About the Author


Rabbi Tzvi Gluckin

Tzvi Gluckin lectures extensively on a wide range of Jewish related topics. He is the author of four books including: Everything You Want Is Really Jewish, Discover This, and Knee Deep in the Funk: Understanding the Connection Between Spirituality and Music. He served in the Israeli Army, holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, and is currently the director of Vechulai, an innovative Jewish think tank in Boston. For more information, visit his website at gluckin.com/.

Tzvi is also an accomplished musician. Listen to his new album and download it here: http://tzvigluckin.bandcamp.com/


The Hamas Miracle

How did a terrorist organization sworn to Israel’s destruction, using human shields, firing rockets at populated areas become the good guys and Israel the bad?

Almost Anonymous

Meet the man behind the some of the most well-known Jewish songs.

The Wisdom of the Rolling Stones

5 Jewish lessons from the world’s greatest band.

Jewish on the Outside

Eli Schwebel’s journey to discovering his heart.

Unconditionally Mom

Why your mom doesn't hate you even though she should.

Judaism, Sacrifice, and the Education of Alex Clare

Before he became famous, the observant pop star gave up his career in order to stick to his Jewish beliefs.

Requiem for a Nightmare

A story of survival and a libretto for six million.

Klezmer’s Virtuoso

Patience and perseverance: Andy Statman’s journey through Judaism and music.

Black Jewish Rapper

His name is Nissim – which means miracles in Hebrew. An apt description of his life.

How to Spell Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the only holiday that freaks out your spell check. And that confusion is deeper than you think.

Avoiding Life's Freakouts

Thinking about the meaning of life.

Breakfast with Tzvi: Black Sabbath

A lesson for life from the heavy metal world of rock n roll.

The Torah’s PIN Number

Identifying information that only the author knows.

Breakfast with Tzvi: Shwarma!

Living with the awareness of a connoisseur.

Breakfast with Tzvi: Volunteering

I got totally wiped out, and loved it.

How to Say Thank You

It's all in the details.

Breakfast with Tzvi: Winning the Race

Who's the real champion in life?

Radical Jews

The New Jews are really the Old Jews.

Beyond the Rules

How Judaism is a vehicle for spiritual self-expression.

Marriage: For Women Only

How to make your husband feel like he's your knight in shining armor.

Marriage: For Men Only

A step-by-step survival guide.

Revolutionary Shofar

Being a Jew means being part of the counter-culture.

Hope, Jews, and the Boston Red Sox

Years of heartbreak, disaster, close-calls, cosmic blunders -- and the people still had hope and hung on.

Shwarma: A Love Story

Sometimes a person needs to meditate and think about things. Most of the time he just needs to eat something greasy.

Jazz and the Abstract Truth

A story of one man's spiritual journey that took some unusual twists and turns -- jazz studies, African drumming, pretending to be Malcolm X.

Knee Deep

When playing in a band produces a high that never lasts, one is forced to look elsewhere for fulfillment. But how can Judaism compare to Fuzzy Walter?

Lost in Berlin

Deiter turned Ben on to German beer. They were having an amazing time. Until Ben got lost with no money and no map...

Bad Attitude: A True Story For Yom Kippur

"My career was still stuck in neutral. I wasn't working. I wasn't doing anything to get things going either, except blaming my roomate for ruining my life with his success."

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