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Levi Brackman (born 1978) is a Judaic scholar, rabbi, teacher, writer, and religious leader who has been active in both England and the United States, and whose writings are featured regularly in publications internationally, including in Yedioth Ahronoth and The Guardian. Although self-identified as Orthodox, Brackman supports Avi Weiss in the ordination of women as clergy.
Upbringing and education
A native of London, Brackman studied at Yeshivot in Israel, America and Canada and has taught classes in Halacha, Talmud, prayer and Jewish mysticism at Yeshivat Hadar Hatorah in New York and at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi of the Tzemach Tzedek rabbinical college in the Old City of Jerusalem and has a graduate degree from University College London.
Levi Brackman comes from a family of seven boys and two girls. Four of his brothers are rabbis, including Rabbi Eli Brackman, director of Chabad Society and The David Slager Jewish Student Centre both at Oxford University, UK.
In January 2001, Brackman was appointed to the position of senior rabbi at the Enfield & Winchmore Hill Synagogue where he become known for his inspiring sermons, thought-provoking articles, lively and insightful lectures, and effective life and marriage counseling. He no longer holds that position.
Brackman is founding member and executive director of The Movement for a Tolerant World, an organization that offers young people in Asia, the Middle East and other parts of the globe, a positive and tolerant ideology that provides them with the opportunity to make real and positive changes in their community and the world.
In August 2005, Brackman started a Jewish outreach and cultural organization entitled Judaism in the Foothills, which serves the Foothill communities in the western part of the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. Brackman is the executive director of Judaism in the Foothills. In January 2009 Brackman founded Youth Directions which is an organization that helps at risk-youth find direction.
Publications and works
Brackman's weekly column, which is distributed over the Internet to thousands globally, is also published on Israeli daily Yedioth Achronoth's English-language website "YNetNews.com", as well as a regular contributor to The Guardian.
Brackman is co-author of Jewish Wisdom for Business Success: Lesson from the Torah and Other Ancient Texts with Sam Jaffe.
- New York Times: Writers Say the Torah Holds Key to Success in Business.