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Author: Rabbi Rami Shapiro

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…

Why Vote?

I just read that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed today not to rai…

Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami: 21st Century Spirituality

Former priest Matthew Fox speaks with Rabbi Rami Shapiro about his work, and his new book, modern spirituality, and intergenerational wisdom.

Mrs. Jesus

What is it with these Coptic Christians? Last week one them started a murderous …

What I Want for My Grandchildren

I received an interesting questionnaire while I was away in India. I’m sharing m…

Peace & Harmony vs. Reality

I'm in India as part of a Peace & Harmony conference in honor of the 150th anniv…

Death of My Teacher Bonia Shur

One of my dearest teachers died last Thursday. His name was Bonia Shur, and he w…

Enjoy the Fun of Getting, But Teach the Power of Giving

To these perennial questions, I offer some answers — not to close a conversation…

Scriptures Reflect the Best and Worst Within Us

To these perennial questions, I offer some answers―not to close a conversation b…

Random Reactions to the RNC

As the election season rolls on I become more jaded. I am troubled most by the a…

God Always Answers Our Prayers

God always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is “no.” You’ve probably he…

Free Pray State

Missourians vote tomorrow to save prayer in the public square. A proposed amendm…

Let the Competition Begin

People attending the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro will have to pass by thi…

Chick-Lit

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy supports traditional Bible family values, and be…

Heroes

“In a place where there are no heroes—be a hero!” This two thousand year o…

Letter to a New Rabbi

[I can't remember who asked me to write this, or if it was ever published, but I…

What’s the Difference Between Jesus and Christ?

You’re a hypocrite. You don’t believe in heaven or hell, and yet you let people …

Enlightenment: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

I’ve been reading a lot of books about enlightenment lately, and I still don’t h…

Do I Tell My Dying Daughter That I Don’t Believe in Heaven?

My roommate insists it’s impossible to prove the existence of God. I’m not sure.…

The Difference Between Spirituality and Religion?

I know this sounds basic, but what is the difference between religion and spirit…

Do Dings and Divots Reveal Soul?

My mother died suddenly from a heart attack, and I can’t rid myself of the anger…

Can I Still Love My Brother, the Atheist?

My brother and I have been Christians all our lives. Now he says he’s an atheist…

Who's Afraid of Gods?

Just how scared of Satan do you have to be to flee in the face of a non-Christia…

Vive la Difference?

I’m reading The Forward, a wonderful Jewish newspaper, and two articles catch my…

What is the Difference Between Religion and Spirituality?

I’m in recovery and suspect that my addictions keep me from knowing something. B…

Breakfast at Noshville

I’m sitting at the counter in Noshville, Nashville’s New York-style  Jewish…

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

In 1968 Mitt Romney allegedly led an alleged assault on an allegedly gay student…

2012 M(a)y(an) Ass

Damn, damn, damn. I don’t know about you but I was planning to enjoy my final mo…

I Have Failed, Part 4

I seem to have opened a can of worms, and I invite you worms to post your commen…

I Have Failed, Part 3

This rant was to have only two parts (you can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here)…

I Have Failed, Part 2

I split this blog post into two sections so as to not lose the import of the sec…

I Have Failed, Part 1

I’m grading papers this week. One assignment in my Bible class was to rewrite th…

Little Free Library

I spent the last three days with my friend and teacher, Andrew Harvey, at Scarri…

Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan's 13 Wants

I found this online and wanted to share it with you. I wrote my MA thesis on the…

Tablet Wars

Posting the Ten Commandments in government buildings may soon become legal in Te…

The Spiritual Traveler: Why Does God Hate Me?

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, poet, and teacher. In this column…

Rabbi Rami's Guide to Life's 5 Biggest Questions

Let’s face it. The biggest unknown in a parent’s life is her child. These beings…

This is War

War is hell. And hell—or at least heaven—makes war all the more hell…

The Real War on Christianity

America is an ideal that can never be completely fulfilled. That’s not something…

How Much Do I Love Free Will?

Free will was a hot topic this morning. I was sitting in the Springfield, MO air…

Keep the Doubt

I am often told to keep the faith. The truth is, however, I prefer doubt. Faith …

Why I'm Not A [Blank]

A couple of weeks ago during a Q&A session after a talk I gave I was asked, “Why…

Create Your Own Holy Day

We are entering one of the busiest spiritual seasons of the year, so we asked fo…

Is It Important To Find a Good Spiritual Teacher?

To these perennial questions, I offer some answers — not to close a conversation…

Is Being a Seeker a Poor Example for My Daughter?

To these perennial questions, I offer some answers — not to close a conversation…

Learning to Love

Peggy La Cerra’s “Why Relationships Are So Difficult” ends with a challenge: “Pe…

The Essence of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not so much an act as an attitude. As an act, forgiveness raise…

Trust the Ball

Now that we have two GOP contests under our belt I turned to my trustworthy Magi…

Hosting an Interfaith Harmony Breakfast

The first week in February is World Interfaith Harmony Week. The week was propos…

Great Jews

Rabbi David Wolpe, citing Rav Abraham Isaac Kook, asks a great question in his 1…

Author and teacher Rabbi Rami Shapiro will lead “Walking Without, Journeying Within”—a trip to the Holy Land with S&H in fall 2018.

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 newest book is The World Wisdom Bible.

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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