Rav Saadia is one of the great figures of Jewish history. He changed the geonic literary culture through the introduction of poetry and exegesis. He translated the Bible into Arabic and fought a battle to elevate the status of the Hebrew language. And he gave the first attempt at a coherent Jewish theology. Taken all together, Rav Saadia laid the groundwork for the Middle Ages.
Mike teaches Hasidut, Rav Kook, Halakhah at Pardes. He has learned Torah in a number of Jerusalem area institutions, including Yeshivat HaMivtar, the Mir Yeshiva and Sulam Yaakov. He received smicha (rabbinic ordination) from Sulam Yaakov in conjunction with completing the Israeli Rabbinate’s laws of kashrut certification. Mike has been active in Jewish education, formal and informal, for many years. Click here to read more.