VIDEOS STORIES OF SOME OF THE LEADING RABBI’S OVER THE PAST 2,000 YEARS
RABBI SHIMON BEN YOCHAI 2ND Century Dr Henry Abramson 2014 (48.46) Emerging from a cave after twelve years of isolated Torah study, Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai went on to become one of ancient Israel's most celebrated Kabbalists and a leader of the Jewish people.
ANAN BEN DAVIV AND KARAISM 8th Century Dr Henry Abramson 2012 (56.48) an eighth-century Jewish thinker in Babylonia who is considered by many to be the progenitor of Karaism
HASDAI IBN SHAPRUT? THE JEWS OF SEPHARAD 10TH Century Dr Henry Abramson 2017 (58.42) Jewishleader in Andalusia, who set the foundations for the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry
SHERIRA GAON AND THE JEWS OF BABYLON (906 - 1006) Dr Henry Abramson 2013 (58.49)
Who, exactly, wrote down the foundational texts of the Oral Torah? Who is responsible for the compiling of the Talmud? These were some of the questions addressed to Sherira Gaon, the Rosh Yeshiva of the great city of Pumbedita in Babylon in 987 by a young Rabbi in Tunisia. His famous response, preserved for over a thousand years, is an impressive survey of the Jewish intellectual tradition, leading up to the establishment of the greatest Talmudic centers in Jewish history.
ABRAHAM IBN EZRA (1089-1164) Dr Henry Abramson 2014 (51.12)
Hailed as one of the greatest commentators on the Torah, Abraham ibn Ezra lived a life of great scholarly accomplishment amidst great personal suffering
RABBI SHIMON YITSHAKI - RASHI (1040-1105) Dr Henry Abramson 2012 (58.46)
, popularly known as Rashi, one of the most important Torah commentators of all time.
NACHMANIDES (RAMBAN) RABBI MOSHE BEN NAHMAN,, (13th Century) Dr Henry Abramson 2017 (56.03)
A brilliant 13th-century scholar of Rabbinic thought, Nahmanides’ defense of Judaism in a forced Church-sponsored debate earned him exile from his native Spain. An elderly sage, he emigrated to the Land of Israel, where he found a tiny Jewish community, desperately hanging onto the traditions of their ancestors. Summoning upon an immense reserve of energy, Nahmanides single-handedly resurrected the community living under Islamic rule and laid the foundation for a Jewish renaissance.
THE RASHBA RABBI SHLOMO BEN ADRET, (1235-1310) Dr Henry Abramson 2015 (39.04)
Known to his students by the acronym of his name Rashba, was one of the most brilliant Talmudists of medieval Spain. Student of Nachmanides (Ramban) and teacher to the Ritva, his writings are studied to the present day.
RABBI SHLOMO ALKABETS (16TH century) Dr Henry Abramson 2012 (55.35)
Famed author of the Lecha Dodi hymn sung on the eve of the Jewish sabbath, Rabbi Alkabets was one of the founding members of the 16th-century school of Kabbalists based in Safed (Tsfat), Israel.
RABBI JOSEPH KARO or YOSEF CARO, QARO AND THE CODE OF JEWISH LAW (1488-1575) Dr Henry Abramson 2015 (48.35)
The author of the last great codification of Jewish law, the Shulchan Aruch, which is still authoritative for all Jews pertaining to their respective communities. He is often referred to as HaMechaber (Hebrew: "The Author") and as Maran (Aramaic: "Our Master").
RABBI ELIYAHU BE SHLOMO: THE VILNA GAON (1720-1797) Talmudic scholar better known as The Vilna Gaon, is revered as the father of traditional Lithuanian Judaism
RABBI MOSHE ISSERLES (THE REMA) (1520-1574) Dr Henry Abramson (6.11)
He became famous as a codifier, whose decision was the last word in Jewish law. His chief work in the field of Halacha (code) was a commentary on the Turim of Rabenu Yakov ben Asher entitled "Darkhe Moshe", and his Mappah ("Table Cloth") for the Shulchan Aruch ("Prepared Table") by his contemporary Rabbi Joseph Caro
Rashi, Maimonides, Joseph Caro
MELVYN BRAGG AND GUESTS DISCUSS THE TIMES AND LEGACY OF MAIMONIDES (1135/1138 - 1204)
(BBC recording) (42.15)
THE MAIMONIDEAN CONTROVERSY Dr Henry Abramson 2016 (44.11) Brief overview of the controversy that surrounded the writings of Rabbi Moses Maimonides.
RABBI SCHNEUR ZALMAN OF LIADI (THE ALTER REBBE) OF CHANBAD (1745-1812)
Dr Henry Abramson 2014 (59.18)
Author of the Tanya, a hugely influential 18th-century work of Jewish spirituality, Rabbi Scheur Zalman of LIadi is considered the founder of the Chabad (Lubavitch) movement.
THE BA’AL SHEM TOV (1700-1760) Dr Henry Abramson 2012 (1.00.09)
Israel ben Eliezer, widely regarded as the father of the Hasidic movement.
R. DAVID SINTZHEIM (1745-1812) Dr Henry Abramson 2016 (59.24)
Head of Napoleon's Grand Sanhedrin, respected Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva. He created a political modus vivendi for Jews in moder
RABBI NACHMAN OF BRATSLOV (1772-1810) Dr Henry Abramson 2015 (51.09)
One of the most creative, unusual, and controversial Hasidic leaders Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav (Nachman of Breslov) continues to inspire generations of disciples
RABBI MENACHEM MENDEL SCHNEERSON OF CHABAD (1902 - 1994) Dr Henry Abramson
the Seventh Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. A native of Nikolaev, Ukraine, and educated in Germany and France, his leadership transformed his Hasidic followers into an international movement that continues to shape the lives of Jews world wide