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Rabbi Ari Shishler

South Africa
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returns 11/03/2016

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I am a rabbi who loves teaching, through writing and speaking. In 1999, my wife and I started our own Chabad House and it's grown exponentially. I'm also the learning director at Chabad House of Johannesburg, a high school teacher and the father of young children. As you can imagine, I get to answer lots of questions every day. I'd be glad to answer your questions on Judaism, Jewish spirituality and practice.

Experience in the area

I have been a practicing Orthodox rabbi since 1997 and have headed my own community since 1999. I teach Talmud at a religious high school in Johannesburg and give daily lectures to adults on Jewish practice, spiritualty, Chassidic philosophy and Kabbalah. I'm the campus rabbi at our two major universities in Johannesburg.


Chabad-Lubavitch South African Rabbinical Association.


Monthly column in Jewish Life magazine, South Africa. Jewish Tradition, South Africa. Jewish Report, South Africa. South African Union of Jewish Students annual Holiday guide. Jewish Observer, South Africa. Nshei Chabad Newsletter, NY. Jewish Online Magazine. www.chabad.org


After completing high scool, I spent six years studying in Rabbinical seminaries in South Africa, Israel and New York.

Past/Present Clients

www.chabad.org www.askmoses.com ChaiFM (www.chaifm.com) Jewish Life magazine

What do you like about this subject?

Orthodox Judaism is my life- it guides me in all I do. I find it inspiring, focusing and meaningful.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Torah is endless- I want to keep learning and discovering.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

There's really nothing orthodox about Judaism.

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Recent Answers from Rabbi Ari Shishler

2016-08-26 the rights and duties of a Jewish King:

Hi Patrick    Thank you for your question. Isn't it odd, yet so common, that people would simply accept "too many", without questioning how much is "too much"?    As you have noted, the Talmud concludes

2016-08-04 regarding Adam:

Hi Amtry    There are few layers to why G-d created humans (or Adam as the first human). The one is that G-d is the ultimate source of kindness and the nature of kindness is to share kindness. To do that

2016-08-01 Regarding Abraham:

Hi Amtry    There are no Jewish sources that corroborate this story, as far as I am aware.     Jews left Israel when the occupying forces of the Romans invaded Israel and destroyed the Jewish Temple in

2016-07-28 Regarding messiah:

Hi Amtry    Yes, the Jewish people look forward to the coming of the Messiah. We believe that he has not yet come, but that his arrival is imminent.     The one quality that has been missing from all previous

2016-07-12 Adam & Eve:

Hi Jennifer    The Torah says that Adam and Eve had a son, Seth, after 130 years. The Talmud understands that they separated from each other for those 130 years, as they embarked on a thorough process


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