Rabbi Hanan

"Friends with the Enemy"


“Having the ‘other’ in front of you, present as a human being, that’s what can break down the wall that prevents people from listening.” – Rabbi Hanan

We are so grateful to have Orthodox Rabbi, teacher, and Zionist settler, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, all the way from Israel on DENtalks Podcast today. Growing up in New York during the 60’s and consuming vast amounts of Jewish history, tradition and knowledge, Rabbi Hanan knew he wanted to be ‘center stage’ in recreating Jewish destiny. That began not only with a return to Israel (where he has now resided for 40 years), but also with breaking down his own walls and barriers to understanding the Palestinian people – whom at one very distinctive point which he shares with us, Rabbi Hanan realized that he had never seen the Palestinian’s as people at all. Five years ago, he co-founded “Friends of Roots”, which aims to foster understanding and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians. Rabbi Hanan is doing incredible things to better our world one step at a time and it is an honor for him to share his story and his will to change with us today. He also touches on the mystic teachings that there are “sparks of truth” everywhere, and his goal is to collect those sparks from people all around the world to create change, and forge a new way of thinking and behaving. You don’t want to miss this episode.

“By having our children play together, we’re going to prepare the next generation so they won’t willing to fight.” – Rabbi Hanan



  • Partial Truth


  1. Favorite Book: Hebrew Scripture
  2. Inspirational teacher: Rabbi Irving Greenberg
  3. Object you can’t live without: phylactery/tefillin
  4. First thing in the morning: Prayer


  1. Inspirational Teacher 
    Martin Luther King 
  2. Favorite Documentary or Movie
    What Dreams May Come
  3. Current Obsession 
    Omad Lifestyle
  4. Food, Drink, or Object you can’t live without 
    Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Type of Meditation you rely on most?
    Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
  2. Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
    Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
  3. Self-Care Hack? 
    I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
  4. If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
    If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.