Rav Moshe Taragin: “Are We Crying Crocodile Tears?”


Sunday 20th July 2014

Rav Moshe Taragin:
“Are We Crying Crocodile Tears?”

Maccabi Centre, Manchester

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Year in, year out, we focus our attention during the Three Weeks on the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash, but do we really understand what that means?  That dark period in Jewish history marked a dramatic and traumatic change in our relationship with HKB”H. What altered religious reality do we inhabit? How can we recover the world from which we fell? What role does mourning play in this recovery process?  Rabbi Taragin will offer a contextual understanding of the temple’s destruction and its relevance today.

About Rav Moshe Taragin

Rabbi Moshe Taragin has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion for the past 20 years. He has Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a BA in Computer Science from Yeshiva College, and an MA in English Literature from City University. Rabbi Taragin previously taught Talmud at Columbia University, lectured in Talmud and Bible at the IBC and JSS divisions of Yeshiva University, and served as Assistant Rabbi at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue. In addition, Rabbi Taragin currently teaches at the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. He is the author of an Internet shiur entitled “Talmudic Methodology” with over 5,000 subscribers, a weekly shiur on Pirkei Avot with over 1,400 subscribers and has delivered hundreds of audio shiurim featured on the Yeshivat Har Etzion “Audio Beit Midrash” (KMTT) as well as on YU Torah online. Rabbi Taragin is currently authoring a Yom Ha’atzmaut Machzor for Koren Publishers, due out in April 2015. Rabbi Taragin, his wife and 8 children reside in Gush Etzion.

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