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Past EventsSunday, February 23

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef A Genius of Jewish Law

Ivan Binstock, Joseph Dweck
Chair: Raphael Zarum

When scholar and former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died aged 93 in October 2013, vast crowds attended his funeral. Yosef had an unrivalled breadth of learning and his decisions on religious issues were magisterial, if often lenient. Leading rabbis of distinct traditions discuss the late genius and lasting legacy of one of the foremost legal authorities of the Jewish world.  

Rabbi Joseph Dweck, 38, studied at Yeshiva Hazon Ovadia in Jerusalem. He received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Rabbi Dweck is currently the Senior Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation in London. He is married to Margalit Dweck who is a granddaughter of Rabbi Yosef. They have five children. 

Dayan Ivan Binstock has been the Rabbi of the St John’s Wood Synagogue since 1995.  He was formerly the minister of the Golders Green synagogue as well as the Finsbury Park Synagogue. Dayan Binstock combines his role as Minister for St John’s Wood Synagogue with a part-time position as a Dayan at the London Beth Din. 

Raphael Zarum is a leading Jewish educator. In 2008 he was ranked 26th in the Jewish Chronicle Power100 list of UK Jewry. He is the creator of the Torah L’Am crash course and the author of the Torat Hadracha and Jampacked Bible study guides. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics and recently received rabbinic ordination from Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. 

Sponsored by Dr Naim Dangoor CBE Founder of the Exilarch's Foundation

To buy books featured in this event please click hereTen per cent of all sale proceeds will go to Jewish Book Week, supporting the festival for future years.




Sponsored by Dr Naim Dangoor CBE, Founder of The Exilarch's Foundation

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