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‘Einstein and the Rabbi’ author to speak at J

Rabbi Naomi Levy

When bestselling author Rabbi Naomi Levy came across a poignant letter by Albert Einstein to a grieving rabbi, it shook her to her core. His words perfectly captured what she has come to believe about the human condition: that we are intimately connected and that we are blind to this truth.

Einstein wrote, “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness…”

What had elicited such spiritual wisdom from a man of science? On Sunday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Levy, the author of “Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul” will speak about her search into the mystery of Einstein’s letter and the mysteries of the human soul.

Levy, who recently led a CHAI Circle retreat in Tucson, is also the author of the national bestseller “To Begin Again,” “Talking to God” and “Hope Will Find You.” The founder and leader of Nashuva, a Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in Los Angeles, she was named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “Today” show, and NPR.

A coffee and dessert reception will follow the talk. Admission is $10 for members in advance; $12 for nonmembers and at the door. Childcare is available with advance notice to Jennifer Selco at