Reb Zalman Dies

I am grieving the loss of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, who died at his home in Boulder, CO on July 3, 2014.  He’d been sick and hospitalized for many weeks, but was recovering and hopeful he would make it through this year’s High Holidays.  A great celebration of his 90th birthday had been planned for August.  But around 8:40 a.m., his breathing stopped.

I’m grateful for the time we spent together, and that he was able to complete with me what he considered his final teaching.  He’d told me repeatedly that he was at peace with dying, he had his “travelin’ shoes,” and was “ready to go.”  The only thing he still wanted to do was communicate how it feels “when you know you’re approaching the end,” and how to prepare for the mystery.  His wife, Eve, and I take comfort in the fact that he was able to see the book launched, his last thoughts and words published.

His funeral is tomorrow, the 4th of  July, and I’ll be posting afterward.

Reb Zalman at a wedding several years ago. How we will miss him!

Reb Zalman at a wedding several years ago. How we will miss him! (photo courtesy of Donna Zerner)







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3 thoughts on “Reb Zalman Dies

  1. Debbie


    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear friend. He was obviously a man of great importance in your personal and religious life. I don’t know you (other than reading your blog) but I sense your loss is very profound. I hope to coming days bring you a sense of comfort and thankfulness for having such a wonderful person in your life. God bless you.

    Debbie Broeker

  2. susan swiderski

    It sounds like a fitting send-off for this extraordinary man. Thanks to you and your wonderful book, many people… like me… got to know him, and to love him.

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