I was born (1958) in a kibbutz and grew up in a small village in Israel. At the age of 17 I became deeply interested in spiritual-existential questions about the nature of consciousness, freedom, self and the Whole. I served in the Israeli army and became a pacifist after participating in the 1982 Lebanon War. Studied medicine but at the end of the 5th year of my studies decided to leave medical school and devote my life to spiritual awakening. I then went ahead and spent 2 years meditating in a Zen monastery in Japan and over 20 years doing intense spiritual practice and engaged in philosophical-spiritual exploration in the community of EnlightenNext in the USA. In 1998, when I turned 50, I left the community and moved back to Israel, with the intention of participating in and facilitating cultural-spiritual growth and development in Israeli society. Together with a group of leading educators I started the Education Spirit Movement (eduspirit.org.il), and I'm presently serving as its Managing Director. I'm married and living in Ra’anana, at the center of Israel. If you read Hebrew, check out my blog Bi'Tnua (In Motion) at amirfreimann.com.
Bringing spiritually-inspired idealism, depth, authenticity, conscience, wisdom, love and beauty to the heart of our society and culture, and letting them show us the way to the future.
What is the essence, the core, and the heart of education? What is education ultimately all about? What is its ultimate goal? I think that exploring these questions would help us understand culture and shape our future.
Singing - I can sing hundreds of Israeli folk songs from the 50's thru the 80's, and (almost) all of Cat Stevens, Leonard Cohen and Jesus Christ Superstar songs - that's how I learned English!
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