Seeking Spiritual NYC

Thursday, June 12, 2014

World Trade Center site on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. World Trade Center site on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Lee Kravitz, former editor-in-chief of Parade magazine and author of Pilgrim: Risking the Life I Have to Find the Faith I Seek, talks about his post-9/11 spiritual quest -- all within 100 miles of New York City. 


Lee Kravitz

Comments [10]

John A from sparser WC

Amy, that's more or less what I did. What would get missed, though, is the through-line of the week-to-week narrative. Just dropping in and out makes a choppy mess. And there's that sence of community already mentioned in the show.

Jun. 12 2014 12:22 PM
Amy from Manhattan

John A, why would your chapel crawl (Jews call it shul-hopping) have to be all in 1 weekend? You could go to a different one every weekend, or possibly cycle through several, 1 or 2 per weekend over each month (or whatever interval).

Jun. 12 2014 12:07 PM

I feel very sorry for Lee Kravitz's wife.

Jun. 12 2014 12:01 PM
Amy from Manhattan

How come Mr. Kravitz isn't the one baking the challah & making the Shabbes dinner, if he's the one it means so much to?

Jun. 12 2014 12:01 PM
Elaine from Baltimore

I too have been on that search and went back to the roots of my heritage, Judaism. Not the revamped American hybrid, but Torah Judaism. YEA! I couldn't live without shabbat for me and my family, where davening is a meditation, and the link in my family chain continues, an important aspect as the daughter of a holocaust survivor. The point of the departure for me was how valid was the Sinai experience and if valid, do I practice my religion on my terms or G-d's terms.

Jun. 12 2014 11:58 AM
Robin from Westchester, NY

The quest never ends. When searching for God, there are endless possibilities and no limitations.
Born into Roman Catholicism and having spent time in seminary, I too have sought insight in other disciplines, including Buddhism and Quakerism.
I find it interesting that people aren't comfortable with members who don't commit to the community. There's a sense of "in or out". The search, for most of us though, continues
It's interesting that Lee, and other listeners, have sought out contemplative communities, rather than ritual. We seek the deepness of silence and the centering that is missing in life.

Jun. 12 2014 11:57 AM
John A

Was a seeker for 25 years, and still looking around in a open minded sence. The result to 'just pick one' was just practicality because the alternative is to do a 'chapel crawl' all weekend long.

Jun. 12 2014 11:50 AM
norelig from bklyn

I'd love to hear your conclusions in a year. I tried the reverse. I tried to be religious for a year or so back in my mid20s. Wasn't a fan, but I feel that one needs to know both sides.

Jun. 12 2014 11:50 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Jewish theology in a nutshell: God helps those who help themselves. And God help those who can't :)

And here we go, another failed Jew looking for love in all the wrong places, in all the wrong faces.

Everybody is looking for somethin'. What else is new? Read the Book of Job.

Jun. 12 2014 11:46 AM

I'm actually trying something new where I live with no trace of religion whatsoever for a year...however tempting it may be to be religious, I really want to give being 100% religion-free to be my goal.
It will cause me to turn inward more for answers instead of seek men in robes, men in beards, men in hats for answers.
I already started a few weeks ago and so far I find that I'm neither happier or sadder.
It's just nice to be a person without labels.

Jun. 12 2014 11:27 AM

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