Sufism and Hasidism: Shared Spiritual Tales

Thomas Block writes on the spiritual teachings tales that are found in both Sufi
Sophia: The Journal of Traditional Studies, October, 2011

Positive interactions between Jewish and Islamic thinkers from the founding of Islam (622) until the fall of the Spanish Caliphate (1492) led to deep Muslim influence on the Jewish religion, including meditation practices, mystical grammar, retreat and supererogatory prayers, liturgical imagery and other specific inspirations that reverberate to this day.  For nearly one millennium, Jewish

"Shalom/Salaam" Review by Parabola Magazine

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Rabbi Pamela Gottfried
New York, NY, April 29, 2011
Parabola Magazine

In a world where so many writers of nonfiction illustrate facts and figures in black and white, Thomas Block illuminates the history of Jewish and Muslim mysticism in a vividly hued portrait.  Shalom/Salaam: A Story of Mystical Fraternity is a well-researched and carefully drawn masterpiece.  In this culmination of more than ten years of sustained interest and thorough resear

Review of "Shalom/Salaam: A Mystical Fraternity" by Friends of al-Aqsa

Friends of al-Aqsa
Sarah Irving
England, April 20, 2011
Friends of al-Aqsa

If you believe the narratives of modern Zionists and Islamophobes, Jews and Muslims exist in a natural state of animosity. The relationship between the people of the two faiths is, according to this story, typified by massacres, oppression and antagonism, and the current situation in Palestine is just one episode in a long history of conflicts.

Tom Block: Untold story of Muslim & Jewish Mystics

Read the Spirit
David Crumm
Detroit, MI, April 13, 2011
Read the Spirit

Want something truly provocative to discuss at Passover next week? Or, if you’re among the 2 billion Christians approaching Holy Week and thinking about the history of Jerusalem: Want to revolutionize your understanding of what has unfolded across the Holy Land between Jews and Muslims?

"Shalom/Salaam" Review by Jewish Rennaissance Magazine

Jewish Rennaissance
Agi Erdos
London, England, April 2011
Jewish Renaissance

What an interesting choice of subject. Although Thomas Block is not the first to claim that Sufism, a mystical tradition within Islam, has been a formative influence on the development of Jewish mysticism from the

Common Ground between Islam and Judaism

Gazette review
Brooke Kenny
MD, December 15, 2010
Gazette Newspapers

The Silver Spring resident already is a well-known artist and activist. Matters of social justice fuel Block's paintings, as well his first book, "Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity."

Shed a Tear for Safed

Muslim Dialogue, November 15, 2010

We read sometime ago in the Washington Post (“Allegations of Racism and questions about a town’s character”), about the continuing desecration of a once fertile Jewish-Muslim mystical fraternity. The article notes: “In the winding stone alleys of this Galilee hill town, a centuries-old center of Jewish mysticism, a campaign is underway.

Book review of “Shalom/Salaam”

Publishers Weekly
New York, NY, October 27, 2010
Publishers Weekly

Block, a Jew, independent scholar, and “citizen-diplomat,” spent more than 10 years researching and uncovering the hidden links between the mystical systems within Islam and Judaism, expressed in Sufism and Kabbalah, respectively.

Artists, Activists Unite for Human Rights: Art festival aims to raise awareness, inspire social change

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Luke Wilusz
Columbia, IL, September 27, 2010
Columbia Chronicle

The citizens of Iraq are no strangers to atrocity. Crimes against humanity have been perpetrated there and around the world for years, yet many Americans are largely unaware anything is wrong. This week, a group of artists and legal activists will do its best to change that.

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