Hillel: Hillel Hazaken
Hillel Hazaken (often known simply as Hillel) is one of the major figures who strongly influenced how Judaism is practiced to this day.
This class discusses Hillel’s origins as a poor student of Shmaya and Avtalyon. We talk about his return from Babylon and how he replaced Bnei Beteira as the leader — a position that remained permanently in the hands of his descendants.
We look at a few of the teachings of Hillel and the origins of dispute between his students and those of Shammai.
Rabbi David Sedley lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children. He was born and raised in New Zealand before making Aliya in 1992. He left Israel temporarily (for eight years) to serve as a communal Rabbi in Scotland and England and returned to Israel in 2004. He has translated Rabbeinu Yonah's commentary on Pirkei Avos and is the co-author of Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer (both Judaica Press). Over the years Rabbi Sedley has worked as a journalist, a translator, a video director and in online reputation management. He also writes a weekly Torah blog on the Times of Israel - https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/david-sedley.