sick as our imaginations allow.

Making Meaning in Spite of Tragedy

Rabbi Rami Shapiro counsels us to love neighbors and strangers as ourselves.

Enlightenment is to be Lived

My best friend and I are intrigued by enlightenment but can’t define it. What is…

Illuminated by Love: An Interview with Author Camille Helminski

The co-founder of the Threshold Society, an educational foundation rooted in the…

Should Public Schools Teach Religion to Kids?

Reader question: My kids are in a public elementary school that teaches them abo…

Newtown Shootings: If God Exists, Why Do Terrible Things Happen?

My email flooded with questions from readers this weekend regarding the shooting…

Weather or Not to Vote

I just spoke with my dad in western Massachusetts. He and my mom are praying tha…

Bra is Great

Sooraya Graham, a devout Muslim and an art student in British Columbia, took a p…

Former Priest Matthew Fox on 21st Century Spirituality

Two decades being expelled as a priest of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox has c…

Is There a Male Spirituality?

When my husband and I talk about spirituality, he just doesn’t get it—yet I thin…

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more. His latest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality.

He has this to say about religion: “To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the mindset of the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another; and the more languages you know, the more nuanced your understanding of life. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.”

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