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Rabbi Ken Spiro
Rabbi Ken Spiro’s quick-paced, humorous style catches and keeps an audience’s interest; his ability to explain deep concepts clearly makes an impact that lasts long after the presentation.
Rabbi Spiro is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorah, Jerusalem. In addition, he is a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism.
Rabbi Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and did graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow.
He has an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem.
He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs such as B.B.C. Radio and TV., The National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, Channel 4 England and Arutz Sheva-Israel National Radio. He is the author of WorldPerfect – The Jewish Impact on Civilization published by HCI books, Crash Course in Jewish History published by Targum Press and Destiny – Why a tiny nation plays such a huge role in history published by Geffen Publishing House. His writings and seminars can be accessed on www.kenspiro.com and www.aish.com.
Born and raised in the U.S. Rabbi Spiro has lived in Israel since 1982. He served in a combat infantry unit in the IDF. A father of five children, he currently lives in Jerusalem .
New Book “Destiny”
Destiny compares the universal plot line of the great Hollywood epics with the major themes and events of Jewish history to show that what humanity views as the greatest drama in fiction and fantasy is – in reality -the true story, mission and destiny of the Jewish people. It is a true-life saga you won’t want to miss – this story is real, and humanity is fast approaching the dramatic climax.
Crash Course in Jewish History Book
From Abraham and the birth of monotheism to the Holocaust and the creation of modern Israel-Crash Course in Jewish History explores 3,800 years of Jewish existence. Ken Spiro takes the reader on a fascinating and informative journey through time, highlighting the key lessons of Jewish and world history and the profound relevance that the past holds for the future of both the Jewish people and humanity.
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King Saul was a great man who committed one terrible mistake, dooming his reign from the start. In his farewell address to his people, Moses prophesied: “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you and inherit it and live in it, and you say, ‘Let us appoint over me […]
King Boleslav of Poland invited the Jews, granting them unprecedented rights and privileges. The period of history we are looking at is known as the Renaissance which historians generally date from about 1350 to about 1650. Renaissance means “rebirth.” Rebirth of what? Of knowledge. We have now left the Dark Ages dominated by the repressive […]
In a seemingly suicidal move, the Jews take on the mighty Romans. A rebellion against Rome in the 1st century CE would be the equivalent today of Israel declaring war on NATO. That’s how mighty Rome was. So how did the Jews decide to take on such a seemingly suicidal challenge? This question has a […]
The Babylonians think God has abandoned the Jews and celebrate. But they have a surprise coming. The Babylonians think God has abandoned the Jews and celebrate. But they have a surprise coming. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, we also wept, when we remembered Zion. We hung our lyres on the willows […]
This is no typical war of conquest. The Book of Joshua begins: And it was after the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, that the Lord said to Joshua the son
Jewish tradition maintains the Romans were descendants of Esau, the bloodthirsty brother of Jacob. Before we tell the story of how the Second Commonwealth of Israel met its sad end at the hands of the Roman Empire, let us step back in time and delve into what Rome was about, and how it became a […]
On the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, the 9th of Av, the Temple burns to the ground. We left off the story in the last installment with Vespasian being made Caesar and returning to Rome. His son Titus now takes over the siege of Jerusalem. Titus attacks just after Passover in the year 70 […]
A madman who murdered his own family and many rabbis, Herod was also the greatest builder in Jewish history. Herod, the Great (not to be confused with Herod Antipas who came later) is one of the most important characters in Jewish history. He was ambitious, cruel and paranoid to be sure, but, nevertheless, he remains […]
The Romans sought to extinguish Jewish presence in Jerusalem by renaming Israel to Palestine. No people had revolted more or caused the Romans greater manpower or material losses than the Jews. But they had done so at a great price to themselves as well. The Roman historian Dio Cassius writes that over half a million […]
The Holy Temple is rebuilt, but is not the same with the Ark of the Covenant missing. The rebuilding of the Temple, which had began under Cyrus when the Persians first took over the Babylonian empire, and which was then interrupted for 18 years, resumed with blessing of Darius II, the Persian king whom we […]
The Jewish revolt against the Greeks sets a precedent as the world’s first religious war. We know the details of the Jewish fight against the Greeks and Hellenism from the two Books of the Maccabees as well as the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus. These chronicles are not included in the Hebrew Bible because […]