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The Names We Call Ourselves

Joseph DweckFilmed at UJIA Sippur 2015

Names fascinate me. I am known by many names, and in this talk I speak about how, as Jews, names carry particular weight, tracing us back generations upon generations to our ancestors before us. How does a person bear such a weight of history on his or her shoulders? And what should we, the Jewish people, call ourselves? What is the full, uncut, nature of our identity?

Rabbi Joseph Dweck is the Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community of the UK. He has studied in Jerusalem at Yeshiva Hazon Ovadia and also studied psychology and philosophy at Santa Monica College in California and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. He received his Semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef under the auspices of the Sephardic Rabbinical College of Brooklyn, New York. Rabbi Dweck served as rabbi of Congregation Shaare Shalom, a Syrian Sephardi synagogue of over 700 members in Brooklyn, and as Headmaster of Barkai Yeshivah, a large Jewish day school, also in Brooklyn. He has an eclectic taste in music and has received training as a hazzan in the Oriental Sephardi tradition. Rabbi Dweck now resides in London with his wife, Margalit, and five children.

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