Netanel Miles-Yepez

Biography

Born into a Mexican-American family, in his late teens, Miles-Yépez discovered his family's hidden Jewish roots and began to explore Judaism and other religions seriously. After studying history of religions and comparative religion at Michigan State University, he moved to Boulder, Colorado to study with the innovative Hasidic master and leader in ecumenical dialogue, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. In addition to Schachter-Shalomi, he also studied with various Sufi masters and teachers of Buddhism, and counts Father Thomas Keating, Trappist monk and founder of the Centering Prayer movement, as an important influence. In 2004, he and Schachter-Shalomi co-founded the Sufi-Hasidic, Inayati-Maimuni Order, fusing the Sufi and Hasidic principles of spirituality and practice espoused by Rabbi Avraham Maimuni in 13th-century Egypt with the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov and Hazrat Inayat Khan. Currently, he teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

As a writer on religious subjects, he is known for his critically acclaimed commentaries on Hasidic spirituality (written with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi), A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (2009) and A Hidden Light: Stories and Teachings of Early HaBaD and Bratzlav Hasidism (2011); and for the ecumenical works he has edited, The Common Heart: An Experience of Interreligious Dialogue (2006) and Meditations for InterSpiritual Practice (2011).

As an artist, Miles-Yépez is mostly known for his vibrant paintings, influenced by traditional religious imagery and his Mexican-American heritage. His work in general represents a lifelong fascination with religious iconography, myth and symbol, image and archetype, cultural impressions and his own ancestry. Most of his work is concerned with the acculturation and use of traditional symbols and iconic forms in a new multi-cultural paradigm.

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Books

One God, Many Worlds: Teachings of a Renewed Hasidism: A Festschrift in Honor of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 50,950. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015 by Albion-Andalus Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Judaism / Kabbalah & Mysticism
In 2014, a number of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s students and colleagues were invited to contribute to a festschrift or commemorative volume in his honor. In this truly unique volume, each contributor updates or gives a new presentation to teachings by Reb Zalman’s own rebbes which he himself translated into English.
My Love Stands Behind a Wall: A Translation of the Song of Songs and Other Poems
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2015 by Albion-Andalus Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
“Netanel Miles-Yépez’ translations soar with the erotic ecstasy of holy desire, reminding us that knowing God isn’t only a matter of emptying out, but also a matter of merging with. His Song sings, and invites you to sing along.” — Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Embracing the Divine Feminine: Song of Songs Annotated and Explained
Into My Garden: Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's Legacy of Songs and Melodies: Volume I
Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2015 by Albion-Andalus Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Judaism / Kabbalah & Mysticism, Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Jewish
Into My Garden: Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's Legacy of Songs and Melodies: Volume I finally reveals Reb Zalman the musician and composer who many students around the world have been surprised to meet in the middle of a Shabbaton or a Jewish Renewal retreat.
Meditations for InterSpiritual Practice: A Collection of Practices from the World's Spiritual Traditions
Price: $8.50 USD. Words: 51,190. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015 by Albion-Andalus Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Ecumenism
Meditations for InterSpiritual Practice is a collection of articles on meditation and prayer in different spiritual traditions as taught by authentic teachers of those traditions. In each article, the author gives context for a foundational practice of their tradition and follows it with instructions for carrying out this practice.
God Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: An Essay on the 'Contraction' of God in Different Jewish Paradigms
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 10,640. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014 by Albion-Andalus Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Judaism / Kabbalah & Mysticism
In this wide-ranging essay, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Netanel Miles-Yépez explore the profound implications of the kabbalistic idea of Tzimtzum, the 'contraction' of God that allows for Creation, through different paradigms of Jewish belief over the centuries, and look at its function in Judaism and Jewish practice today.
Foundations of the Fourth Turning of Hasidism: A Manifesto
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2014 by Albion-Andalus Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Judaism / Kabbalah & Mysticism, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religious philosophy
Hasidism is a perennial movement of the spirit arising again and again through the centuries in various contemplative movements in Judaism. Among these have been three significant movements, or revolutionary "turnings" in Jewish consciousness that have significantly impacted future generations. In this little book, we are given an outline for a "Fourth Turning of Hasidism" which can renew Judaism.

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