About Sara Yoheved Rigler
My path took me from India and Vedanta to Israel and Judaism. My spiritual search first led me to India in 1968. There I studied with a guru who was both a mystic and an acclaimed Sanskrit scholar. A year later, I returned to the U.S. and finished my degree in psychology from Brandeis University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum laude. I spent the next fifteen years living in America’s oldest ashram, where I both practiced and taught Vedanta philosophy and meditation.
In 1985, I made a dramatic change of spiritual path. I moved to Jerusalem, began studying Torah, and became a highly committed observant Jew. In 1987, I married Leib Yaacov Rigler, a musician, composer, and arranger. At the age of forty, I gave birth to my first child, and at the age of forty-six, to my second child. I have lived inside the walled Old City of Jerusalem for thirty-two years.
I am a highly acclaimed international lecturer on the subject of Jewish spirituality and practical tools for spiritual growth. I have spoken in Israel, England, Canada, South Africa, France, Switzerland, Panama, Chile, Mexico, and over 35 American cities.
I have published six books: Holy Woman (translated into French and Hebrew); Lights from Jerusalem;Battle Plans: How to Fight the Yetzer Hara (translated into French); God Winked: Tales and Lessons from My Spiritual Adventures (translated into Hebrew); Heaven Prints; and Emunah with Love and Chicken Soup: The Story of Henny Machlis, the Brooklyn-born Girl who became a Jerusalem Legend.
I am one of the most popular authors on www.aish.com, the world’s largest Judaism website. I am also a columnist for Ami Magazine, published weekly from New York. My writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul, Small Miracles of Love and Friendship, Jewish Action, The Jerusalem Post, Binah Magazine, Mishpacha, and other anthologies and publications.