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Rabbi Y. Chazan

Rabbi Yossi Chazan was born in New York, USA and educated at the celebrated Mesifta Torah VeDaas. He is a graduate from Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim (Lubavitch) in Kfar Chabad, New Haven, Montreal and New York.

In 1981 Rabbi Chazan became a Kollel fellow at the Yeshiva Centre in Melbourne, Australia, from where he developed a reputation for scholarship and excellence. In 1984 he was appointed Director of Education at the Jewish Cultural Leisure Centre where his reputation grew as a vibrant and challenging leader serving both the immediate North Manchester Jewish community and regionally in the North of England.

In 1991 Rabbi Chazan accepted the offer of Rabbi of the prestigious Holy Law South Broughton Hebrew Congregation and his skilled erudition extended his widening fame within the community, interpreting with lucidity and clarity difficult and problematic portions of Torah, Talmud and Halocho. For many years his weekly summer series of Shabbat afternoon Shiurim have attracted a broad spectrum of North Manchester Jewry, with men and women attending regularly in their hundreds. Rabbi Chazan is a tireless worker within his congregation, which is very proud of his unstinting parochial work from giving Shiurim to visiting the sick in hospitals, to helping individuals, couples and the young and old in a friendly and welcoming manner.

He is known locally as 'The Rabbi who never sleeps' for if Rabbi Chazan is not working for his own shul, every other minute of the day is taken-up with learning, visiting local high schools, delivering Shiurim and offering a whole host of associations, friendship groups and individuals his support and energy. All this is completed with time to spare for what has become an energetic yearly international speaking tour, which can include three of five continents.

Change and innovation in the Halachic process
Compromise as an Halachic alternative
Ethical guidelines in treating elderly parents: housing, mental incompetence, etc.
Halachic aspects of chinuch (training children in Jewish observance)
Keeping up with the Goldberg's - The Chumra Syndrome
Music in Halachic perspective
Parallel traditions: S'fardim and Ashkenazim
Shidduchim: finding marriage partners for children
The parameters of Rabbinic authority
The role of scientific information in Halachic decision making
Who is an Apikores (heretic)?
Women and Jewish communal leadership
Women and the redemption of the Jewish people
Drug Abuse (Tape 1 of 2)
Earning a Living and the Kollel Student
Jewish Professional life in a secular world
Mysticism and The Paranormal - Dangers & Opportunities
Praying at the gravesites of Tzadikim
The Modern Synagogue and the Empty Pew
The Spiritual History of the Torah (Tape 1 of 4)
The Spiritual History of the Torah (Tape 2 of 4)
The Spiritual History of the Torah (Tape 3 of 4)
The Spiritual History of the Torah (Tape 4 of 4)
Who's the Boss - Faith and Human Initiative
Women in the Synagogue and Study Hall
Moshiach and the Millennium
Moshiach: Is it still an issue?
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