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  • When Rabbis Engage in Fraud and Bribery…

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    3 weeks ago

    On November 26, 1936, Rav Ben Zion Meir Hai Uziel delivered a lecture to a large gathering of rabbis in Jerusalem. Titled "The Seat of the Rabbinate," Rav Uziel’s words were delivered as an introduction to that day’s elections for the Council of the Chief Rabbinate of the Land of... read on

  • To Unite, Not to Divide: Rav Ouziel’s Big Sephardic Ideas

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    3 weeks ago

    Rav Ben-Zion Meir Hai Ouziel (1880-1953) was a visionary rabbinic leader, a strong promoter of Jewish unity, and the 20th century’s most authentic embodiment of the classic Sephardic rabbinic tradition. His leadership was characterized, on the one hand, by a burning desire to... read on

  • Sephardic Mini Course

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    January 20, 2015 | 5:40 pm

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  • Terror, BDS & the “Isaac Factor”

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 20, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    As I looked at the gruesome images of bodies laying on the floor in a Jerusalem synagogue, wrapped in Talit and Tefillin and drenched in blood, what came to mind is the haunting poem by Hayim Nahman Bialik, “On the Threshold of the House of Prayer.” Here are some excerpts:

    O,... read on

  • The Son of Hamas vs. The Sword of Islam

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 22, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    One day late in the 15th century, the brilliant Sephardic Bible commentator Don Isaac Abravanel sat in his study in Monopoli, Italy, writing a detailed commentary on the Book of Isaiah. Born in Portugal in 1437, Abravanel eventually moved to Spain in 1481, where in addition to... read on

  • Why We’re Not Going to Paris

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 25, 2014 | 5:45 pm

    Next month my family and I were scheduled to spend two weeks in Paris, celebrating my 50th birthday. We had tickets booked and an apartment rented in the Marais, the historic Jewish Quarter in Paris. Sadly, we have cancelled the trip. Watch this new, shocking and well made report... read on

  • Maccabi’s Championship, Bloomberg’s Million…

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    May 24, 2014 | 4:03 pm

    My journey to Israel this week started off with an experience that could only happen on El Al. It was Sunday morning, May 18. While we were busy checking in and boarding, 5-time European Basketball Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv were playing against Real Madrid in the Euroleague... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rabbi Daniel Bouskila is the Director of the Sephardic Educational Center (SEC), an international educational and cultural organization with its own historic campus in the Old...

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