Rabbi Haim Amsellem is this generation’s leading rabbinic scholar on conversion to Judaism.
As one of the last living students of Rabbi Benzion Uziel, Rabino Shalem upheld the universalist teachings of his master.
Does Judaism have a global mission, and if so, can Tisha B’Av help us fulfill it?
Many years ago, on Tisha b’Av, a Sephardic rabbi in Israel delivered powerful words on the Holocaust that still resonate today.
(Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3)
As I sat in the plane on my way to Israel, I reflected on the 43-year relationship I had with my father’s youngest brother.
For North African Jews, it’s a night when we turn over our homes from Passover to Mimouna, a joyous family and community-oriented cultural celebration that’s all about blessings, smiles and sweets.
Kotlianski’s story begins a few days before Passover, on Shabbat HaGadol, the Shabbat immediately preceding Passover.
As a Sephardic Jew who was raised with the classic Sephardic principles of tolerance, respect and religious moderation, I lament the contemporary absence of these values in today’s Sephardic rabbinic leaders, especially in Israel.
I always wanted to explore the Holocaust on a deeper level.