Rabbi Tovia Halberstam (1912-1991)
Was born is a shtetl near Rzeszow, Poland. A scion of leading Chassidic dynesties, Rabbi Halberstam's father was the first Chassidic Rebbe in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Rabbi Halberstam received his rabbinical ordination from the Yeshiva Torah Vodaath.
A scholar and teacher of Chassidism and Chassidic lore, Rabbi Halberstam is the author of an acclaimed collection of the work of his ancestorm the renowned Chassidic Rebbe, the Bnei Yissocher.
Rabbi Halberstam also was a prolific journalist and writer of essays, stories, and poetry in Yiddish.
Grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn, where both his grandfathers were Chassidic rebbes. He continued his Talmudic studies in rabbinical school and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from New York University.
Halberstam has taught at NYU and Teachers College, Columbia University, and is currently a professor at BCC/City University of New York, where he teaches philosophy and communications.
He is a frequent guest on television and National Public Radio, and a speaker for a wide array of audiences on philosophy, Judaism, and current social issues.
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