Exploring Sacred Spaces Ep. 1: Octagon Synagogues, Tradition, and Innovation

Posted by Levi Cooper on July 31, 2023
Topics: Exploring Sacred Spaces, The Maggid of Melbourne


In this first episode of “Exploring Sacred Spaces,” the Maggid of Melbourne takes us back to 1787, exploring a responsum by Rabbi Yehezkel Landau that discusses whether it is permissible to build a synagogue in the shape of an octagon rather than a square.

Credits: Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper – Pardes Faculty



About Levi Cooper

Levi teaches Bible, Hasidut, Maimonides and Midrash at Pardes. Originally from Australia, Levi holds an LL.B., LL.M. and Ph.D. from the Law Faculty of Bar-Ilan University, and is a member of the Israel Bar Association. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Law Faculty of Bar-Ilan University and post-doctoral fellow in the Law Faculty of Tel Aviv University. Click here to read more. You can find books written by Levi by clicking here

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