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WorldPerfect: The Jewish Impact on Civilization

Thursday, November 16 at 6 pm

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Longtime Museum Trustee, Joseph Zuritsky, Chairman and CEO of Parkway Corporation, invites you for an evening with Rabbi Ken Spiro who will explore more than three thousand years of Jewish contributions to Western Civilization.

Rabbi Spiro – author of WorldPerfect – is only in Philadelphia from Israel for a short engagement this fall.  His quick-paced and humorous style, along with an ability to explain deep concepts clearly, will leave an impact that lasts long after his presentation.
Light reception and book signing immediately to follow.
Sponsored by Joe and Renee Zuritsky.

Rabbi Spiro is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorahs Discovery Seminars. In addition, he is a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism.

About the author
Rabbi Spiro is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorahs Discovery Seminars. In addition, he is a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Rabbi Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and did graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow.

He has an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem.

He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs such as B.B.C. Radio and TV., The National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, Channel 4 England and Arutz Sheva-Israel National Radio. He is the author of WorldPerfect – The Jewish Impact on Civilization published by HCI books and Crash Course in Jewish History published by Targum Press. His writings and seminars can be accessed on this website and

Born and raised in the U.S. Rabbi Spiro has lived in Israel since 1982. He served in a combat infantry unit in the IDF. A father of five children, he currently lives near Jerusalem in Givat Zeev.

About the book
In pursuit of an answer to the question of what would constitute a perfect world, author Ken Spiro questioned more than 1,500 people of various backgrounds and religions. His findings revealed six core elements: Respect for human life; peace and harmony; justice and equality; education; family; and social responsibility. He then set off on a journey to find out why these were such common goals across cultural, economic, social and racial lines, and in the process, traced the history of the development of world religions, values and ethics.

As a rabbi, he paid particular attention to how Judaism impacted, and was influenced by, the course of these developments. The result is a highly readable and well-documented book about the origins of values and virtues in Western civilization as influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Christians, Muslims and, most significantly, the Jews.
The history of religion, presented in Spiro’s highly readable style, is a fascinating and timely subject, especially in today’s volatile religious climate. Spiro divides his book into five engaging parts:

•    Where the Quality of Mercy Was Not Strained: The World of Greece and Rome
•    Against the Grain: The Jewish View
•    A Father to Many Nations: Abraham and the Implications of Monotheism
•    With Sword and Fire: The Rise of Christianity and Islam
•    The New Promised Land: Impact of Judaism on Liberal Democracies

Readers of all faiths will find that the elements of a perfect world can only be achieved by a common understanding of our mutual backgrounds and that our diverse religions are all merely branches growing from one single tree.

Event type:Books & Writers, Lectures & Discussions