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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 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 […]
The Europeans didn’t know what caused the bubonic plague, but had no trouble blaming the Jews. In the 14th century the bubonic plague ― known as the “Black Death” ― hit Europe. At that time, people had no idea of the causes of diseases and no idea that lack of hygiene caused the spread of […]
Still too young to fight in the army, David becomes Israel’s champion when he slays Goliath. After Prophet Samuel realizes that Saul’s and his descendants will not continue to rule Israel, he goes looking for another candidate. Guided by God, Samuel finds himself in the town of Beit Lechem (today’s Bethlehem), paying a call on […]
King Solomon, the wisest of all men, built the Temple in Jerusalem and reigned over Israel’s golden age. Before David dies, he appoints as king his son Solomon, who is 12 years old at the time, with these words: “I go the way of all the earth. You shall be strong, therefore, and show yourself […]
To the Greeks, what was beautiful was holy; to the Jews, what was holy was beautiful. These views were bound to clash. The 4th century BCE has been eventful for the Jewish people: Exiled to Babylon, they witness the fall of a mighty empire before their very eyes as the Persians invade. Permitted to return […]
The oldest and most stable of Jewish communities was spared the ravages of holy warriors. The story of the Jews of Babylon of necessity begins some 1,000 years before our current timeline ― in the 434 BCE, when the Babylonians first marched on Israel as part of their campaign to stake claim to the former […]
At a time of cruel oppression, splinter sects spring up in belief that the apocalypse is at hand. The century and half that follows the completion of the Mishna corresponds to period in history when the Roman Empire adopts Christianity. The empire’s “conversion” from paganism to Christianity will have a severe impact on the Jews. […]
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 […]
Where did the values and principles of the modern world come from? While developing an idea for a lecture program, I conducted a series of surveys over a period of two years, asking people to list the fundamental values and principles which they felt we needed to uphold in order to make our world as […]
God gave Abraham and his family the Land of Israel as a laboratory where his descendants are supposed to create the nation that’s the model for the world. The early history of the Jewish people begins in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 12, when God first speaks to Abraham, and continues through to the end […]
Every major disaster in Jewish history is connected to the 9th of Av. It all began with the 12 spies. After a year at Mount Sinai, the Jewish people pack up their portable sanctuary and come to the borders of the Land of Israel. They should have entered the land at this point, but the […]