Scuba diving rabbi adopts the ocean as his part of the world to repair

By Christine Luby, Religion News Service
Washington Post
April 20, 2021

During his first year of rabbinical studies in Israel in 1982, Rabbi Ed Rosenthal went on a snorkeling trip. “I was overcome by the awe and wonder of the deep,” Rosenthal said. “It was as if I had entered an entirely new universe. I was hooked.”

Rosenthal admits he had been primed for his epiphany while growing up in landlocked St. Louis by watching endless reruns of “Sea Hunt” and “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.” But from that day in Israel, he became an avid diver, eventually taking a job as executive director of the Suncoast Hillels, the campus Jewish organization, in Tampa Bay, Florida, where the diving, not coincidentally, is excellent.

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