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Bridging Traditions

Demystifying Differences Between Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews

Maggid 2022

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As the rabbi of a Sephardic synagogue for over twenty years who is himself of Ashkenazic descent and trained in Ashkenazic yeshivot, Rabbi Haim Jachter has a unique vantage point from which to observe the differences in customs and halachot between Ashkenazim and Sephardim. In Bridging Traditions: Demystifying Differences Between Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews (Maggid, 2022), Rabbi Jachter applies his wide-ranging expertise to explaining an encyclopedic array of divergences between Ashkenazic and Sephardic halachic practice, while also capturing the diversity within different Sephardic communities. 

Join us as we talk with Rabbi Haim Jachter about his recent book, Bridging Traditions.

Rabbi Haim (Howard) Jachter, who lives with his wife and children in Teaneck, New Jersey, is a veteran teacher of Judaic studies at Torah Academy, serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic congregation of Teaneck, and Dayan on the Beit Din of Elizabeth.

Michael Morales is Professor of Biblical Studies at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and the author of The Tabernacle Pre-Figured: Cosmic Mountain Ideology in Genesis and Exodus (Peeters, 2012), Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?: A Biblical Theology of Leviticus (IVP Academic, 2015), and Exodus Old and New: A Biblical Theology of Redemption (IVP Academic, 2020). He can be reached at

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