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Rabbi Eli Brackman and his wife Freidy (nee Loewenthal) are directors of the Oxford Chabad Society. He gained his Rabbinical Diploma (Semicha) at the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva, and is close to completing a postgraduate diploma which will qualify him to act as Dayan. He is also adept at Scribal art.
Jewish legal disputes in the Venice Ghetto
Gondola Travel on Shabbat?
The Chief Rabbi of Venice's attempt to permit gondola travel on Shabbat. The life and times of Rabbi Simone Luzzatto, 1583–1663.
Jewish Personalities of Medieval England
The Story of Rabbi Berachia of Lincoln
A glimpse into the life and teachings of a relatively unknown English Tosafist, an illustrious medieval Jewish scholar, who fell victim to one of the earliest documented cases of blood libel.
Jewish Personalities of Medieval England: Rabbi Elijah of London
The Most Illustrious English Jew of the Middle Ages
Rabbi Elijah of London, a fascinating Talmudist, Halachist, financier and physician. Exploring some of his Halachic rulings and business dealings.
An intricate discussion based on textual annotations regarding the liability of a borrower.
Maimonides' Mishneh Torah in Manuscript, Part 3
Analysis of a manuscript written in Maimonides' own hand. How the structure of the law in draft form differs from the final text. Formerly on display in the exhibition, 'Marks Of Genius' in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Examining the prohibition of eating 'Kitniyot' (legumes) on Passover
The Legumes Passover Controversy
Examining the background of the kitniyot prohibition. Why it was accepted by Ashkenazic Jewry but not Sephardic Jewry. Looking at how the third Chabad Rebbe, the Tzemach Tzedek sourced this prohibition.
Unraveling the 300 year old mystery of the 'Bodleian bowl'
The Mysterious Charity Box
Tracing the history and possible usage of the 'Bodleian bowl', discovered in a moat in Norfolk, east England in 1696. Examining the meaning of its Hebrew inscription and its connection to the famed Tosafist Rabbi Yechiel of Paris and his son Yosef.
Textual annotations regarding an employee’s responsibility
Maimonides' Mishneh Torah in Manuscript, Part 2
Analysis of a manuscript written in Maimonides' own hand. How the structure of the law in draft form differs from the final text. Formerly on display in the exhibition, 'Marks Of Genius' in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
An intricate discussion on the liability of a borrower to repay damage
Maimonides' Mishneh Torah in Manuscript, Part 1
Analysis of a manuscript written in Maimonides' own hand. How the structure of the law in draft form differs from the final text. Formerly on display in the exhibition, 'Marks Of Genius' in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
How should we react when faced with tragedy?
Tragedy in Jewish Thought
Looking at various perspectives on the destruction of the 2nd Temple and two central approaches to tragedy. Is it proper to react with grief and mourning? Or can positivity be glimpsed through the darkness?
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