Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is an Israeli-born, Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist. He's the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. and the founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul in NYC, an artist-driven, everybody friendly, God-optional, pop-up experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings.
Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of the American Jewish World Service, a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network, serves on the Leadership Council of the New York Jewish Agenda, the Advisory Council of the International School for Peace - a Refugee Support Project in Greece, a member of the Advisory Council for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and is a faculty member of the Reboot Network.
Through all his endeavors, he brings a creative, inclusive, and vital energy to Jewish practice and Jewish life.
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I've long believed that one of the most promising avenues to apply design skills and creativity to is in designing communities, social rituals, and spiritual practice that suits the modern world. And, as such, there's no one I can think of that exemplifies this better than Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie. I think this conversation, which is full of wisdom and fun, is a great introduction to exactly the type of spiritual design we need to see more of. So let's jump right in with Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie.
[3:52] Life During Covid
[10:17] The Wisdom of the Set Table
[22:31] The Birth of Storahtelling
[29:55] A Paradigm Shift from Patriarchy
[38:25] Rebirth of the Translator
[54:34] The Design of Lab/Shul
[1:00:19] Design Thinking and Virtual Practice
[1:11:54] Individualism vs Collectivism
[1:19:36] The Significance of the Tree