"I believe that wherever you are, there are always going to be people who are open to the divine. It doesn't matter if you're in the Main Line or Mount Airy or the West Coast or wherever," said [Ethan Franzel], who added that he hopes to expand, rather than upend, the options available to Reform Jews. "I'm not making any global efforts. I'm just presenting powerful practices.""The other thing that chanting does is that it uses very little text, which makes it very accessible," she said. "People who don't know Hebrew, people who can't read it, you've only got a few syllables. It means that everybody can participate."In many ways, Franzers message is an age-old one in Judaism. It's not just about thinking; it's about doing. "You can't be spiritual unless you are specifically engaged in spiritual practices," he said. "What I want is that people who are engaged in this kind of work are engaged in a path, a set of practices."
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