In Memory of Rabbi David Zeller


be a melitz yoshor for moshiach to come this year. tell Shlomo I miss him too. After 120 I want to sit behind you guys. Save me a seat.
    Dovid, no one can ever replace you, just like no one could ever replace Shlomo. We can only strive to be a little like you.........
with love..............Dov Shurin

dov shurin
dovshurin@yahoo.com

israel

Sunday 23rd of September 2007


i remember one time when i had the prevelidge to be david's guest in efrat, it was sukot holiday 5 years ago, in the morning we went to the synagouge and david showed his hospitality and warmth when he put me under his talit and smiled during the blessing of the cohanim.
this was one example of his special character that was shown many times' in his workshops by his teaching, singing and human behviour.
i feel that i had a great prevelidge to know him.
i pray for the uplifting of his soul because he helped me get in touch with mine.
also i offer my condolence to his wonderfull family, may you know hapinnes and joy.
ido zecharya

ido zecharya
idozec@walla.co.il

israel

Monday 03rd of September 2007


The spirt and songs of Rabbi Zeller have touched us greatly.  We will continue singing his songs and remember the joy he brought to us and so many others.

Glenn Rubel
glennrubel@hotmail.com

ISA

Saturday 01st of September 2007


Rabbi David's words and music were a blessing to me in a time of deep depression and turmoil; today his songs still light up my days. I will light incense for him in the dojo tonight and remember him in our services.
Osho Virginia Parkum
The Blue Mountain Lotus Society
Buddhist

Virginia Parkum
runninghorsedojo@aol.com

USA

Sunday 26th of August 2007


I heard about David Zellers death in the camp in Campra. He and his music have been a great blessing to me. I grew up with a harsh God, and had great difficulty in feeling the love of God. The softness of his voice, his song "let go"have been with me for years and have given me great soulace. I am very happy for what he has given to the world, to me, a feeling image of the tender love of God.

God bless you all.

Love, Agneet 

Agnete Zuidervaart
A.Zuidervaart@hetnet.nl

The Netherlands

Monday 20th of August 2007


Ah David, sweet David.  Easy to picture being with you as we met Schlomo for the first time.  I talking about having met Krishnamurti, and then Wow, our joy in meeting Schlomo.  It was only after reading your wonderful book did I discover that great class we took, with Dr. Ho, on I Ching, was organized by you.  Wendy, Paula, Steve, you & I, & think 2 other folks, embibing in this extra ordinary Toaist master.  Our paths crossed in so many contexts over the years.  The last time we spoke, our both being amused, that when I finally married, I married Yael, an Israeli.  Talk of us getting together in Israel, and now --
The feeling for me of reading other people's writings to you, is manifestation of You, as vehicle beyond you.    So little we know.  You are deeply felt and missed, at the same time.  Love to you Rebbe David.

 

david m. josephson
davidj@kapiti.co.nz

New Zealand

Friday 10th of August 2007


I just heard the news and I am in shock.  I didn't know Rabbi Zeller so well but the few encounters with him have made a huge impression on my life.  I met him in Israel a few years ago and was touched by his gentle and loving way...radiating with light.  I saw true example of a Jew.  Some years later I was at a rehab center and was overjoyed when Rabbi Zeller came to sing and share Torah with us.  He was a light onto my life as I am sure so many others as well.  May his momory be a blessing.

J
sereneinjerusalem@yahoo.com

Israel

Sunday 29th of July 2007


To David's family and friends,
with great surprise and deep feelings we are remembering David at the Swiss Alps Sufi Camp, where David and Hannah Sarah spend several summers with us.
Both of them are in our hearts during this month in the mountains.
With fond memories
Zahir

Zahir
mail@zenithinstitute.com

Switzerland

Thursday 26th of July 2007


I'm an old friend of David's from college. We played in the jug band together. I have been devastated by his passing. 

I have a room for rent in my house and put a listing on Craigslist recently. A young man answered the listing the other day and he said that he is studying for a degree in clinical psychology at the Institute For Transpersonal Psychology! I felt David contacting me from beyond. His life and work lives on. 

I miss him very much and I send my love to the family.

Your very sincerely,

Randy Craig

Randy Craig
rancraig1@earthlink.net

USA

Tuesday 24th of July 2007


Oy, what a loss for this world! A spark of Reb Dovid lives inside each of us now. May we be granted the merit to pass on his teachings and songs and finish lifting the sparks that Reb Dovid was working on! I've been singing "I am alive" every day. 

Rabbi David Zaslow
Shalomrav@aol.com

USA

Thursday 19th of July 2007


Thinking of you all the time. Especially on Shabbat, singing "ki lishuatcha kivinu kol hayom"...
We love you, mishpachat Zeller.

Adina Hoter
gentlelioness30@gmail.com

Israel

Thursday 19th of July 2007


Dear Zellers,
 
I remember Topanga evenings with you and the special occasions when David
was there. I remember more joy and laughter on those evenings and a welcome
added guitar. Topanga is a long way back but is part of the DNA that ties our friendship.
 
I'm sad for your sorrow and the loss of David.
 
 
 
Vince

Vince Carden
vc@vcstudio.com

U. S.

Tuesday 03rd of July 2007


I am so heartbroken - I have been davening for the holy Reb Dovid, as a young yeshiva bachur I remeber watching him learn in the back of the beit midrash, he was an inspitration. And whenever I met him thereon he always had a kind word and his special smile. The sweet singer of Israel is no more... we are less for it!

Daniel Mush Meyer

Sunday 01st of July 2007


Rabbi Zeller's music has been a part of my spiritual path ever since I first heard one of his tapes in 1989- Path of Heart- These songs and the inspiraton they give me still guide me to my heart. I'm so sad to know he has gone from us and that his family will no longer have his big heart.

Love,
 Anne Bearheart

Anne Bearheart
annewalt@comcast.net

USa

Saturday 30th of June 2007


To the family of David Zeller: Hamakom Yenachem etchem Btoch Shaar aveilei Tzion v'Yerushalayim. 

David was so sweet. Just to hear his voice was a Bracha. At the Futterman's Bar Mitzvah Shabbos in the old city, Shabbbos, Rosh  Chodesh Av a few years ago Reb David sang Hallel. I think only when the Moshiach comes will we here such a Hallel again.

We were fortunate to have known him. 

Elyahu Reiter
elyahu@simplytsfat.com

Israel

Saturday 23rd of June 2007


I first heard Rabbi David's music in the late 70s then had the wonderful blessing of attending a service with him and Stephen Merritt in Seattle, Washington. I can truly say that the concert was one of the high points of my life. His song, "I Am Alive" moved my soul so deeply. What sweetness and purity. This beautiful energy is so needed in our world today.


Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman

Saturday 23rd of June 2007


Dear family and friends of Reb Dovid,
It is with great sadness that we heard the news, but our memories of him are sweet and powerful.  Our first encounter was through the Ruach Retreat tapes with Reb Shlomo z"l.  We would listen to Reb Dovid singing "Roooach, roooach..." or "kol ha-olam kulo" or "ka ribenu nagila" and be transported to the next world monentarily.  Truly, the "Rebbe of feeling!"  We did have the chance to study briefly in person in Vancouver, and we hold precious that beautiful moment in time. 

May his memory be for a blessing.  May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

Ron & Estarisa Laye
ronlaye@telus.net

Canada

Friday 22nd of June 2007


Dear Chevre,

My condolences to us all in so many countries that Reb Zeller, z'l travelled. 
Reb Dovid was so humble, that I thought he came only to us in Los Angeles... The most wonderful people, now dear friends, would come and listen and learn from Rabbi Zeller.
May Reb Dovid Zellers zl family, wife, Hannah Sarah, children, and sister, be comforted by the Compassionate One, among all mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim. May Reb Dovid's loved ones, and chevre find the strength, given by the Holy One, to endure these difficult, sad, heavy, mourning days. With the brokenness in your hearts, may the Divine One have easy entry to help heal your heart.
 
May Reb Dovids sweet, gentle neshama soar and have an easy and sweet aliyah, ascending and expanding to a very high place awaiting him in Shmayim / heaven and G*ds Greatness.  May his soul find complete peaceful rest and niggunim to nourish him where the veils of the universe are no longer, with the Master of the Universe. May Reb Dovid be welcomed by the angels, whom he mirrored, and by his holy teachers, Shlomo, z'l, Rebbe Nachman and the Ba'al Shem Tov. I see Reb Dovid as a messenger from us, lining the womb of the heavens with vibrational sweetness for future birthings from below.

 Ner Hashem Nishmat HaAdam.  The light of the Compassionate One is the soul of the human being.  "In Your Light Do I see Light." I even wore a t-shirt with this quote because of your song.
Reb Dovid exemplified the light of the Source of All BlesSings. He shined, bringing it all down to us to receive and to shine light back into the universe. Rebono Shel Olam must have mamash needed a powerful messenger of light, that at Mount Sinai Hashem kissed and took back Reb Dovid's neshama to shine from a higher place. May Reb Dovid's legacy of his spiritual teachings, stories, goodness, compassion, sweetness, and his angelic music bring solace to us all and fill our hearts as we send love to Reb Dovid, z'l as his soul's journeys continue higher and higher.

Reb Dovid, as you know, I was Divinely guided to you, and you were my first gevaldt rebbe, bringing me to chevre that I love. You taught me to Return to the Land of my Soul, and with some "happies". You and your song helped me to survive when "Sometimes it's not so easy." I am grateful to you. "I listen to my heart's song", and you are in my heart. 
 
You don't need a "watch on your wrist" any longer. You are always on G*d's time.  "Oh, Go In Beauty, You Are A BlesSing of the Universe." 
 
I love you.
Joy Krauthammer
LA, USA
PS I wish that I could be with you at the Shloshim. Bring my love, my lev with you. My heart is so heavy.

Joy Krauthammer

USA

Friday 22nd of June 2007


Dear Chevre,

My condolences to us all in so many countries that Reb Zeller, z'l travelled.
Reb Dovid was so humble, that I thought he came only to us in Los Angeles... The most wonderful people, now dear friends, would come and listen and learn from Rabbi Zeller.
May Reb Dovid Zeller’s z’l family, wife, Hannah Sarah, children, and sister, be comforted by the Compassionate One, among all mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim. May Reb Dovid's loved ones, and chevre find the strength, given by the Holy One, to endure these difficult, sad, heavy, mourning days. With the brokenness in your hearts, may the Divine One have easy entry to help heal your heart.
 
May Reb Dovid’s sweet, gentle neshama soar and have an easy and sweet aliyah, ascending and expanding to a very high place awaiting him in Sh’mayim / heaven and G*d’s Greatness.  May his soul find complete peaceful rest and niggunim to nourish him where the veils of the universe are no longer, with the Master of the Universe. May Reb Dovid be welcomed by the angels, whom he mirrored, and by his holy teachers, Shlomo, z'l, Rebbe Nachman and the Ba'al Shem Tov. I see Reb Dovid as a messenger from us, lining the womb of the heavens with vibrational sweetness for future birthings from below.

 “Ner Hashem Nishmat Ha’Adam.”  The light of the Compassionate One is the soul of the human being.  "In Your Light Do I see Light." I even wore a t-shirt with this quote because of your song.
Reb Dovid exemplified the light of the Source of All BlesSings. He shined, bringing it all down to us to receive and to shine light back into the universe. Rebono Shel Olam must have mamash needed a powerful messenger of light, that at Mount Sinai Hashem kissed and took back Reb Dovid's neshama to shine from a higher place. May Reb Dovid's legacy of his spiritual teachings, stories, goodness, compassion, sweetness, and his angelic music bring solace to us all and fill our hearts as we send love to Reb Dovid, z'l as his soul's journeys continue higher and higher.

Reb Dovid, as you know, I was Divinely guided to you, and you were my first gevaldt rebbe, bringing me to chevre that I love. You taught me to Return to the Land of my Soul, and with some "happies". You and your song helped me to survive when "Sometimes it's not so easy." I am grateful to you. "I listen to my heart's song", and you are in my heart.
 
You don't need a "watch on your wrist" any longer. You are always on G*d's time.  "Oh, Go In Beauty, You Are A BlesSing of the Universe."
 
I love you.

Joy Krauthammer

LA, USA

Friday 22nd of June 2007


My wife and I had the pleasure and joy of hearing David speak and sing to about 20,000 people at Sai Baba's ashram in India in July 2005. David participated in an interfaith peace event and he was the highlight, for us, amongst the speakers from different faiths. His words were so sincere and beautiful. He brought tears of love and joy to many people there. We continue to enjoy his writings and music. Our prayers are with you in your loss. We marvel at the privilege in being able to share just a little in such a beautiful life.

Graeme Ogilvie
New Zealand

Graeme Ogilvie

Thursday 21st of June 2007


I never met Rabbi David Zeller.
But I met his music and it has accompanied me since then,
soothing and comforting me deep in my heart when I needed it.
His music is still alive.
May he be blessed eternally for the beautiful gift he brought to the earth 
through his presence, his voice, his music.

Solange JULIEN

Belgium

Thursday 21st of June 2007


To the family of Reb Dovid Zeller,

My heart goes out to all of you - and to all of us in the greater 'family' - at this time of sadness and loss.

When I was recently in Israel, I had the joy to talk with Reb Dovid on the phone. His bell-like voice had his beautiful energy of life and sweetness. He was looking forward to greeting the 20 guests at his seder. Reb Dovid was a mensch, a sweet singer of Israel, a beautiful neshama!

For several years, whenever Reb Dovid came to the CAJE conference (Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education), the Jewish Storytelling Network would invite him to lead the Rebbe's Tisch program on Shabbat afternoon. Reb Dovid would always begin with a nigun and intersperse stories and nigunim. I hoped that he would be there again...but it is not to be. But his voice will go with us wherever we are!

As Jews know so well, it is the telling of our stories that keep a person 'alive.' May Reb Dovid live in our hearts and memories through the stories he told and the songs he sang. May we continue to tell our stories about him and sing his nigunim - in good health and joy. 

Peninnah Schram
Peninnah1@aol.com

USA

Thursday 21st of June 2007


We loved David. He brough joy and hope in our hearts the time he came to Mexico. His singing talked to our souls. We feel deeply in pain that he had left. But we will always keep him in our hearts. I give my condolensce to his beautiful family and hope that  through his songs, books and teachings he will plant seeds and counsciousness in those  souls who didnt  have the priviledge of knowing him. I feel lucky I did 

My love to all of you

Patrizia Michan

Patrizia Michan
mich@att.net.mx

Mexico City

Wednesday 20th of June 2007


Shalom Aleichem,
Nachamu, nachamu...

It is still difficult to believe that Reb David A"H no longer walks this earth. I feel so blessed to have spent some time with him and his family. The Shabbatot in Efrat at his home was so very sweet and well, homey.

One Seder in Efrat I was at the table with Hannah Sarah, Mordechai, a Hindu priest (that Mordechai had met at the Kotel and invited home) and a Buddhist nun (Jewish of course). It was a deep and meaningful experience for me as I had been a student of Buddhism and Eastern religion for many years before rediscovering Judaism.

I remember walking and talking with him in Jerusalem and at Elat Chayyim (where I was always front and center taking in each word and melody). I felt so cared for in his presence.

He encouraged me many times when my faith was shaky and always had the right story or song for my soul.

May the Eternal One bless and comfort you, Hannah Sarah, and all the children and grandchildren, as Reb David has been a blessing and a comfort to us all.

With love and gratitude.


Lev Douglas Ettelson (Feivel)
doug5L@hotmail.com

USA

Monday 18th of June 2007


Shalom Aleichem,
Nachamu, nachamu...

It is still difficult to believe that Reb David A"H no longer walks this earth. I feel so blessed to have spent some time with him and his family. The Shabbatot in Efrat at his home was so very sweet and well, homey.

One Seder in Efrat I was at the table with Hannah Sarah, Mordechai, a Hindu priest (that Mordechai had met at the Kotel and invited home) and a Buddhist nun (Jewish of course). It was a deep and meaningful experience for me as I had been a student of Buddhism and Eastern religion for many years before rediscovering Judaism.

I remember walking and talking with him in Jerusalem and at Elat Chayyim (where I was always front and center taking in each word and melody). I felt so cared for in his presence.

He encouraged me many times when my faith was shaky and always had the right story or song for my soul.

May the Eternal One bless and comfort you, Hannah Sarah, and all the children and grandchildren, as Reb David has been a blessing and a comfort to us all.

With love and gratitude.


Lev Douglas Ettelson (Feivel)

Monday 18th of June 2007


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Monday 18th of June 2007


Dear Zeller family,

My name is Michal Tal-Yah. I am still under the shock of the news about R'David death, since I got to know it a short while ago through the e mail for the shloshim. I spend this year in Portugal on a global peace project. 
 It was 10 years ago, at Yakar,that R'David was one of my important first teachers and accompaniers into the depth of the Jewish spirit. I grew up as a secular Israeli, and started to search my way to come close to God a year before I met him. Yakar opened for me the door to find my personal contact with the Devine through my own roots in my own language. As a musician myself, I connected to R'David's prayer-singing very strongly, and with the years and the unfolding of my own spiritual path I have made the meditative prayer-singing of nigunim that I first experienced with R'David, into my main ritual of prayer and connecting to God. In the last years I share it regularly on the Kabalat Shabbat ritual and in other special occasions with different circles of people. It has a powerful impact. This year, as I live mostly among non-Jews, I have the privilage to share it with non-Jewish people, many of them Germans, who participate voluntarily on the Kabalat Shabat evey week, use it as a spiritual anchor and appriciate it a whole lot. I send the soul of R'David my big gratitude from the depth of my heart, for me he has part in all this. 
I thought you should know this.
And I am still overwhelmed with sorrow about his passing away. 
I will come back to Jerusalem in August, and with God's help go back to give workshops and courses for women, as I did before, in this prayer meditative singing of nigunim together with voice training called "the liberation of the voice".    

I wish to strengthen your hearts and spirits. I am sure that to loose a husband and a father like R'David was, creates a big empty hole inside. and my wish to you is that you find the way to fill it again by staying close to his great spirit, finding a new way to be in contact with him.

I greet you from my heart,
Be'Shalom,
Michal             



Michal Tal-Yah
mtalya@gmail.com

Israel

Monday 18th of June 2007


joshua spiegelman/yehoshua ben-moshe halevi(continued)
i also wanted to mention the profound impact his cassette tape"ruach" had on me. i remember listening to it and reading the notes inside. this was the first i learned of the three levels of the soul: nefesh,ruach,neshama. and as a saxophone/flute player i was delighted to read how the ruach, the wind/breath connectedt the nefesh to the neshama.  the feeling and information from  that tape stayed with me for many years, til today.

i am so grateful to have known reb david, and look forward to meeting others who knew him.

joshua spiegelman

Sunday 17th of June 2007


i met david when he had just returned from india. i was a little kid, this was in the 60s.  i remember this skinny guy with a long beard, very soft spoken and sweet. he came to visit my parents, the spiegelmans, in los angeles.

over the years i had conversations with him about judaism and life and he was always so helpful, so patient and so kind.  i remember two occasions when i was under considerable stress and his supportive words were healing.

i always have been very conscious of my jewish traditions and very proud of it, even tho recently in the past 6 years have begun a process of teshuva.  as an artist(jazz musician) who's spiritually inclined, i was in communities of people where "acceptance" of other paths was the norm.  it never felt right to me to "accept" these paths, although i accepted some people as friends.  at one point this pressure of just "accepting" was becoming problematic and when i spoke to reb david i was so relieved when he got angry and expressed his frustration at how this often happens; and how wrong it is.

i was glad, vindicated and strengthened in my roots as a jew. yaaa!

his delightfully wry sense of humor and amazing openness have been so precious. no matter where i was as a person, i felt encouraged and validated. what a special gift!  there is a pasuk in tehilim(psalms) that says H" made my feet to stand in a broad place.  this is reb david.  "when my forebodings were abundant within me, your comforts cheered my soul"(ps. 94). this is rabbi david zeller!

all of us who knew him were very blessed indeed. may his soul have an aliyah and may his beautiful, loving, expansive,embracing and encouraging wisdom, the true wisdom of a chassidic rebbe...may it continue to help people. amen!

sincerely,

joshua spiegelman/yehoshua ben-moshe halevi

joshua spiegelman/yehoshua ben-moshe halevi
joshuasound1@hotmail.com

usa, galut

Sunday 17th of June 2007


I considered Reb Dovid my teacher and my friend. I have many poignant memories of him. One that is always with me and that I will remember forever concerns when I studied with Reb Dovid at Yakar. On many days, I would rush from my apartment to Yakar and as I was running up the stairs to the second floor, I would be greeted on the way up the stairs with the sound of his singing and his guitar. By the time I reached the top of the stairs, I would already be in another place - relaxed, more meditative and ready to sit and listen to his singing and then to the shiur. I first encountered Reb Dovid at a workshop in Boston and that meeting led me to learn about Yakar and then ultimately to move to the neighborhood by Yakar so that I could dovin there and learn with Reb Dovid. Many of my associations with Reb Dovid after this were in Boston. It is easy for me to reconnect with all of my memories of him and above all the sense of sweet profoundness that I always experienced with him. His insights and the quiet way he delivered them made each encounter with him a kind of spiritual tone poem. He opened doors for me to Hashem that I never could have imagined. The word "Ruach" captures at least some aspect of the experience. His Ruach - of his breath, words, music, spirit flowing so easily into what I imagine to be the Ruach of Hashem - a spiritual wind that softened my soul and helped to build my spiritual depth at the same time. All of this was part of my experience in knowing Reb. Dovid and more than that was simply the beauty of being in his company, experiencing the kind of human being he was, and knowing someone so reachable who at the same time walked with HaShem. His presence will always be with me and his memory will indeed be a blessing.

Barry Camson
BarSC@aol.com

USA

Sunday 17th of June 2007


About a year and a half ago, Rabbi David came to Passaic to do a "Taking Time Out for Your Soul" workshop.  David's songs and messages were so soothing to us all.  Although he had an agenda to cover, he gracfully switched gears, when he responded to the need of the women to simply talk about some of the stresses in their lives.  He gently guided the group discussion offering validation, as well as practical suggestions to help make our lives more fulfilling both spiritually and physically.
We hoped to have him back to Passaic one day. Now we will really need to meditate upon his messages and integrate them into our lives, in order to keep his beautiful messages alive.  Thank you David for touching our lives that evening.

Yocheved
samps@optonline.net

Sunday 17th of June 2007


David visited Portland Oregon two years ago.  I was lucky enough to be present
and have never forgotten what I felt that night and built upon since. It was wonderful


Bruce Banasky

Sunday 17th of June 2007


When my husband, Louis Gross, was dying nine years ago, 
one of his friends from Havurat Shalom brought a tape 
player and some tapes to his hospital room. One of the 
tapes was of music by David Zeller, and then I found two 
other tapes of David Zeller's songs among my husband's 
things after he died. I had never enountered the music before, 
but the songs have been very consoling to me in the years 
after my husband's death. I hope there's a lot of consolation for 
Rabbi Zeller's family, given how much comfort his work has 
given to others.

Patricia Gross

Sunday 17th of June 2007


Dear Beloved Family,
     My condolences on the passing of this most beautiful man, my friend, Reb David.
     Such a warm stream of feelings moves me.
     One little gem:  After David and Elaine's wedding, several days pass, and in the mail I received a photo from David, a bird's eye view of the whole crowded assemblage dancing and celebrating.  David had drawn a big arrow to one head top of a figure in the crowd.  "There you are, Marty," he wrote.  And sure enough, I could follow the arrow and make out my curly headed self.  This was David's sense of humor and his honoring of all beings.
     May he travel to the highest of realms, and may his family and all who knew him continue to feel him alive in our hearts.
                             Baruch Ha Shem,  Marty Gross

Marty Gross
marsharda@aol.com

USA

Sunday 17th of June 2007


To me, Reb David Zeller was a holy man who so beautifully radiated the healing light of Hashem. One summer I was a vendor at the CAJE conference. When I saw Reb. David at breakfast, I took the opportunity to sit with him. I had been a fan of his music for years. To me, the breakfast choices were too "white bready." But not to Reb David. He took from each of the fruits available and made a glorious fruit salad and pealed the grapefruit to make a lotus flower for the fruit seeds. I sat there amazed at the beauty of what he had created. It reminded me of the story of the student who went to sit at the feet of the Rebbi to watched how he tied his shoes. I had never really understood the profundity of that story until I sat at the table and watched the Rebbi eat breakfast with profound gratitude to the Creator and great delight. Of course, he had brought his Mama bread to enhance the meal. The Holy Reb. David taught us all so much and has left a legacy of love and healing for the world. We will all miss him greatly but he lives on in his music and the stories we delight in telling about him. I did sell his tapes at my booth at the conference with great pride.

Joy Gordon
joy@joyofstorytelling.com

United States

Sunday 17th of June 2007


You impacted my life and my heart with your warm gentle manner.  You lived what you taught and believed what you lived.    

Because of my brothers and friends, because of my sisters and friends, please let me ask, please let me say - peace be to you...   

I pray your rest in the house of the Lord and I wish the best for you.

Rabbi David, I will miss you.

Donna Chenot Smargon
rcvhh@aol.com

USA

Saturday 16th of June 2007


To the family of Rabbi David Zeller...........

I was so sad when hearing of his passing.  His singing was so comforting.  At my lowest point, he gave me hope.  I felt that he was a friend even though I had only met him a few times.  Please know that he will be missed.  

Alana Gordon
alanajoy13@comcast.net

United States

Friday 15th of June 2007


When Reb Dovid Zeller of blessed memory, would sing, it was as if he
were embraced by the Shecheinah, given to emanate the golden roseglow
of sunset from the sunrise of his neshama, already in harmony, the
kind of that was a gift to
grownups to reconnect with the just born in each of us.

Our Holy Brother was zocher to know, to have and to share that humming
sweet song that was woven out of the veil of vibration, of intimate
connectedness with, from and to the Source, Hashem.  I felt blessed to
have known him, and to have
been able to quietly join his internal song stretching into the realm
of sweet perfection, vibrating this veil, but never violating it.

I felt grateful to have his thoughts and his acknowledgement, to
explore a quiet knowing from the intellect as well as from the heart,
continuing the conversations, as if uninterrupted, with our beloved
Reb Shlomo Z"L.  To share ideas about the gift of learning, the gift
of music, the blessed gift of song, shir
lshirim. What it meant to ring true. How harmony is the perfect
metaphor for peace: how, the more we join in, cleaving to the same
Source, {paradoxically},
the more space there is for others.  How, technically and
inexplicably, the woman's voice could embrace but not touch, reveal,
but not expose; how the 'invisible mechitzah' between what we know and
what we think we know, what is
and what is implied, is both veil and great sail for our souls, held
by a mast, placed deep, so that the distant big strong sound can be
held, grounded into the very deepest allowing us to give over, to
deplane, fly free into the very highest and
sweetest place.

Seeing Reb Dovid Z"L was always with that special joy, expecially at
the Yarzeit gatherings for our sweetest and deepest Reb Shlomo Z"L ,
who shared this quiet deep Knowledge, encouraging, that as we live it,
so we understand it.

There are some few holy singers of the song, with whom I have been
able to articulate these thoughts, express these ideas, and, fewer who
so warmly, sweetly and deeply have given space, song for this
exploration, as with our holy departed
brothers. Who realized that even as the cleaving becomes more
stringent, more exacting, more pure, so it becomes more able to
support and nurture and harmonize with all voices, who just want to be
in harmony.

I thank these tzadikkim who were imbued with and kindly shared the
power of Halacha, of cleaving to Torah, and invited us all in, who,
when others gave up, held to that golden thread that we may 'see' only
when it is vibrating with sound,
or light reflecting off its length, and in this smallest, most
delicate, and intimate way connect us each and all with the Greatest,
Infinite and Everlasting.

May you always be in our prayers, with humble gratitude.

 rae  'man
Keren Adam


Keren Adam (Dr. Rae 'man)

Thursday 14th of June 2007


I was very sorry to hear what happenned. Please receive my love and condolecence, I will always remember his singing from the years 1970's until now.
AnaLia

AnaLiaMagen Schlyfestone
daba@netvision.net.il

Israel/U.S.A

Thursday 14th of June 2007


To the Zeller family

A few days a go we received the painful news about the passing of our most sweet 
and dear Friend Rabbi David Zeller.
We share your grieve, and pray that you'll find the strength to withstand this  
hour of trial. Please remember that you are always in our heart and that our door is always
open.

There are no words in this world that can describe the pain or heal it, and still we 
will try to write that which words can not express.

For us Rabbi David Zeller was and still is a real man of God who went beyond 
the diversity of religion, race and creed. From his earnest attempt to live in
"Shiviti" (equal vision) he brought inspiration, condolence, healing powers and
faith to all those around him.
Always humble, always kind, always attentive and ready to reach out and help,
this is how we will always remember him.
His thrilling voice, his singing sometimes slow & contemplative and sometime joyous 
but always, always sacred, all these are engraved deep in our heart.

Blessed be his memory

Swami Swaroopananda
Swami Prema Swaroopananda
All the staff of the Sivananda center

Doron
telaviv@sivananda.org

Israel

Thursday 14th of June 2007


i had the honor and privilege of studying with rabbi david zeller in the eighties. i took two classes from him in california and learned much.  i came to the site today to find his chanting.  my old cassette tapes need to be replaced after these 25 years. bless him and bless his memories.  may the angels hold us all.

mindy cowan
mindycowan@hotmail.com

united states

Wednesday 13th of June 2007


My heartfelt condolences to the entire Zeller family.  Reb David helped my mother through the very painful loss of my father 12 years ago.  He was a very special man who always reminded us that "everybodies got to have them some happies", and for this and his friendship to my mother, I am eternally grateful. Hamakom Yinachem Etchem B'toch Shaar Avalai tzion V'Yerushaliayim

Roni Sacharow Shetrit
rshetrit@yahoo.com

USA

Wednesday 13th of June 2007


I am saddened to learn of Rabbi David Zeller's passing.  His mother, the late Lore Zeller, was instrumental in introducing me to his work.  I was privileged to meet and hear him at the C.G. Jung Center in Los Angeles some 25 years ago.  My wife Shirley and I drove to San Diego to hear a second performance.  His music and teachings are truly memorable.  My best wishes to Rabbi Zeller's wife and children in Israel.

Don Pool
Buddha38@aol.com

United States

Tuesday 12th of June 2007


Dear Chana Sara and family,

We were very sad to hear of R. Dovid's passing. He was a guide and an inspiration to me at an important time. When I first came to yeshiva in Efrat full of ideas that Judaism was a path to spiritual enlightenment, he patiently validated these notions and gently pointed the way to a deeper way of undertanding them. 

We have grateful, happy memories of how he came up and played a song set at our wedding with ein sofek, an act of spontaneous generosity that was m'sameakh hatan v'kallah.

We wish you comfort and healing from knowing how deeply he touched and inspired many many spiritual seekers .

Julian and Yaffa Sinclair.

Tuesday 12th of June 2007


My mind can't understand that you have gone, while I am still listening at your voice echoing in me. 
May our hearts find the meeting point.
I send my gratitude for your existence and the opportunity I had to know you, 
and I send my respect and my embrace to Sarah and those who will miss you.
Azima
Munich, Germany

Azima

Tuesday 12th of June 2007


My sincere condolences go out to R. Dovid's family and dear ones. Although I had loved his melodies and heard him sing over the years, I had the great privilege of meeting him personally just last year at the dialogue on spiritual care in Jerusalem. I was so touched by his unique combination of zisskeit (sweetness) and hochmah (wisdom). 

May his memory ever bring blessing and inspiration.

Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman

USA

Tuesday 12th of June 2007


I had the great good fortune to attend a number of sessions with Rabbi David Zeller at Association for Humanistic Psychology meetings and some other events.  I had the chance to talk with him and to be in his presence.  His beautiful spirit was so evident and so present in those spaces and created safety and a communication channel for the love and acceptance that is in every heart, however hidden.

He brought such goodness, chain and chesed into the world and, through his memory and his songs, it will remain a force for good.

May his memory always be for a blessing.

Hanoch McCarty
hanochmccarty@yahoo.com

US

Monday 11th of June 2007


I've known David since our days together at Pomona College. My fondest memories of him are all wrapped up in music: David as the stalwart first tenor in the Blue and White Quartet, David as the impresario of many campus music festivals, David wandering the campus and singing into the wee hours of the morning when Shlomo came to town.

It was a wonderful thing to be in the same space with him, even back then when we were all seekers at random together.  It was also wonderful to see him rediscover his Jewish roots, which were deeper than mine, and to take his quest to a whole new place and a marvelous life.  I hope he was as happy with his fate as he seemed to be.  He was a great friend, even at a great distance; the kind of friend with whom I could take up the thread of a conversation we'd had ten years previous and have it seem as if it had been just yesterday.  I'll miss him, and I regret that I never managed to visit him in Jerusalem.  I can't help but think that, wherever he is now, he's singing and smiling his little smile.

Paul Scharf
p.scharf@verizon.net

USA

Monday 11th of June 2007


Dear Hannah Sara,  I never met your husband personally.  My first meeting with him was after you gave me his name to say Tehillim for his refuah.  Your eyes were so sad.  I knew it was bad.  I didn't ask further.  I had a 10 page list of names to read off every day until & including shavuos.  Every time I got to Dovid's name, I saw your eyes.  the first time I included his name, I felt the need to add the word 'yeshuos' to the 'refuah shlaima' you'd given me.  Chaim David & Penny's daughter, Shifra was at our house the shabbos directly after your husband was niftar.  She received a call from her parents w/the news just after the levaya.  It took a minute or 2 for me to put together that this was someone I'd been davening for.  My first thought was that Hashem knows best which yeshuos we really need.  Who are we to understand?  I wanted to come to be menachem aveilim - insecurity kept me away.  I'm sorry.  Please accept my tanchumim at this time.  May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Tziyon and may you and your family know no more sorrow.  May Hashem grant you strength and fortitude at this difficult time.  May you feel love and support from all those around you.  and May you maintain the constant understanding  that Hashem is at your side, w/in and around you at all times holding you close and watching out for you, your family and your husband's holy neshama.Blessings, Marilyn Tokayer

marilyn tokayer
marilyn@marmoda.com

Monday 11th of June 2007


A tender soul arose in world, shining his warm rays on all close and far beings. David was his name, but boundless space was his nature. Freedom was his love, his love was his freedom. We won't miss you, for your gracious smile is forever in our heart. We wish to your family force, trust and clarity for overwhelming your physical absence. We are sure you will continue, as always, to guide and protect them. Dear David, we love you.

Jean-Marc Mantel
jm@mantel1.fr

France

Saturday 09th of June 2007


J'ai rencontr David au cours d'un sminaire de communication en 1995  Montral.J'ai normment apprci la bont et la gentillesse qu'il dgageait et son humour.C'tait un homme sensible et gnreux et je suis profondment attrist par la nouvelle de sa mort.Je viens adresser mes condolances  sa famille et  tous ses proches. Je garderai son souvenir au plus profond de mon coeur et sa musique perptuera sa mmoire.

Daniel Cartalade
daniel.cartalade@tiscali.fr

France

Saturday 09th of June 2007


to zeller family. i am sending my condolenses of the passing away of  rabby david szeller.
i heard about rabby david zeller ,his great soul ,his open heart and love to all ,i share your grief. as a sai  baba devotee i heard that he was choosen by baba to represent judaizm in its  beautifull sense and was loved by baba so dearly and colsely. the evening that was given in his honor in ein hod  was full of love.
be well

rivka krischer prlrd
rivkakp@walla.com

israel

Saturday 09th of June 2007


   
            
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rivkakp@walla.com

israel

Saturday 09th of June 2007


Gratefull for the time listening his songs and stories I wish the best for him.

Regina Boger
reginaboger@gmx.de

Germany

Friday 08th of June 2007


Hi
I just heard about Dovida's passing and I am shocked, what happened, anyway, it's Don slovin here, I don't know if you will remember me I was just one of many in the scene, playing at yakar with Shlomo and the coffe house downstairs, I think Ami ran it at the time. I probably child cared or clowned for the Zeller kids somewhere along the way. and, 
I went to many a social event. and some teachings.  If it is in your ability to do so, and I certainly don't have the chutzpah to say I know, I will continue talking to his spirit and cncourage all to do so, that is if it's in your mida to do so.
love,
don

donslovin
donslovin@yahoo.com

usa

Wednesday 06th of June 2007


Stunned and saddened by this news and so grateful for the limited contact I'd had with him while studying in Yerushalayim. He made such an impression on me. 

Jeff Huberman
jeffhuberman@yahoo.com

Canada

Tuesday 05th of June 2007


Thinking of Rab David Zeller so many songs come to my mind that always make my heart quiet and light.... memories of days in the Alps Camp of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan.... listening to his and Atum O'Kane's lectures .... beeing carried through difficult days in my life through warmhearted melodies and loving songs, sharing thoughts with his wife (Sarah ?).... I will now get my cassettes with his songs out of the drawer and listening to them light a candle .... in gratefulness. 

Margarethe Hubauer
mhubauer@margarethe.de

Germany

Tuesday 05th of June 2007


The following is part of the announcement of David's passing I sent out to the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology community.

David was at ITP from the beginning. He worked as full time associate director beginning in 1975, and took no salary that first year, because there was virtually no money beyond expenses and instructors’ salaries. So David agreed to work full time for nothing the first year in expectation that our enrollment would double and we could pay him a regular salary the second year, which we did. David supported himself by giving talks and workshops and making available his first music tape, by donation.

 
David had a beautiful, clear, pure voice. He had a wonderful repertoire of spiritual songs from around the world, and he was never without his guitar. I particularly remember his leading us in “Tis a Gift to be Simple,” an old Quaker hymn. We began virtually all our community meetings and events with David leading us in song. He was invaluable in helping to keep spirit alive at ITP in our early years.


David was a great gift to ITP and I know that all of us who had the privilege of being with him during that time remember him with great fondness and mourn his passing.
 


 

Bob Frager, Founding President ITP
rfrager@itp.edu

USA

Tuesday 05th of June 2007


My condolence to David's family and friends.  It saddens me that I didn't get to know or meet David though I am blessed to have just heard David Zeller speak on Light Unto the Nations.  His message touches my soul and inspires me to be who I am and connect with others to encourage them to be the best  God has created them to be especially my brother Ken.  I give thanks to God for connecting me with Ari and Jerramy (Light Unto the Nations) through Belinda and Jeff Lams thus to David Zeller.  Blessings

Kristi White
kwhite321@hotmail.com

USA

Tuesday 05th of June 2007


I never actually met Rabbi David Zeller. His son Mordechai was a tour guide for my senior class trip to Israel and we all loved his stories, songs, and teachings over this past month. I told myself that if I were in Israel next year, I just had to meet his father. It seemed very likely that Mordechai's openness, warmth, and wealth of Jewish knowledge may have been encouraged by Rabbi David's way of life. After reading about the Rabbi here, I see that I thought correctly. What a loss for us all...what a special person. To Mordechai and family - myself and my classmates stand with you and love you so much, not just in this very difficult time but always. 

Love, 

Molly E. Mardit and The Frankel Jewish Academy Senior Class of 2007  

Molly Elizabeth Mardit
Muffy204@aol.com

USA

Monday 04th of June 2007


Dearest Mordechai and family; words sometimes can't convey or properly express nechama for your loss...Knowing that so many people were touched by your father in so many ways provides some nechama and consolation;thinking of you all

Michael & Cindy Levy

Efrat

Monday 04th of June 2007


I was sad to hear of Reb Dovid Zeller's illness and subsequent death. I so enjoyed his workshops and sweet house concerts, when he visited the Boston area in March, for a number of years.  His teachings were mesmerizing, and I will always be able to hear him saying 'worlds within worlds within worlds,' as he connected mind, thought, emotion and spirit.  His sweet spirit will always be with us. 

Lois Pia Rosenfeld

Monday 04th of June 2007


I have known David Zeller for thirty years. He was my beloved Brother in law. From the very beginning, he took me in and treated me like family and from our first meeting on, I always felt like sister to him. He always gave of him self completely to others around him. I remember when my own mother died. I drove David to Logan airport. He cried like a baby in my arms because he was heart broken that he was not there for us as a teacher and as a Rabbi when my mother had passed. I assured him that at times, I could be his support.
David loved my sister completely and was a good husband to her and he was a devoted father while bringing up their children. I always respected and loved David for who he was--a fine human being. He will be missed. Love forever, Karen

Karen H Stone

Monday 04th of June 2007


I have known David Zeller for thirty years. He was my beloved Brother in law. From the very beginning, he took me in and treated me like family and from our first meeting on, I always felt like sister to him. He always gave of him self completely to others around him. I remember when my own mother died. I drove David to Logan airport. He cried like a baby in my arms because he was heart broken that he was not there for us as a teacher and as a Rabbi when my mother had passed. I assured him that at times, I could be his support.
David loved my sister completely and was a good husband to her and he was a devoted father while bringing up their children. I always respected and loved David for who he was--a fine human being. He will be missed. Love forever, Karen

Karen H Stone

Monday 04th of June 2007


I had the honor to study with R' David at Elat Chayyim. His beautiful soul and deep teachings will keep me in touch with him through the gilgul.

Judith Stoloff
shiviti@earthlink.net

USA

Monday 04th of June 2007


I have known Rabbi David since I was a little girl. His parents and my grandparents were lifelong friends. I reconnected with him a few years ago here in Raleigh, NC. How familiar he was, and what a gift it was to meet him again and exchange stories about our quirkly Jungian-Jewish-German-immigrant families. He met my husband and daughter too, and they were immediately drawn to him. He looked so frail when he visited Raleigh a few months ago. I wish I hadn't been so polite and had asked more questions. The world seems a lot emptier without him in it. Goodbye, sweet friend.

Janet, Ken and Rebecca Silber-Cory, Raleigh, NC

Janet Silber
jvsilbear@yahoo.com

USA

Sunday 03rd of June 2007


Rabbi David Zeller was and always will be the best friend I have ever had.  Sharing thoughts and prayers, kind words and lots of laughter with him  just skim the surface of what I already miss. His love of God, his beautiful wife and children, his dear friends, and Israel. I love you David, I always will and I miss you so very much.  Your soul will dance with God's love, David. You'll be studying with all of your mentors again.

I love you,
Judy

Judy Fox
studiojinterios@aol.com

United States

Saturday 02nd of June 2007


...and then there was the quick and gentle humor of the man.  

    A memory from RUACH, the year after our beloved Reb Shlomo "crossed the room" ...   It was all so hard for us, not knowing where to turn and how to continue.  
    A strong debate arose, that was tearing at our broken hearts.  The issue ?  Kol Isha, of course. Should Neshamaleh be allowed to sing ?  IS it okay through a microphone ? Is it okay, if she's singing with others ? Is it okay, if she can't be seen ? (sigh) And there were fine people, poskuning on both (all) sides of the issue. 
    Someone said that it wasn't just the visual image.  Even if the words are holy, the very sound of the female voice singing could lead the mind astray. 
     "Ah. If it's the high pitched range of the singing voice" interjected Dovid Zeller.  "we'd better take all of MY tapes off the market!"
     As our holy Carlebach minyan slowly reconvenes in Ha Shamayim, it will be Dovid Zeller's "Let Go", that helps us through the holy transition.   Love you all and forever !

Dvorah-Leah

Friday 01st of June 2007


In deep greatfullness for the beautiful way he touched my heart with his music, mine, and that of many around me for whom I played his c.d.'s. I have a warm memorie of the concert he gave, not so long ago, in Center De Kleine Swaen in Amsterdam, where he won the hearts of all being there.
May his soul rest in peace.

Cora Slieker
slieker@biorelease.net

Netherlands

Friday 01st of June 2007


Amen.
May his kind and gentle soul be held in the heart of the Lovingkindness that comforts all who mourn him.

Steve and Catherine Klatzker
us@klatzker.com

USA

Thursday 31st of May 2007


Dearest Chana Sara, Mordechai, Esther, Monya and Mira,

Both Shalom and I were devestated to hear about the passing of David. We haven't stopped thinking and speaking about him since we heard the news. We're on Maui right now, or we would have been there with you. I can see him so clearly in my mind's eye, laughing, teaching, praying, singing. I realized how often our lives crossed over the years. I remember when he first came to the Israel and lived on the moshav when all the kids were little. I remember going to him as a therapist after my divorce from Yankala. I remember five years in a row at Boombamela, waking up early in the morning and running into David and both us complaining to each other how we swore we weren't going to come again and here we were. I remember going to David's meditation classes at Yakar and finally understanding his music. That it was music to mediatate to!! And going on retreat with him and the Yakar family. And most of all, I remember our classes together with Sara Yehudit and Avraham Sutton at Yakar and David's valuable, interesting and amazing insights that he would share with the class. 

What an extraordinary, gentle soul he was and we were all so blessed by his presence here and how keenly we all feel his absence! I am so happy that Shalom and I were able to come and visit with you, Chana Sara and David, before we left Israel for Hawaii. And we are so sorry for your loss. We are sending you all of our love and heartfelt prayers. May Hashem comfort you in your pain.

Bracha and Shalom Schwarz
shalom_schwarz@yahoo.com

Israel

Thursday 31st of May 2007


In deepest sorrow and RU...ACH we miss you, our sweetest friend.

Evelyn S. and Alan A.

Boston Massachusetts USA

Thursday 31st of May 2007


My rebbetzin Shira and I wish all Rav Dovid's family a chayyim arukim on his loss. His influence on the Jewish world is his memorial. He fanned a thousand sparks into flames and we were inspired and encouraged when we met him at Limmud some 9 years ago. May his dear soul rest in peace.

Rabbi Zvi Solomons
RabbiZvi@princesroad.org

England

Thursday 31st of May 2007


To the family and the extended family(all who knew and loved) Rabbi David,
Just looking at his sweet face on my screen, brings back so many loving and illuminating moments spent listening to David teach, tell his stories and most of all sing us all into a taste of shamayim.  Rabbi David played a big role in my love of Yiddishkeit.  He touched my soul, and my heart and my mind.  He will live on within so many lives influenced by his wisdom and gentleness.  
Reb Dovid-may you sing to the angels and send your love down to all of us who miss you.  

simma kinderlehrer
simmakinder@hotmail.com

USA

Thursday 31st of May 2007


I met Reb Dovid a number of years ago at a Carlebach Shabbaton in Brookline with the Schafers I believe. I was touched, moved, and inspired by his presence, Torah and stories. I finally went to hear him sing, play, and speak here in the Holy Land last year when he introduced his new book at the Pomerantz bookstore in Y'm. It was a rainy Motzei Shabbos. I had a few personal moments with him afterwards where we shared a few things, I introduced myself to him, and we just talked. He was very ZIS and that stuck with me. He is part of my circle of friends, teachers, and mentors, so even before meeting him, I felt as if I already knew him. Meeting him made it that much more real and it was everything I expected and even more. I was honored to be at a workshop with him before last Rosh Hashana where many of us got to share, talk, and do inner work together. Again I was touched, especially by his deepness, inner joy, and simplicity. I am VERY glad that he was there and that I got to spend whatever little time we did together, even in sharing a ride back to town afterwards with common chevra. I so much wanted to get to know him more. I miss him very much and only hope and know that as much healing as he brought to the world, he will bring even more to it now.

Reb Dovid, our friendship was recent and brief but I felt kindered with you and you helped bring me light when I was down and really needed it.

Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Shar Avaylay Tzion V'Yerushalayim. May you find consolation and know no more pain, and find only joy in life's beautiful moments.

KT+ZG

Micha Braun

Micha Braun
MichaMochab@aol.com

Israel

Thursday 31st of May 2007


  . ." because of my brothers and friends . . because of my sisters and friends"  . . . may your music be a comfort and a blessing to your loved ones worldwide. 

mia beth cohen

Thursday 31st of May 2007


  . ." because of my brothers and friends . . because of my sisters and friends"  . . . may your music be a comfort and a blessing to your loved ones worldwide. 

mia beth cohen
miacohen5@yahoo.com

usa

Thursday 31st of May 2007


        


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Aryeh Geller

Thursday 31st of May 2007


David-My Brother

I heard about your dying on Friday evening, late night,
 on the road, after playing a gig in Seattle, headed for
 Port Townsend, Washington, Randy called me and told 
me.   Waiting for the time when I got home. I played well.
 I did a little tribute to you  at an Arts Festival gig. I sang 
The Blues my Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me, Jug Band Music,
 and My Creole Belle, and told the about you. I didn?t lose
 it onstage, so I figured you were there to help me with that.

And now, home, off the road, done with my job for a few
 days, it is the time to let all this flow over me.

So I'm writing you a letter. 

I think it?s going to be a long letter, at least for me. 
And I'm going to send it to a message/ memories/
 condolences site  they?ve set up for you because, 
it seems like a good place to send it. I hope they 
won't mind that it's so long. I'm sensitive that way, as you know.

But I just need to talk to you David.  Talk a little
 about how we knew each other. Bits and pieces 
from when we made a lot of music together. Stories 
I tell myself about the music we shared, about some 
of our times together. Nothing earth shaking, memories
 of a long true friend and brother. I?ll write, and cry 
and smile and laugh, and probably drink a little bit 
too much wine, and sing old songs we shared. Important,
 real songs, folk songs that helped us each on our very different ways.  

So, here goes:

Dear David,

I've known you a long time. Longer than most. 
Since 9th grade, 1961-62, in there.   I'd asked 
my Dad to teach me how to box, since he'd been
 a boxer in college, and, as was his nature, he
 hired somebody to, once a week, teach  me and
 my brother and a few other boys how to box. That's 
where I first met you. Boxing lessons. The fact that
 you were in this "class" was even more ludicrous 
than the fact that I was in the class. I was just trying 
to get close to my dad.

Of course, our parents already had known each other
 for a few years before you and I met. Your Dad was 
my Mother's first shrink.   

I know by 61-62 I was already getting into folk
 music, Kingston Trio,
The Limelighters, pre Peter Paul and Mary stuff. 
I assume you were too, since you had an older
 brother in college where the 60s
pre-hippie folk music thing was happening. But,
 I don't remember if we ever connected on that 
level back in our boxing days.

But, boxing ended, and, we weren't in the same
 school circles, in LA, and then my family moved 
away, eventually ending up in New York City. 

The next time I saw you was in the fall of 1964. 
Your mom drove us from LA out to Claremont, 
California, luggage, guitars, banjos, vinyl folk 
records in hand, to be freshman together at Pomona College. 

Well, we'd discovered we shared a love of all things
 folk, and, besides doing college, just played music 
all the time. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul 
and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Jean Ritchie, on and on. 

And we had friends, fellow folkies and we played songs
 together. That was the folk scene then, a Washington 
Square mentality where everybody just banged along 
on guitars and you traded verses around and sang the 
hell out of the chorus. Randy Craig, Peter Lackner, Judy 
Corrington, other faces I still see with names I can't remember. 
Singing all night long, "And I don't give a damn about a 
Greenback Dollar", "I was born in East Virginia," "Wake up, 
wake up, Darlin' Corey", "Follow the Drinkin'' Gourd" "This
 Land Is Your Land", "Deportees", "Blowin'' in the Wind"
 "Michael Row the Boat Ashore". So many great songs. 

We were both being rebels, of course. From the establishment,
 from our families. This was pre-hippie. This is when
 the Beats were the underground for white kids from  middle class LA. 
Folk music was cool

You told me, years later, about how you knew you were
 running from Judaism and, indeed, from your Jewishness
 as something that defined you. You always laughed 
about the irony of ending up where you did. 

My Freshman year I was the junior member in a jug band,
 The Mable Shaw Bridges Memorial Skiffle Society (MSBMSS) 
at Pomona. In 1964-65, being in a jug band was very hip.
 It is with college kids again right now, but that?s another story.

Two years later , in '66, I reconstituted the band. I'd had
 a vision of this band somewhere in the south of France, 
bombing along on a summer vacation trip with Randy 
in a '61 VW bug that had taken us on many adventures 
and was, unbeknownst to us, getting ready to throw a 
rod and cease to run somewhere in Belgium.

Anyway, in a cramped vision in the VW, I saw the new,
 reconstituted MSBMSS. It included- 
Me: guitar, banjo, harmonica 
Randy: washboard, mandolin.
George Lindelof (also veteran of the "original" MSBMSS): Jug, washboard.
Peter Lackner: guitar.
 Mary Levy : tambourine. 
And you, David Zeller: mostly kazoo. 
All of us would sing. Except, of course, George.

When I told you that you would be playing kazoo, you 
said, quite practically, "But I don't know how to play the 
kazoo!" "That's all right," I said, "Randy doesn't know how 
to play the washboard, or the mandolin." The truth was, 
David, I gave you the kazoo chores because I never could play
 the thing myself. But, the truth isyou were in the band because 
of our folk music friendship, weird family connections, and the 
warm spirit and joy you put out to people (on and off stage), and
 because you were just a beautiful, soulful singer.

And that's how the band came together. We played together 
most of our junior and senior years at Pomona.

Now, there were a thousand moments I remember in our 
friendship. Quiet times, painful times, growing and learning
 times that we shared that fill out this picture, the everyday, 
but here are some of the more public memories I have of you,
 jug band and otherwise, from our times together back then: 

I remember a sit-in for a civil rights issue at the Federal Building 
in downtown LA, circa '64. There was a serious possibility of 
getting arrested (we didn't). I remember us all singing "We Shall
 Not Be Moved." and I remember you and I sharing about how 
scared were afterwards.

I remember a gig you got the jug band. You got it through 
some students you'd been tutoring at the high school in
 Riverside. The gig was at the High School?s Graduation 
Prom. Everyone was dressed to the nines. The boys in 
rented tuxes, and the girls in gorgeous prom dresses.  
I still remember the looks of horror on the chaperones 
faces when my white van pulled up and out poured a scruffy 
bunch of College Students! With bright colored shirts, and
 (gasp) sideburns! Not to mention, banjos, guitars, a washtub 
bass, a jug, kazoos, washboards, and, I believe, that night, 
a tuba. But a good time was had by all. Incidentally, David,
 I don't think I ever told you that the fa?ade of that hotel, 
where we did that gig, was later used on the cover of the 
Eagles Hotel California album.

I remember, during one antiwar (Vietnam) march that you helped organise, 
people occupied the ROTC building at Pomona and subsequently, 
for no real reason, except that it was hip to do at the time, just
 trashed the place. I remember how upset you were by that kind
 of silly, stupid violence. As a peaceful, nonviolent man, and as
 one who acted as a leader, you were saddened and embarrassed by it.

I also remember another time, in '67 or '68, when the President 
of Pomona called you into a secret meeting before an anti Vietnam 
war rally was about to begin on campus. You were one of the 
political/ spiritual  leaders at Pomona at the time, although I never
 remember any pictures you in the paper. You worked more quietly. 

 I went along with you to the meeting. It was all very hush hush.
 It turned out that the powers that be had heard that some of
 the organizers of the rally had in mind serious disruption, 
violence, seizing the College, and confrontations with the 
police. This was not unrealistic back then. You could see the
 fear in there faces as they talked. They asked you to , please, 
help and try to stop any violence that was planned.

The fact was, nothing like they feared was planned. Nothing like
 that was going to happen. It was going to be a peaceful event. 
We knew that. The rumors of violence were a complete surprise
 us. But, with a seriously, Sufi trickster, straight face, you promised
 to help and said you would see what you could do. There was
 no violence, even with the cops standing there looking for a f
ight. The point of course is that, threat or no threat, it was you 
they approached, my friend. You were already on your path of real, 
effective, love. 

I was also there when you helped "liberate" a concert at a Love-In 
at Pomona. The Youngbloods and Eric Burden were playing. It was 
one of those '68 Love-in kind of things, and "revolutionaries" where 
going to tear down the fences and "free": the festival for the "people".
 Along with the more serious work, this sort ?Revolution? was going 
around  among college kids riding on deferments from the draft. 

Now, overrunning fences is always a messy business, and on that day,
 being the spokesman for the people,  talking with Jesse Colin Young 
and figuring something out, as silly as the event may sound now, on 
that day, by your actions, you probably did actually avoid bloodshed 
and useless pain.

I remember you coming to a Halloween party as Bilbo Baggins, with Spock
 ears and hair glued on your bare feet. I hadn't read the book, and 
had no idea what a Hobbit was. 

You made a bumper sticker once, when you were at The School of 
Transpersonal Psychology. It said, "Put the Elf back in Self."

And then there was the day you brought your teacher, Rabbi 
Schlomo  to Pomona. Such a day. We were a mixed bag of 
spiritual paths, there were what, it seemed like a hundred
 of us. Of course, we danced all day, and half the night, 
and Reb Schlomo talked to us, and we ended up at a huge 
bonfire out in the campus wild lands they called The Wash, 
crying and laughing and dancing, and being one with each 
other and the universe.   I've always wanted to thank, especially, 
for that day.

The summer after college. I started street singing and traveling
 the west coast, and you were, I believe, Alan Watt's chauffer/ 
secretary. In the next few years we went our ways, always 
staying in touch, connecting when we could. Once, in '71 or so, 
you called me and asked me if I wanted to hitch from Israel to 
India with you playing music to make our way. I have always 
regretted that I didn't take you up on that.

So you went to India. Passing through Woody Guthrie and Zen
 to Hinduism, and so much more on your way back to Judaism, 
to Israel, and your home. Oh my, David, you did some beautiful
 work, created some beautiful, enduring, things, touched so 
many people, brought so much joy to this life, so much to 
the table.  Suffice it to say I will miss your laugh, your quietness, 
you smile, and that unbelievable twinkle in your eye.

But I will also miss the seriousness you had about serious matters. 

On Reb Schlomo's site (http://rebshlomo.org/) there is a wonderful 
memorial to you, and a photo of you playing backup guitar for Schlomo.
 I have no idea when it was, but it was a while ago. In that picture I 
see that seriousness I'm talking about. You are so focused. After all, 
you're the backup guitarist! That's not an easy gig.

When I look at you in that photo, what I see is a musician  who's 
not just looking at what chords the singer is going to play next, 
but looking at all of him, working to really be with him, in the 
moment, while he's being the song.You see it in your eyes,
 David, in the attitude of your body. You are seeing Schlomo's  guitar,
 his "presence", how the Spirit is moving through him in this particular 
song. Your looking at his eyes and his strings,  really hearing the
 music, feeling the chords. And you are doing this work with
 concentration and passion, feeding and enhancing the subtleties 
of the changes, the simple chords and the incredible, subtle 
rhythms that Reb Schlomo is creating with his voice and instrument. 
Being Schlomo?s sideman is  no mean feat. That concentration is
 all there, in the photo. You can see it in your eyes, David. So 
unselfishly intense. And so human, open and real. 

A quick word about your hands, man, one guitar player to another. 
I always thought you really had great guitar players hands. You can
 see your left hand clearly in the photo. You're playing a D chord, 
maybe an A7. You had Robert Johnson fingers, not like my meat 
hooks. And you always had, even when we were both young and 
didn't really know what we were doing, you always had the lightest 
touch when you made your chords. It was so cool. You can see that 
in the photo too.

We hardly saw each other in the last 20+ years. We were both 
performers in our way, going to do our work when others were
 not working, a lot of travel, never, it seemed to the same places
 at the same time. But we talked every so often, mostly about
 family, but also swapping lies about the jug band days, and 
laughing.

 I talked to you a week before you died. I'm glad I have the 
sound your voice still fresh in my heart. It seems to help me. 
Make this a little easier. 

The day you sent me the first e-mail about illness, I downloaded 
a photo of your beautiful self, smiling and playing the guitar, 
onto my screen saver, and I sat with you and sang old tunes we
 used to do, songs that healed hearts and eased souls and made 
spirits smile. You know something about those kinds of songs. 

And so, with me playing my old black Gibson and you, in the 
photo, playing that funky old nylon string guitar you always 
seemed to have, I sang a Hoyt Axton song you taught me a 
long time ago, and imagined you  singing the harmony part.:


"I love to sing
I love to sing
And I sometimes wonder
Why not let go?
Why not let go?
In the early morning?
And in the evening,
Why not let go?

Oh, well, I'm crazy,
Oh, yes I'm crazy.
Yes, I'm crazy
But it's all right.
Because I love you.
Oh yes I love you
You know I love you
Why not let go?"


 
You did well, my friend. I'll miss you.
G-d bless you
Walker

Walker T Ryan
wtr@walkertryan.com

Thursday 31st of May 2007


Dear David: In 1976 you became my mentor, my touch stone. You guided me for two years of intensive work at the Transpersonal Institute. We sang together and cried together. When I asked you to preside over my marrige in 1984, after you became a Rabbi you said no, you could not because you had taken vows and I was not Jewish,our hearts were heavy. We took a long walk together, we cried and laughed again, talking through our circumstances. The last time I saw you was in mid 90's at a Transpersonel conference at Asilomar, we walked on the beach, cried and laughed yet again. My heart is full of love and I will always carry you close to me, as I always have. I send my condolences and love to your family whom I have never met yet death can take a life but it cannot take the relationship and for this I am eternally grateful to you David, today and for a while I will be mostly crying....Mark 

Mark. Collin
mark3600@aol.com

Sebastopol,California

Thursday 31st of May 2007


"......and who is this aliveness I am?.........."

I've worn out one of the cassettes in the "Tree of Life" from listening to it so much....


your spark will live in my heart

thank you

shalom



Mark Reinheimer
dununba@yahoo.com

USA

Thursday 31st of May 2007


Over thirty years ago I met David Zeller at a Humanistic Psychology conference in San Diego. He was manning a table with information about a new graduate school of psychology that had just opened its doors a few months earlier. I had seen David at other conferences telling mystical stories and leading the attendees in songs and chants. David's boyish, yet charismatic, character was my initial attraction to the information table, but upon viewing the material he was sharing, the concept of the school became my focus. I was ready for a new direction in my life, so I asked David where this unusual school was located. When he answered "Menlo Park, California." I was pleasantly surprised. I told him that I could easily bike to the school from my home in Palo Alto.

Three months later, I was in the basement of the Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park helping paint the school's new dojo, classrooms and offices. I started my PhD work there two weeks later. David was co-director of the school and an inspirational teacher and spiritual leader of the school. It was my entrance into this spiritual community that helped shape my life and thought, an influence that I feel to this day.

A year later, our community hosted David's wedding to Elaine on the beautiful grounds of Vallombrosa. The ceremony was deeply moving and joyful. It was profoundly difficult to express the collective sadness that our community felt just two years later when Elaine passed on. Although David went on to become became a rabbi and an internationally-known speaker, writer and singer who taught unceasingly around the world, he must have carried an enormous burden of grief.

Two days ago, Rabbi David Zeller passed away. Today, as I listened to David singing "This Too Will Pass" and "I am Alive" on David's website and read his eulogy on Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's website, I felt as though I had been swept back to a time in 1976, listening to David uplift the academic community at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. This time though, the words in his song, "But who am ?" and what is "alive?" gave me even greater pause. Here I am listening to a person who had just passed away, singing "I am alive" and he, at the same time, is imploring the listener to go deep within and touch the spiritual "I" and experience the eternal "alive." Even from the grave Rabbi David Zeller was teaching. It was his calling to teach from the heart and to recognize that on earth, all things do pass, yet in the soul all things remain eternally alive. David's soul will always be very much alive.

I hope that you had the pleasure to know David or to hear him tell stories and sing. If not, you can read his words and listen to his recorded songs. He was a blessing to the universe, and I will miss him.


Gary Bacon

Thursday 31st of May 2007


I will always remember Reb Dovid greeting us with such lovingkindness and even joy [never despair!] at seeing us at that most terrible moment when we arrived at the airport 12 and a half years ago after riding shomer overnight from JFK with our Rebbe Reb Shlomo.  He had a schoolbus waiting for us around the back of the old main terminal to take us to the Moshav and then to the levaya [and after to yakar].  I remember feeling so strongly, probably at Reb Dovid's suggestion, how happy i was to be back in the bright morning sunshine of eretz yisrael, exactly as Shlomo wanted.  In the land of Abraham, an unforgettable lesson in hachnosos orchim and chesed shel emes on the deepest levels.

May all his family, loved ones and chevra be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem!

Daniel Goldschmidt
amshinov@yahoo.com

United States of America

Wednesday 30th of May 2007


(This is a selected quote from an e-mail sent yesterday to some friends describing the Shiva at the Zeller's home...I had also brought a copy of Reb Dovid's recent book: THE SOUL OF THE STORY, which he had autographed for me at his last public appearance where he received the award for being the "RoehShepherd" for the nascent Spiritual Care Movement in Israel)

A few days ago,(Monday, May 29.'07), I made a shiva call to the beautiful home of the Zellers in Efrat...About 20 of us sat out/side with the family in their garden telling stories about the life of this lovely man of G-d...I decided it was appropriate to throw out the idea of a memorial to Reb Dovid at this time, and, while sitting next to his wife (I dare any/one to call her his widow) I mentioned my idea:

I also recalled that he was described at the recent Spiritual Care Conference held out/side Jerusalem as being the "Roeh/Shepherd" of the Spiritual Care Movement in Israel...

I suggested as a possible vehicle to honor and remember her husband that we gather funds together and create what I called:  THE DAVID ZELLER ROEH SPIRITUAL CARE CENTER OF HERZOG HOSPITAL.

While this idea clearly found favor in her eyes (she smiled at the thought of it), she mentioned the obvious fact that the family needed to sit down and discuss what their own wishes were to memorialize their Pater Familias...I, of course, agreed...

(If there is any other feed/bakc please contact Rabbi Moshe Ya'akov Scholnick at mscholnick@yahoo.com

Rabbi Moshe Scholnick
mscholnick@yahoo.com

Jerusalem/Israel/ Florida/USA

Wednesday 30th of May 2007


Its with a great sorrow and saddness that we hear abbout R. Zeller last journey.
We hav studied some of his teachings and meditating with his wonderfull niguunim in a group of Jewish Meditation in Brazil.
Even if having being so distant (in geografic way), we will keep working to mantain His melodies, teachings and light within us as always.
In His light we see light.
may his family, friends, students and special ones receive our condolences.

rachel reichhardt
rachel@shalom.org.br

Brazil

Wednesday 30th of May 2007


Since learning of the passing of my friend, teacher, Rebbe, spiritual guide and amazing soul, I weep for all of us who have lost a magnificent soul who gave us so much more than we could ever have given him. A light of hope and joy has been dimmed but never forgotten for Rabbi David Zeller's light is with each of us who knew him: Rabbi Zeller has left his soul print on our soul. Over the past 10 years Rabbi Zeller has brought me spiritual healing and the soul sound of his singing. May his dear family know no more sorrow and may we continue to bask in the light that Rabbi Zeller has bestowed on each one of us. Blessing and Love

Yocheved Koplowitz
yochekop@bellsouth.net

Atlanta GA USA

Wednesday 30th of May 2007


I remember meeting Rabbi Zeller when he taught a workshop at the Sufi bookstore in Tribeca, NY, about 8 years ago.  He brought his guitar and we sang with him and learned from his gentle wisdom.  The crowd was pretty eclectic but we all felt connected because of Rabbi Zeller's way of uniting people through song and sharing in one another's journey.  This was the only time I spent with him yet I remember it so well to this day because when you meet someone 'real' as Shlomo Carlebach would say, you never forget them.  
I send my heartfelt condolences to Rabbi Zeller's family and friends. May his life continue to shine bright in the world.

chana

USA

Wednesday 30th of May 2007


I am shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death of an old friend, David Zeller.  I met him many years ago, just after he and Etty, his first wife, were married.  I can still see them in my mind's eye, just before neilah, both dressed in white, flowing clothes for the purity of Yom Kippur, crossing the field at the old JCC in Palo Alto, looking like angels.  

May he find shelter under the wings of the Abeishter and may his family be comforted among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.  

May we all be reunited soon with our loved ones, in this world, and forever.

Sheindel Shapiro
simoneshapiro@hotmail.com

Wednesday 30th of May 2007


Dovid was a gentle and sweet man, touching and bringing understanding and joy, without judgment, but with encouragement.  First meeting Dovid in the 60's in California I’ve seen his brightness and compassion.  Indeed a precious soul.  Blessings and our condolences

Donna A. Maimes
Ellen M. Lacroix
Natan Bahir Maimes
Ora Sundara Maimes

Donna A Maimes
damaimes@gmail.com

USA

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


I am so saddened upon hearing of the loss of Reb Dovid Zeller.  I met him a few times over the past 20 years and always felt as if I knew him as my close friend even though he didn't really know me.  But when I contacted him about 2 years ago to ask him if he would be interested in coming to do a Mentor in Residence tour through the newly formed Spiritual JERNE, he immediately said yes, without hesitation.  We became friends over the next few months during the planning his trip for which I will be forever grateful.  Whenever we spoke, it was as if we had always been close friends.   He was received enthusiastically in Montpelier and Burlington Vermont and in Greenfield and Amherst Massachusetts .  One person that met him spontaneously decided to drive Reb Dovid all the way from Montpelier to Amherst and back to Burlington, staying overnight, (a 4 hour trip each way) just to be in his presence.  

Reb Dovid....Your uniquely sweet voice... the way you smiled with your whole being with such deep love for each person... your crinkly eyes when you smiled... your humble and beautiful way of being so present as you gave over Torah as if your soul was touching our soul .... the way I knew immediately that you were my friend forever from the first moment we met ... 
It is hard to imagine that you will not be singing your song with your whole being in this world, but as we continue to sing your songs and greet everyone with our whole being, with loving, smiling and crinkly eyes, you will continue to be here with us.

May Chana Sara and your children be comforted among the other mourners in Zion and Yerushalayim.

Rabbanit Tobie Weisman
Director, Spiritual JERNE
Founding Director, Yearning for Learning Center
Montpelier, Vermont

Tobie Weisman

USA

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


In the latest issue of New Age Retailer magazine there was a beautiful interview with Reb David. Here is the link to that article. How amazing that just before his precious soul splashed into the clear pool of Gan Eden, this interview was distributed to thousands of businesses around the country. http://www.newageretailer.com/uploads/pdfs/Articles/EXP07_Zeller.pdf

Rabbi Chaim Mahgel-Friedman
rchaim@gmail.com

Berkeley

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


Dear Chana Sara, children and friends,

It is with a heart filled with grief and gratitude that I post this today.
I grieve for all of us losing Reb David, my Rabbi, friend, teacher, confidant and inspiration for over 30 years. I am grateful for having known one of the kindest and most insightful human beings ever  - truly "the sweetest of the sweet".

When I met Reb Dovid, around 1980-81, I was a recent refugee from a guru group. 
I was filled with contradictions. I hated that I had given myself so wholeheartedly to a man and movement that proved to be false, shallow and venal.
Yet I wondered at being able to give myself so completely and to dive so deeply within that I felt close to God. Throughout my six years living in that web of falsity I would often bump into a deep part of myself that I knew to be Jewish, and that I knew couldn't die. I knew it couldn't die because I was living  a spirituality that trained me to try to kill it. I now believe that that was my 
pintele Yid, nekuda pnimius, that kept be from drowning.

Newly freed, and new to the Bay area, who could I talk to to make sense of my life and spirit. When I met Reb Dovid, I felt a great weight lift from my shoulders. Finally, someone who could not only understand, but could guide me to
a new place, a true home in Torah and Jewish spirituality.

Dovid and Elaine opened their home to me often and it was there that I was truly introduced to Shabbos, and Jewish marriage. And when Hashem blessed me to find my bashert, it was Dovid that not only only married us, but guided me step by step to becoming the man I wanted to be when I stood under the chuppah.

At our bedeken, when Dovid guided me towards my wife, Karen, there was a moment of exquisite sweetness. Apparently Dovid didn't know that Karen was awaiting a friend of hers to arrive any moment. Dovid led me and the men into the room singing the Moshiach niggun -- and then we just stopped. In a timeless niggun we just gazed across the room from each other and waited.Dovid then said that there's a teaching that at moment the souls of the children that will be born from this union come down to be present at the bedeken. Today, B'H there are four children ages 22-4, raised in a Torah home, largely because of the gifts that Reb Dovid gave us.

I was present during the time of Elaine/Ilana's illness, and was deeply affected by the presience and sensitivity that both showed during that time.
We have a drawing that Ilana gave us of the Ribnitzer Rebbe, at the birth or bris of our first child, Gavi.

I remember visiting Dovid when they first moved to Efrat and he pointed to a valley and said that he could imagine a Jewish/Palestinian Silicon Valley growing there. May his peaceful visions be for a blessing, even in these less than peaceful times.

I remember when Dovid and Chana Sara were wed in Brooklyn and Reb Shlomo zt'l giving David a bracha to learn all the Slonimer and Sochatchov Torahs. Dovid made it possible for us to get closer to Reb Shlomo and introduced me to much of the Chassidic seforim that have become my spiritual sustenance. After we moved to Baltimore in 1987, we had the zchus to host Dovid several times.

When times were hard in our marriage and family life, Dovid was very there for us. We felt that his commitment in being our mesader Kiddushin was a commitment to support us in our lifetime of marriage.

Last year I came across Dovid's book "The Soul of the Story" in the library, and am so thankful that I was inspired by it to reinitiate contact. Little could I imagine that those would be our last words together.

Friend, Rebbe, Sweet Singer, I'll miss you like crazy, and hope to honor you with our lives.

My wife and I would like to host an East Coast gathering in Dovid's memory, perhaps around the shloshim? Contact us if you would like to be included.

Hillel & Karen Zeitlin
Baltimore, MD
410-358-7316
office: 6118 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland   21215
410-358-1381 




Hillel Zeitlin
HZeitlin@aol.com

USA

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


Reb David was a shining light.  His sweet voice is forever imprinted in my heart.  I miss him so much.

Sam Glaser
sam@samglaser.com

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


David's life was a gift to Jewish people of every Movement and a blessing that helped so many people find new meaning and relevance in Judaism.  My life was enriched through knowing and working with him.  We were honored to be his publisher.  Stuart Matlins, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Jewish Lights Publishing www.jewishlights.com

Stuart M. Matlins
smat101873@aol.com

USA

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


It is with shock and sadness that I heard of Reb Dovid's petirah.  He was one of my first Torah teachers on my path of embracing yiddishkeit over 18 years ago. He was teaching at Isralight  and his sweet,gentle melodic voice pierced parts of my neshama I never knew existed.  The greatest avodah one can do in this world is bring people close to Hashem.  This is his legacy and I hope that this will give comfort to his dear family.

Sara Kraina Nadler

Los Angeles

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


I first heard Rabbi David's music over 15 years ago when I was reforming a deep connection to Judaism.  Music has always been a direct path to spirit for me, and David's sweet music touched my heart deeply, and was an integral part of nurturing  my increasing love for Judaism.  I am so glad that I had the opportunity to meet him when he was in NYC.  He touched me deeply, and remains in my heart.

To David's family.  May Hashem bring you comfort in your time of loss.

Yaakov Weintraub
yaakovw@gmail.com

USA

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


A voice from the heavens sang on this earth. The sweetest sounds filled the air. David, so many hearts have opened through you. Thank you for the brief visit. Your music is forever. Love, Paula

dr paula bromberg
drpaula@bellsouth.net

usa

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


I am writing to express my deep sorrow and sympathy for Rabbi Zeller's family.  I know how difficult it is to grapple with the death of a parent, to face that sense of loss (even theft), and to try and pick up and serve Hashem in joy despite one's personal sorrow.  Just looking at the face of this holy Jew brings me to understand what the world has lost.  I know Mordechai, Rabbi's son, and know that he will continue to shine the light that I see in that face, and that in this way, he will continue to live.

May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Malkah Fleisher
malkah@israelnationalradio.com

Israel

Tuesday 29th of May 2007


I first met David at a CAJE conference at Hofstra.  I immediately felt his joy his deep presences.  We became fast friends, sitting at the cafeteria  sharing organic bread, laughing.  I bought his CD, learned the niguns and as a storyteller I listened to his insightful stories on tape.  Again I saw him last year at CAJE in North Carolina, he told stories at the cabaret and I remember thinking he is truley a Rebbe.  I will miss him dearly, he was very loved.

carla vogel
carlachai@yahoo.com

usa

Monday 28th of May 2007


David was a wonderful teacher. I loved his singing and his class. May his memory always be a blessing...

Larry Uman
luman@gmu.edu

USA

Monday 28th of May 2007


I have learned and received so much from David over the years. His work and collaboration with us in Living Tao Foundation was always deep and filled with the essence of an expanded Judaism. His teachings and person have been a good guidance to us and we miss the opportunity to share with him in song and blessing. 

From the time I first met him more than 20 years ago, his contact has always lightened our home and work.

We now light a candle in honor of his life and his life's work - may the work of his soul be light and may it forever shine and help others.

We wish all members of his family our condolences and share the knowledge that his work and life "paid forward" for future generations to benefit from. We are sincerely thankful!
Love
Jay Goldfarb, Ursula de Almeida Goldfarb and family, Basel, Switzerland


James Goldfarb
jay@livingtao.com

Switzerland

Monday 28th of May 2007


I found Rabbi David's music many years ago and the beauty of his voice and words stay with me to this very day. I read his book and became even more inspired by the many blessings of this most gifted man. I pray that his family is wrapped in the warm embrace of people all over the world that this gentle soul touched.

With Love, 


Larry Snider
ld.snider@yahoo.com

USA

Monday 28th of May 2007


On one trip to Israel I attended a panel discussion at a synagogue in Jerusalem on the issue of conversion to Judaism. This was in January 1998 right after the Neeman Report had come out.  The panel included prominent rabbinic representatives of maionstream Orthodox (Rabbi Shlomo Riskin), ultra-Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform (Rabbi Levi Wolf-Kelman).  David Zeller was the moderator, a role that he played literally.  The room was packed with Israelis from many backgrounds and feelings were running high.  Rabbi Zeller began by announcing that this was not a debate but a forum for learning the responses of these rabbis to the Neeman Report.  There was to be no cheering or applause and also no booing.  He successfully held both the panel and the audience to that standard.  If that isn't a mark of great spiritual charisma, I don't know what is.  The Jewish people needs more like him.  We have lost a great spirit but perhaps others will be inspired to follow his example.

Rabbi Philip J Bentley
PBENTLEY@AGUDASISRAELSYNAGOGUE.ORG

USA

Monday 28th of May 2007


I knew Rabbi Zeller when he was still David Zeller, at the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology when I was there in 1978-1980. I remember David as a bridge builder and connector through song and story. He brought life to the perennial wisdom and his deep heart to everyone. I can still hear his voice.

Kathlyn Hendricks
katieh@hendricks.com

U.S.A.

Monday 28th of May 2007


I'm glad to see people are using this forum. It is one small way I hope I can give back to you (David's family) some of what David has given to so many. As was said when we had the farewell for him at Yakar, he has planted many seeds around the world and those who he helped to nuture have in turn spread his teachings to many more.You will never know how many lives he has touched.

Though I started as his webmaster, he and I became each other's teachers and friends.David helped me to unify Judaism and spirituality in the Oneness he taught with an open heart and mind. In turn, it is an approach not only to Judaism, but to life that I am continually working on and passing to my children, family, friends and community.

I will miss his guidance, teachings, stories and songs. Mostly I will miss the way he smiled knowingly with his eyes.

Charlie Kalech
j-town@j-town.co.il

Israel

Sunday 27th of May 2007


The news of David's passing is now reuniting old college friends - it is so sad that it sometimes takes a tragic loss to make others realize how precious communicating with one another is, and how fleeting the moments of opportunity to be in touch with those one knows and loves.  And in this regard I will remember David as one who brought people together at a time when modern life led us into increasing isolation. His gifts to mankind were the most precious  that one can share - awareness of the proper priorities in life, human connectedness, love and joy.

May his family and friends now be strong and find even more strength in the aura of his memory.

Peter Lackner
Pomona College classmate, fellow musician and performing artist

Peter Lackner
peterlackner@mac.com

United States

Sunday 27th of May 2007


Goodbye and hello, David. We lose you in the world, but keep finding you in our hearts.  Of your great gifts, the greatest has been Love.  May your love spread out like ripples through all of us who have experienced it.

Rayna Holtz
raynaholtz@aol.com

USA

Sunday 27th of May 2007


In Genesis 37:13ff Jacob sends Joseph out from the valley of Hebron to meet his brothers who are tending the flock in Shechem.  Along the way Joseph encounters a man wandering in the fields; "and the man asked him, saying, What do you seek?  And he said, I seek my brothers; tell me, I beg you, where they feed their flocks.  And the man said, They have departed from here; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan."

So Joseph follows this mysterious man's travel directions, and meets up with his brothers in Dothan, only to encounter his fate that day of being thrown into the pit; later sold to the Ishamelites, and then brought to Egypt; imprisoned; redeemed; eventually becoming Pharaoh's trusted advisor, who saves the country from famine, and later reunites with his brothers and father.

In his bibliodrama work, Peter Pitzele notes how this unnamed man represents meetings with remarkable, or unremarkable, people who unknowingly (or knowingly) point us in a direction which catalyzes a sequence of circumstances that unfold and reveal the unique destiny of our lives.

If that man had not encountered Joseph on the road to Shechem, would he have ever ended up in the pit, sold into slavery, only to become the Egyptian political leader he was to become? That mysterious man was there, in the right place, at the right time, to ultimately reveal a destiny that made Joseph the unique spiritual being he was called to be.

We all meet men or women like that in our lives who, acting as messengers of the divine, point a profound finger of fate in the direction we are destined to follow.

Rabbi David Zeller, z"l was such a person for me.

I was living in Montreal in early 1976 when I heard that there was a workshop on "Transpersonal Psychology" being held in Burlington, Vermont, taught by David Zeller, of the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (CITP as it was known as then). I was curious - transpersonal psychology was relatively new, almost unheard of on the east coast in those years - and so I arranged to attend with a friend of mine.

I recall only traces of the workshop content, but I will always remember the conversation I had with David Zeller that day. "Why don't you come to California and study transpersonal psychology?" he asked, pointing in a direction I had not ever considered. 

Inspired by the possibility of linking psyche and spirit, Jewish mysticism and psychotherapy, I chose to follow the pointing finger of fate. On a visit to the Bay Area later that year, I met up with David Zeller, in Palo Alto, and began seriously exploring doing doctoral work in transpersonal psychology.

Though (for a variety of reasons) I ended up at the California Institute of Integral Studies (then it was still the California Institute of Asian Studies) David Zeller remained a guiding mentor for me. I heard the call, and moved to San Francisco in September 1977 to begin graduate school. Within the first month after arriving, I recall having a yontif meal with David and his first wife Elaine, in their Palo Alto home.

On my own journey, one event led to the next:  in the Bay Area I connected with the Aquarian Minyan, and would see Reb David when he would teach at Minyan. Following that finger of fate, I wrote a transpersonal psychology doctoral dissertation on death and Judaism, with Reb Zalman one of my committee members; from the Aquarian Minyan I made my way to Philadelphia and B'nai Or; my dissertation was re-written and published as Jewish Views of the Afterlife; and much of my work over the past two decades has grown out of that fateful encounter with Reb David, who always remained a special mentor to me. As he was for others as well.

I recall a few years later I met David when he was teaching at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Val Morin, Quebec. He again pointed the finger of fate, this time for my friend Reb Sholom Brodt, when he said to Sholom "talk to Simcha about Reb Zalman" which he did, and I encouraged Sholom to come to a B'nai Or retreat at Fellowship House Farm. Sholom showed up one month later, and there he met the Judy Tibor, who became his wife...

Reb David was truly a sweet soul, a minstrel of bhakti devotion, a wonderful teacher of Torah and Hasidut.  True to the legacy of his father Max Zeller, a Jungian analyst who had studied with Carl Jung, David was one of the pioneers of transpersonal psychology. And he was one of the first people in the renewal movement to talk about Judaism as a path of consciousness, and inspired many others to do the same.  I know there were many people along the way for whom Rabbi David Zeller pointed the holy finger of fateful inspiration.

Published in 2005, David's spiritual autobiography, The Soul of the Story: Meetings with Remarkable People, chronicles his journey through India, Israel and America in which he met up with and was touched by a number of remarkable people, and gifted teachers.

In my life, and in our community, Rabbi David Zeller was one of the those remarkable people, and a truly gifted teacher. I will be forever grateful to him for his caring, wise guidance when I was 25 years old, and wandering along a road, not sure where it was heading.

Our community is bereft of a great teacher, a wonderful man, and a holy guide.

May his family be consoled in their loss, and comforted among the mourners of Zion and Israel. 

May the soul of Reb David be welcomed back to the Source of Life, tzror ha-hayyim, that he may continue to inspire and guide us from that world beyond the veil between life and death.

Tehei Nishmato Tzrurah B'zror HaHayyim


Reb Simcha Raphael
Rabbinic Pastor & Transpersonal Psychotherapist
www.simcharaphael.com

Simcha Raphael
drsimcha@verizon.net

United States

Sunday 27th of May 2007


Dear Hannah Sara,
I don't know if you remember me, but a few years ago you came to the Inbal hotel and did Jewish yoga with my daughter and I.  ( around Chanukkah time)I am so saddend to hear of your husband's passing.  I understand he was a great man, a wonderful teacher and I'm sure loving husband. May you and your family have strength to endure this painful time.  Next time I'm in Israel, I will look you up.

Sincerely,
Susan Roth  

Susan Roth
susan-roth@cogeco.ca

Canada

Sunday 27th of May 2007


Reb David was an amazing teacher and singer.  I felt truly moved by his spirit whenever I was in his presence.  I feel there is a void in the world since his passing.  May his family, friends, and students worldwide feel the blessing of his gifts to us as we pass thru this time of transition.

Araya Sol
alepharaya@comcast.net

USA

Sunday 27th of May 2007


Reb David was an amazing teacher and singer.  I felt truly moved by his spirit whenever I was in his presence.  I feel there is a void in the world since his passing.  May his family, friends, and students worldwide feel the blessing of his gifts to us as we pass thru this time of transition.

Araya Sol

Sunday 27th of May 2007


 As we were browsing through a Judiaca shop in Brookline, MA, we heard a most beautiful, melodious voice being piped over the speaker system. I asked who was singing so wonderfully and the man showed us the CD cover of Ruach by Rabbi David Zeller. We bought it and brought it home and then shared it with our home Torah study group. From there, a few of us purchased Rabbi Zeller's The Tree of Life meditation series and other CD's . What a sweet brother, with words that heal and music that calms the soul. All thanks to HASHEM for introducing us to him. May his memory be for a blessing to many souls in the days ahead.
With love,
Bill and Miriam Spitz
Norwell, MA

Bill and Miriam Spitz
mspits7@aol.com

USA

Sunday 27th of May 2007


baruch dayan haemet 
she nishma besorot tovot 

Yehuda Glantz
glantz_y@netvision.net.il

Israel

Sunday 27th of May 2007


Dovid was a precious soul, one who brought joy & gentle kindness to all who knew him. 
We wish to extend our deepest, deepest condolences to his family & friends in Israel.

Rabbi Neal & Carol Rose

Sunday 27th of May 2007


Rabbi David was such a sweet soul. I was privy to stay at Chana Sara and his home for shabbos about 12 years ago, during my time at the Isralight Program. I learned so much from the Zellers in that one Shabbat. We were lucky enough to have David visit with us at our home for Shabbat in Los Angeles in the past year or two.

To his family: May Hashem Bless you with comfort during this difficult time of loss.

All the Best, Metuka Nechama Daisy Lawrence Cohn

Metuka Nechama Daisy Lawrence Cohn
Metukan2@aol.com

USA

Sunday 27th of May 2007


It is impossible to believe that the world will continue without Dovid's smile, his crinkly eyes, his face lit up with joy....I cherish the hug from him at our last meeting in Palo Alto when he was in town to promote his book; he was so complete and so at home with himself. It is just so incomprehensible that he has left so soon---way too soon---and we send our deepest condolences to Hana Sarah and the children (and grandchildren.)  May his memory be for a blessing and may his stories and invisible presence fill the hearts of all who knew him.

HaMakom yinachem etchem b'tochh sha'ar eylay Tzion v'Yerushalayim.


Nechama and Howie Tamler
htamler@acm.org

Sunday 27th of May 2007


I am writing not only for myself and my family who knew and loved David (it is David's beautiful voice with which we usually enter Shabbat), but I write for the large community of Jewish educators of North America who came to know David through his teaching and singing at many summer conferences of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education. An angel's voice has been silenced, but his spirit will continue to guide and motivate us.

David Frank
dfrank@caje.org

US

Sunday 27th of May 2007


When I attended the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, David was an important part of our community life. He led us in singing and chanting every day, which was a very rich experience. The songs continue to be sung, especially when there is a gathering of friends who shared that experience. I remember David fondly. His spirit and songs live on.

Ed Graham

Sunday 27th of May 2007


David has touched my heart profoundly. Every night I sing to my children one of his niggunim.

Olivier

Switzerland

Sunday 27th of May 2007



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