Jewish Law & Philosophy: Rabbi Mordichai Becher

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher, originally from Australia, is a Senior Lecturer for the Gateways Organization. He was a Senior Lecturer at Yeshivat Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem for 15 years, taught at Neve Yerushalayim College, was a chaplain in the Israel Defence Forces and served in the Armoured Infantry.

Rabbi Becher is the author of Gateway to Judaism: The What, How, And Why of Jewish Life, and one of the developers of the software programs, Where in Israel? and Judaica Wizard. He also answered thousands of question on the Ask-the- Rabbi website. Rabbi Becher received his Rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem and was a Rabbi in Toronto for four years.

He has been a guest lecturer for U.J.A., the Jewish Federation and the Zionist Organization of America, and has lectured in Canada, the United States, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia and Russia.

Rabbi Becher, his wife Chavy and their six children live in Passaic, New Jersey.

Jewish Texts: Rabbi Dovid Kaplan

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Rabbi Kaplan is a lecturer in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach, author and regular chinuch columnist for Hamodia.

Jewish Logic and Philosophy: Rabbi Dovid Gottleib

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Having received his Ph.D. in mathematical logic at Brandeis University, Rabbi Dr. Dovid Gottlieb went on to become Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. Today he is a senior faculty member at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem. An accomplished author and lecturer, Rabbi Gottlieb has electrified audiences with his stimulating and energetic presentations on ethical and philosophical issues.

Jewish Philosophy: Rabbi Akiva Tatz

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Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied medicine at the University of Witwatersrand and graduated with distinction in surgery. He spent a year in St. Louis, Missouri, as an American Field Service Scholar and subsequently returned there for elective work in internal medicine at Washington University.

Dr. Tatz served as medical officer in the South African Defence force and completed a tour of duty on the Namibian border during the conflict there. He subsequently moved to Israel where he practised both in hospital and general medicine in Jerusalem, as well as engaging in Yeshiva study.

After practising medicine and studying in Yeshiva concurrently for some time, Dr. Tatz undertook a number of years of Talmudic study and later teaching in Jewish thought and medical ethics in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Dr. Tatz founded the Jerusalem Medical Ethics Forum, of which he is Director, for the purpose of teaching and promoting knowledge of Jewish medical ethics internationally.

He has written a number of books on the subject of Jewish thought and philosophy: Anatomy of a Search, which documents the process of transition from secular to observant lifestyles among modern Jews, Living InspiredWorldmaskLetters to a Buddhist JewWill, Freedom, and DestinyThe Thinking Jewish Teenager’s Guide to Life and Dangerous Disease and Dangerous Therapy in Jewish Medical Ethics: Principles and Practice.

Dr. Tatz is the co-author of Reb Simcha Speaks. His work has been translated into Spanish, Russian, French and Portuguese.

He currently lectures on Jewish thought and medical ethics at the Jewish Learning Exchange in London and internationally.