Spiritual Education
Spiritual Education

Spiritual Education

The Educational Theory and Practice of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson

Jewish Spiritual Traditions and Contempo


334 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $27.95 (US $27.95) (CA $57.95)

Publication Date: January 2020

ISBN 9780824599584

Price: $27.95


The seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (1902-1994) was perhaps the twentieth century's most well-known Jewish religious leader, best identified for spearheading the world-wide reconstruction of post-Holocaust Jewish religious life and inspiring a re-awakening of Jewish awareness and observance. Overseeing a primarily educational organization in over fifty countries, he addressed a vast range of educational matters in his correspondence, essays and public addresses. This book, the fruit of the author's exhaustive research, closely examines Rabbi Schneerson's substantive corpus and identifies the cohesive educational theory that underlies it. The defining elements of that innovative theory are shown to provide a vision for education that is of practical relevance to communities and individuals far beyond the Jewish community and for the wider world. After illustrating how Rabbi Schneerson's practical agenda is a consequence of his theory, implications of his educational theory for current educational practice and policy in the wider setting are found to frequently surpass the limitations of popular educational thinking about religious and moral education. Spiritual Education illustrates a new, sometimes radical, model of "theosocial" education.


"Of this I am certain: Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, the last Lubavitcher Rebbe, had more insight into education than all the schools of education in our society. If you want to understand why, read this book. Rabbi Aryeh Solomon has accomplished a truly important goal: to systematize and explain the Rebbe's take on education. This is therefore a very important book — for the religious and the secular, the Jew and the non-Jew. If these ideas are taken seriously by parents and teachers, we will enter a golden age in education. We are currently in a dark age." —Dennis Prager, radio talk show host, founder of the internet-based PragerU, New York Times bestselling author

Author Biography

 Dr. Aryeh Solomon completed undergraduate studies at Sydney University. Since 1984 he has served as College Rabbi to 1,600 students at Moriah College and he is the spiritual leader of its Hugo Lowy Synagogue. At La Trobe U., Dr. Solomon's second dissertation was awarded the prestigious Nancy Mills Medal.