Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, better known as Reb Zalman, was born in Poland, raised in Vienna, and ordained as a rabbi in New York. He is the pioneering father of the Jewish Renewal movement, founder of the Spiritual Eldering Institute, and an active and original teacher of Jewish mysticism. Reb Zalman taught at the University of Manitoba, Canada, from 1956 to 1975 and was professor of Jewish mysticism and psychology of religion at Temple University until his retirement in 1987, when he was named professor emeritus. In 1995 he accepted the World Wisdom Chair at Naropa University, where he is currently professor in the department of religion Nataniel Miles-Yepez studied history of religions at Michigan State University and contemplative religion at Naropa University. He is an ordained teacher in the Sufi traditionShalomi, Zalman Schachter is the author of 'Wrapped in a Holy Flame Teachings and Tales of the Hasidic Masters', published 2003 under ISBN 9780787965730 and ISBN 0787965731.