The Maggid of Melbourne: Torah Insights from Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper

Embark on an intellectual journey through Jewish law, and lore with the Maggid of Melbourne in this Pardes podcast and article series.

Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper, the Maggid of Melbourne, invites us to join him on an exploration of a wide array of Jewish ideas and their relevance in our contemporary Jewish lives.

The Maggid of Melbourne features both written and podcast series, each taking an in-depth look at a different Jewish topic. Whether you are interested in the laws of government according to halakha or learning about the spiritual practices of the Hasidic masters, you are sure to find inspiration with the Maggid of Melbourne, Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper. 


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2024 / 5784 Schedule

Online Winter Seminar

January 14 - 16, 2024

Summer In-Person Seminar

June 30 - July 4, 2024

Torah for Tough Times

On October 7, as Jews around the world were celebrating Simchat Torah, terrorists crossed into Israel attacking communities across southern Israel. While left reeling from the pain of this tragedy, many of us are wondering, how do we pray during a time such as this? What guidance does the Torah have for us during such tough times?

In this timely series, Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper examines some of the questions that have arisen within his own community.

Pidyon Shvuyim: Redeeming Captives

As the Jewish world waits and prays for news of the over 200 hostages held by Hamas, the Maggid of Melbourne takes an in-depth look into the mitzvah of pidyon shvuyim, redeeming captives, in a new podcast series.

Timely Articles by Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper

Meet the Host: Rabbi  Dr. Levi Cooper

Originally from Australia, Levi currently teaches Hasidut, Maimonides, Midrash, and Halakhic History at Pardes. Levi holds an LL.B, LL.M. and Ph.D from the Law Faculty of Bar-Ilan University and has been awarded numerous post-doctoral research grants from universities across Israel and abroad.

Levi is also the spiritual leader of Kehillat HaTzur VeHaTzohar in Zur Hadassa, a mixed religious and secular neighborhood out of Jerusalem. In addition, he is a Teaching Fellow in the Law Faculty of Tel Aviv University. He served as a commander of an infantry unit in the IDF Reserves, and has a long history of communal work with organizations such as the National Library of Israel, Tzohar, and the Jewish Community of Istanbul.

Levi is the author of the two-part book series Relics for the Present, with a new book, Hasidic Relics to be released in 2023.

Podcasts and Articles by the Maggid of Melbourne