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Meir Fund is a renowned American Orthodox rabbi, Kabbalist, and spiritual leader of Congregation Sheves Achim in Brooklyn, New York. He comes from a long line of rabbis in Europe and was close with both Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik during his student days and with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
In October 1977, on Succos, Rabbi Fund performed at a concert in the Gramercy Park Brotherhood Synagogue's succah that jointly benefited the Hopi Legal Fund, which defended Hopi lands in the West from being strip mined, and Moshav Me'or Modin, a communal settlement in Israel led by Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach.
"We felt the pain of the Indian plight. We wanted to build bridges and we felt that Succoth would be an appropriate time since it is a harvest festival." Fund also stated, "We felt a common spiritual, archetypal, almost primordial bond and a communal experience of suffering, of being the eternal minority."
"If I say I'm swimming in the Pacific, it doesn't mean that I'm swimming in water that's 10,000 feet deep, he said. I could be walking in a puddle at the end of the ocean. And that's what is sometimes misleading. But the Kabbalah is an ocean, and there are parts where anybody can swim, and parts where you have to be a very good swimmer."
- "A Synagogue Holds Benefit For the Hopis". New York Times. 1977-10-02. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
- Copage, Eric V. (1999-03-28). "Making it work; A Mystical Tradition Brought Close to Home". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
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