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Video – Mystical Readings of Pesach – 1 of 3



Original air date: March 26, 2009

Rabbi Joel Finkelstein delivers a talk on “Mystical Readings of Pesach” based on the writings of the Great Hasidic Masters.

Mystical readings of Resach – part 2 of 3

Mystical readings of Resach – part 3 of 3

Rabbi Joel M. Finkelstein: Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Synagogue, Memphis TN

(Memphis, Tennessee) – Rabbi Joel Finkelstein has served as the Rabbi of the Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Synagogue in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to assuming this post, Rabbi Finkelstein was the Assistant Rabbi of the historic Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City, the oldest congregation in America, founded in 1654. A respected leader in community outreach, education, and youth programming both here and in Israel, Rabbi Finkelstein also served as principal of the Polonies Talmud Torah School in NY. Previously, Rabbi Finkelstein served as Rabbi of the Young Israel of Lawrenceville, NJ. He has also taught Judaic Studies at SAR in Riverdale, NY and at Stern College for Women.

Rabbi Finkelstein earned his BA in psychology from Yeshiva College and received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1989, where he studied with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He completed his coursework toward a PhD in medieval Jewish history at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School, where he wrote his dissertation for his Masters’ degree on the Medieval talmudist, RASHBAM.

Rabbi Finkelstein is the founder of the Akiva Institute of Memphis, an institute of learning at his congregation. He is also credited for “Speak Hebrew Memphis!” a program to encourage the spoken word of Hebrew in his city. His shul website (asbee.net) contains divrei torah on an array of topics and enjoyable programming for children.


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