Join Rabbi David Sedley as explores the life and times of Rabbi Akiva, who grew up a shepherd and did not start learning Torah until after age 40. From there he went on to become one of the greatest Tannaim of his generation, with many legends and stories telling about his position as teacher and his part in the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans.
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.