I was honored and delighted to interview Rabbi Tirzah Firestone on her perspective on transitions. Rabbi Firestone is my rabbi, my mentor, and a continual source of inspiration and guidance to thousands of people around the world. We talked about transitions of every kind, from the beginning and ending of a day to the tragedy of losing a loved one to our planetary transition. Her words are infused with hope, wisdom and love, and the interview left me with a big smile throughout my body.
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Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, M.A. is an author, psychotherapist, and founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. Widely known for her groundbreaking work on Kabbalah and depth psychology and the re-integration of the feminine wisdom tradition within Judaism, Rabbi Firestone lectures and teaches throughout the United States on spirituality, meditation, and the integration of ancient mystical wisdom into contemporary life. She is currently working on a doctorate in Depth Pscyhology with an emphasis on eco and the global community, at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Tirzah’s love for the ancient tradition of Judaism focuses on the mystical and Hassidic teachings which she knows to have profound healing power and which she believes speak to the great imbalances we face in the twenty-first century.
She says: “In this vast world, every one of us needs to belong. We all need to know that we have warm arms to hold us, some form of family, and a tribal identity that gives us a personal anchor. But our tribe can also limit us. At this time when the world cries out with so much suffering, we need to be rooted in who we are but also expand our sphere of awareness in wider and wider circles of concern.”
To read more about Rabbi Firestone and her work, go to her website at www.tirzahfirestone.com.