Irwin Beutel z"l Lecture Series


A Shabbat with Joseph Telushkin

America's foremost lecturer and best-selling author on Jewish literacy and ethics.

Friday Night

The Rebbe: From Kennedy to Reagan, Rabin to Begin, Wiesel to Dylan
A biographer speaks speaks out on the most influential rabbi of the century.

Shabbat Day Ten
Questions for Joseph Telushkin
On: Teaching children kindness. Dealing with stress and worries. What Kosher teaches us. Achieving forgiveness. Evaluating self-worth. Dealing with financial loss. The power of speech. How to love your spouse. And more.

Shabbat Afternoon
How Humor informs Jewish Culture

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In this enlightening biography, Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a towering figure who saw beyond conventional boundaries to turn his movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, into one of the most dynamic and widespread organizations ever seen in the Jewish world. At once an incisive work of history and a compendium of Rabbi Schneerson's teachings, Rebbe is the definitive guide to understanding one of the most vital, intriguing figures of the last centuries.

From his modest headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Rebbe advised some of the world's greatest leaders and shaped matters of state and society. Statesmen and artists as diverse as Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Yitzchak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Elie Wiesel, and Bob Dylan span the spectrum of those who sought his counsel.  Rebbe explores Schneerson's overarching philosophies against the backdrop of treacherous history, revealing his clandestine operations to rescue and sustain Jews in the Soviet Union, and his critical role in the expansion of the food stamp program throughout the United States. More broadly, it examines how he became in effect an ambassador for Jews globally, and how he came to be viewed by many as not only a spiritual archetype but a once in a millennium leader. 

Praise for Telushkin's Book: Rebbe

[An] excellent new biography of Chabad’s great 20th-century leader… For all his immense achievements, the Rebbe’s power ultimately came from a simple message that anyone can appreciate. As Mr. Telushkin puts it: ‘Love your fellow, and not just those who agree with you….’ Mesmerizing.” —Wall Street Journal

“Through his clear and unambiguous prose cultivated from many sources, Telushkin recounts how the Rebbe fundamentally transformed notions of human potential, as he believed individuals were capable of much more than we imagine for ourselves... Rebbe will be a staple of rabbinic biography for years to come.” —Huffington Post

Whether you are a believer, an admirer or a respectful skeptic, you will learn much from this deep and accessible account of a truly great man by a great writer.” —Alan M. Dershowitz, professor emeritus, Harvard Law School.

About Telushkin
Talk Magazine has called Telushkin as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States. He is the author more than 15 books on Jewish literacy and ethics.

Rabbi Telushkin’s earlier book, Words that Hurt, Words that Heal became the motivating force behind Senators Joseph Lieberman and Connie Mack’s 1996 Senate Resolution # 151 to establish a “National Speak No Evil Day” throughout the United States. He has also written Jewish Humor:  What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews.  Larry Gelbart, author of Mash and Tootsie said that “I don’t know if Jews are really the chosen people, but I think Joseph Telushkin’s book makes a strong argument that we’re the funniest.”  
Telushkin is also co-author with Dennis Prager of  The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, hailed by Herman Wouk as “the intelligent skeptic’s guide to Judaism.”

Telushkin writings include fiction and drama.   In 1997, his novel, An Eye for an Eye, became the basis for four episodes of David Kelley’s Emmy Award-winning ABC TV series, The Practice, and he has co-written  three additional episodes of the program.  He also co-wrote an episode of the TV series, Touched By An Angel, for Kirk Douglas, in which Mr. Douglas stars as a man who, after a lifetime of struggle with his faith, returns to God and Judaism.  Telushkin was the co-writer with David Brandes and the Associate Producer of the 1991 film, The Quarrel.  . In 2004, Toby Press published his novel, Heaven’s Witness, co-written with Allen Estrin, a murder mystery which deals with the themes of reincarnation and life after death.  He and Mr. Estrin have recently completed a screenplay of the novel for a TV movie to air on CBS.

Telushkin latest book is the widely acclaimed best-seller "The Rebbe" - The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History.

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