Oct 3, 2018
Rabbi Yossi Groner is senior rabbi and
spiritual leader of Congregation Ohr Ha Torah, a Jewish Orthodox
congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the founder
and director of the Charlotte Chabad House, a Jewish educational
resource and outreach center whose offerings include weekly
lectures on the Bible, Talmud and Kabbalah. The Chabad House is an
affiliate of the International Chabad-Lubavitch movement, with its
headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Rabbi Groner is co-founder of
Charlotte Jewish Day School and The Jewish Preschool. He is a
visiting rabbi at several correctional institutes, including the
Mecklenburg County and Guilford County jails. Rabbi Groner leads
the highly acclaimed Charlotte Jewish Learning Institute which
provides professional courses on Jewish law, ethics and
mysticism. Rabbi Groner was ordained with his rabbinic degree
in Talmudic studies at the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in New
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in the
Chabad-Lubavitch movement, the coming of the Messiah, the Inner
Torah, ethics and mysticism, and what God wants for
IN THIS EPISODE
- Rabbi Groner explains what different branches of
Judaism have in common.
- He answers what makes someone a Jew.
- He discusses the founding of Hasidic Judaism
by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov in the 18th century.
- He talks about the origin and foundation of
- Rabbi Groner explains who is a rebbe and the
role a rebbe plays in Chabad.
- He remembers the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel
- He addresses whether there is a rebbe in Chabad
- He discusses the Jewish belief in the coming of a
Messiah and whether the Rebbe was a messianic figure.
- Rabbi Groner tells a story about consensus among the
- He shares why he believes Chabad is the most dynamic
force within Judaism today.
- He talks about the concept of Immanence, the nature of God,
the inner Torah, and how humans are made in the
image of God.
- He describes his childhood in Crown Heights in
- Rabbi Groner talks about his parents and what was
expected of him as a child.
- He shares when he knew he wanted to be a rabbi and how
he found his way to Charlotte.
- He describes his work teaching Jewish Learning
Institute (JLI) courses on Jewish ethics, law, philosophy
- He addresses the connection between ethics and
- Rabbi Groner reveals what God wants for
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