Rabbi Ivan Browner
10 years in business
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- How did you get started doing this type of work?
Since I was a young man, I had the feeling like something was missing deep within me. That yearning percolated within me and finally surfaced as an intense desire to delve into the study of spirituality and search for the answer of why I felt this way. In true to life form, as my questions were being formed and asked, a path which led to understanding these deep questions was revealed. It was at this time that I was introduced to the study of martial arts and meditation. I know most people would think that the study of martial arts is about as close to Judaism as a ham sandwich is to a rabbi, but in truth the enriching study of martial arts is what set me on the path back to my Jewish Heritage. During this time, I was also blessed to have been exposed to other rich spiritual traditions ranging from Japanese Zen meditation to the study of Yoga. These studies helped open my eyes to the difference between personal experiences over mere book knowledge, Amazingly enough, the path of discovery I was treading finally brought me full circle as I found the path of Spiritual Judaism to be even more rich and vibrant than any tradition of Far East origin. It ended up being my Jewish martial arts instructor who helped me find my way back to the study of Torah, Mitzvot and Jewish Meditation. Since that time I have continued to study and learn through the help of many gifted rabbis and spiritual teachers who all have become powerful influences in my life journey.