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Author: Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Pastor Tony Spell: Why I Love Him

“He knows God wouldn’t let the good folks at Life Tabernacle Church die when the…

Special Edition: Roadside Assistance

Rabbi Rami is answering your questions, with special editions of his online colu…

Four Biblical Verses For This Time

“Life is wild and nothing is permanent. Now deal with it.”

COVID-19: Fearless Love Is Needed

“If we are going to survive as a species worthy of survival, we will have to get…

Pennies From Heaven

“I have come to welcome those found pennies and to use the act of picking them u…

The Catholic Church Needs Celibate Women Priests

If the the bishops and the Pope really want to alleviate the shortage of priests…

How Do I Find My Authentic Self?

Rabbi Rami on being authentic, spirituality vs. religion, and aliens.

Where Did All the Poop on Noah’s Ark Go?

“One reason people are leaving traditional Bible-based religions is that they ar…

If Meditation Isn’t Joyful, Don’t Do It

“You might ask, if I am meditating just to meditate—if there is no goal to it at…

Should I End My Marriage?

Rabbi Rami on love, marriage, and God.

Ram Dass’ Greatest Teaching

“This one line has done more to shape my teaching than any other.”

Is Lying About God Okay?

“Lying about God and promoting a Pollyannaish understanding of religion isn’t go…

Charitable Giving: Do You Know How Your Donation is Being Used?

“The problem isn’t that the Vatican needs money to maintain its operations, but …

Greta Thunberg as Mad Max

“There are two women tackling climate change in a big way. Michele Bachmann is o…

The Problem of How to Greet People This Season

Do you say, ‘Merry Christmas’ and risk the possibility of insulting a Zoroastria…

All Religious-Based Answers Are Acceptable?

“If the students in Ohio schools want to replace math with myth, and fact with f…

You Don’t Need to Be Brave

“Bravery is the suppression or masking of fear but sharing one’s fear makes more…

We Hold These Truths To Be Self Evident

“I am fascinated by religion. I simply don’t like the idea that something is bey…

Is Love a Solution?

Is our capacity for compassion and kindness enough to resist the ‘dark psychic f…

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

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 also hosts our podcast, “Essential Conversations.” Listen here.

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