Aaron L. Raskin

Aaron L. Raskin

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Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin is known both as a dynamic and charismatic speaker in the Greater New York City area, and as a scholar of note. He serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights (the only Orthodox Synagogue in Downtown Brooklyn), and his weekly lectures on the Torah portion are broadcast on the Web at www.Jewish.TV. Raskin's primary areas of scholarship include Aleph-Bet studies (including not only the Hebrew letters' graphic design but their unique, scribal anomalies), Gematria (the numerical values assigned to individual Hebrew letters and words) and Hassidus (a mystical- and heart-based tradition of Jewish hermeneutics, storytelling and observance that originated in 18th-century Russia). These interests are evidenced by his published works which include "By Divine Design, the Kabbalah of Large Small and Missing Letters in the Parshah" and "Letters Of Light: A Mystical Journey Through The Hebrew Alphabet." Raskin is also frequently asked for advice on the topic of leadership by the Wall Street and judicial communities (his constituency largely composed of lawyers, judges and financial professionals) and in 2008 co-authored with Swiss Consulting Group CEO Thomas Zweifel "The Rabbi & The CEO: The 10 Commandments for 21st Century Leaders." Serving a community at the crossroads of so many other diverging communities in the heart of New York City has made Raskin particularly attuned to the exigencies -- and opportunites -- of answering questions posed across racial, religious, and political divides. He has been consulted as reference by sources religious and secular alike (The New York Daily News; the Oprah Winfrey Network; National Geographic Magazine) and retains a unique position as a respected Jewish leader sensitive to 21st-century secular issues.
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