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Rabbi Moshe Tessone

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Rabbi Moshe Tessone is Director of The Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University and a distinguished faculty member at Yeshiva University’s Belz School of Jewish Music and at the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies (IBC) where he teaches Halakha (Jewish law) and Sephardic customs.

Moshe Tessone has toured extensively throughout North America, Latin America and Israel as a distinguished speaker on topics related to Torah, issues of Sephardic interest and Jewish education. He has also performed as a concert soloist featuring Judeo Arabic and Judeo Spanish religious music, prayer and liturgy.

Rabbi Tessone received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, and earned his Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at YU.

Moshe Tessone released his debut Sephardic Album/CD, entitled Odeh La’ El in Jan 2005. His newer album of original Jewish Sephardic pop music entitled Hakshiva was released in March of 2006, to great acclaim.

Sample Titles

  • Contemporary Sephardic Communities in America: Who Are the Sephardim?
  • Jewish Leadership in the Sephardic Community: Understanding the Culture of the Sephardic Communal World
  • Sephardic Liturgical Music: Judeo Arabic and Judeo Spanish Sounds and History
  • Sephardim Vs Mizrahim: A Cultural and Halakhic Comparison
  • Sephardic Integration: A Jewish Communal Challenge
  • Middle Eastern Jewry: Understanding Judeo Arabic Culture
  • Jewish Communities of The Islamic World : A Historical and Cultural Overview
  • The Syrian Community of North America: A Historical Overview, and it’s Communal Life
  • The Jews of Panama: A Historical Overview and Communal Life
  • The Secret to Jewish Prayer: Understanding the concept of Avodah She’Balev
  • The Jewish Patriarchs as a Paradigm of Jewish History: “Ma’aseh Avot Seeman Le’banim”
  • How Can We Learn from Jewish Role Models: The Life and Times of Avraham, Yitzhak & Yaakov
  • Expressing Gratitude Through Hallel: Understanding The Halakhic and Talmudic Sources for Hallel
  • Hallel on Yom Ha’atzmaut? : Is There a Halakhic Basis?

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