Rabbi David Cooper



What a lovely smile!

And what a lovely essence..

Be inspired!


A very interesting publication of him, translated into Dutch:

Cooper, David, ‘Het hart van de berg. Een mystieke odyssee’, (NY 1991) Deventer, 1995.

It renders the story of his search for meaning and spirituality. Together with his beloved wife Shoshannah, he explores both his attraction to Judaism’s kabbalah and Islam’s sufism, while experiencing the demanding yet beneficial effects of meditational practices originating from a.o. Buddhism.

On pages 216-217 it says (in Dutch):

‘Iedere religieuze traditie kan een manier van leven worden. Ja, onze spirituele zoektocht is er voornamelijk op gericht een religieuze traditie te vinden die past bij ons ritme en de geaardheid van onze ziel. Dikwijls biedt onze afkomst bij deze zoektocht een belangrijke aanwijzing. Welk pad we uiteindelijk ook volgen, ons spiritueel streven zal immers altijd worden beïnvloed door de erfenis van ouders, familie, taal, cultuur en geloofsleer.’

I love this passage, since I believe that all is born from a ‘certain’ relativity. According to this view, I think we ought to learn to come to terms with both our individuality and communality. We ARE family, as mankind.. If only we would all endeavour to reach out, to arrive at that level where distinction is only a matter of purity of heart, rather than creed, caste, faith, or nation..


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