I am thrilled to be part of Rava-Chicago led my seminary professor and friend, Professor Rabbi Michael Davis! In the style of my beloved teacher, Rabbi Goldhamer, Rava Chicago is providing a house of learning for anyone who comes with an open heart and mind, regardless of gender, race, physical ability, challenges, economic status or other barriers. I am excited to learn, connect and be part of a Jewish institution that will transmit the tradition to all who want to receive it. I look forward to all the new relationships that will emerge.
The “Arabic as a Jewish Language” course that Prof. Rabbi Michael Davis designed was engaging and enlightening. Combining a basic drilling in the fundamentals of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) while also teaching about the place of Arabic in Jewish thought, literature, and civilization was brilliant. Even though most of the Arabic in Jewish history has been Judeo-Arabic, with a different alphabet and lexicon, teaching about the connection with standard Arabic is essential for cross-cultural and interreligious understanding, reminding us just how deeply interconnected and inextricably intertwined our civilizations are. Those who take this course will never interact with Hebrew poetry or prose the same way—the connections and cross-influence are undeniable.
Professor Rabbi Michael Davis was my seminary professor. He is an engaging and entertaining teacher. Rabbi Davis brings ancient languages to life in ways both lyrical and musical.
Rabbi Michael Davis is a man of many talents, a thoughtful, compassionate communicator, and one of the most important interfaith voices we have today.
During my rabbinic studies, I was fortunate to take several courses with Professor Rabbi Davis. He is deeply knowledgeable. His dynamic approach to each topic enlivened the classroom. The Hebrew language classes in particular instilled in me a rich appreciation for the language of our sacred texts and a desire to deepen my own knowledge.