Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz
This video is only a snippet of a lecture given by Rabbi Tatz. I found his explanation of the Shema to be most enlightening. You can listen to the rest of this lecture at the following website:
You can find Rabbi Tatz's other lectures at the following websites:
Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz is an international lecturer and author of note. He has written five highly acclaimed works on the deeper aspects of Judaism, some of which have been translated into Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Rabbi Tatz lectures on the spiritual and philosophical ideas within Judaism. His topics include "Enlightenment of the Soul", "Life Ordeals", "Predestination and Free Will" and "The World to Come".
Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied medicine at the University of Witwatersrand and graduated with distinction in surgery. He spent a year in St. Louis, Missouri, as an American Field Service Scholar and subsequently returned there for elective work in internal medicine at Washington University.
Dr. Tatz served as medical officer in the South African Defence force and completed a tour of duty on the Namibian border during the conflict there. He subsequently moved to Israel where he practised both in hospital and general medicine in Jerusalem, as well as engaging in Yeshiva study.
After practising medicine and studying in Yeshiva concurrently for some time, Dr. Tatz undertook a number of years of Talmudic study and later teaching in Jewish thought and medical ethics in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Dr. Tatz founded the Jerusalem Medical Ethics Forum, of which he is Director, for the purpose of teaching and promoting knowledge of Jewish medical ethics internationally.
He has written a number of books on the subject of Jewish thought and philosophy: Anatomy of a Search, which documents the process of transition from secular to observant lifestyles among modern Jews, Living Inspired and Worldmask.
Dr. Tatz is the co-author of Reb Simcha Speaks, and has recently published The Thinking Jewish Teenager's Guide to Life. His work has been translated into Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.
He currently lectures on Jewish thought and medical ethics at the Jewish Learning Exchange in London and internationally.