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Wednesday, February 22, 2023 1 Adar 5783 - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - ONLINE
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Controversial books that changed the Jewish world

with Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky

Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed is seen as a classic text of Judaism yet in its day the book was a source of great discomfort, especially for those who were non-rationalists. Another widely banned book was Azariah De Rossi’s unorthodox account of biblical and talmudic chronology. Yet another scandal was the publishing of the Hasidic world’s first Torah commentary that ignited a firestorm of controversy. And in the 20th century Rav Kook’s mystical masterpiece infuriated the zealots of Jerusalem. What each of these books had in common was that they changed the Jewish world. Join us to find out how!

Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky is a sought-after speaker and leader within the American Jewish community. His engaging style of public speaking captivates, and his written and published sermons are read by hundreds every week. This series promises to be a fascinating exploration of banned books for seasoned and beginner learning alike.


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