Rabbi Raphael Zarum

Rabbi Raphael Zarum is Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies, a graduate of Jerusalem’s Mandel Leadership School, and a leading Jewish educator both in the UK and worldwide. He also holds an MA in Education, a PhD in Theoretical Physics and has published a number of papers on Quantum Chaos Theory.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef A Genius of Jewish Law

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.

Rabbinical Creativity

In his three volume work, The Sages, Rabbi Lau vividly describes how the Rabbis of the Talmud developed novel interpretations of Jewish law which could successfully navigate an ever-changing reality.

Here he discussed with Dr. Raphael Zarum whether today’s religious establishment apparently considers that reality should be adapted to conform to religious law and what can be done to revive the innovative spirit of the Sages.

The Murderous History of Bible Translations

Harry Freedman, Bishop Michael Ipgrave and RabbiRaphael Zarum analyse the surprising damage inflicted by troublesome translations.

The Bible has been translated more than any other book in any language and, astonishingly, controversial  translations underlie a large number of religious conflicts that have plagued the world.

Moral Dilemmas

We are a people with the baggage of millennia. The practice and tradition contained in our book of books concerning fundamental life lessons are often forgotten or misunderstood. Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum interviews Rabbi Joseph Dweck, a leading religious voice in Anglo-Jewry today, on his interpretations of the biblical prophets.

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The Hebrew Bible
A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible reanimates one of the formative works of our culture. Capturing its brilliantly compact poetry and finely-wrought prose, Alter renews the Old Testament as a source of literary power and spiritual inspiration. From the family frictions of Genesis and King David’s flawed humanity, to the serene wisdom of Psalms and Job’s incendiary questioning of God’s ways, this work reso...