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Levi Cooper (also known as The Maggid of Melbourne) is an Orthodox Jewish teacher, author, and community leader who lives in Tzur Hadassah, Israel. He is a faculty member of the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where he teaches Midrash, Talmud, Rambam, and Hasidism. Originally from Australia, Cooper lectures extensively on the topics of law and Halakha, Jewish spirituality and Hasidic thought. Since 1996, he has also served as a historian with Heritage Seminars. He has studied at Chabad, Yeshivat Sha'alvim, the Kollel at Bar-Ilan University and Beit Morasha.
He has been a post-doctoral fellow in Bar-Ilan University's Faculty of Law and Inter-University Academic Partnership in Russian and Eastern European Studies. Cooper established the synagogue HaTzur VeHaTzohar Congregation in the Jerusalem suburb, Tzur Hadassah.
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Cooper has presented research papers for the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Bar-Ilan University, the Foundation for Jewish Studies, the World Congress of Jewish Studies, and has published in many journals, such as the Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion and the Jewish Political Studies Review.
His first book, Relics for the Present was published by Koren Publishers Jerusalem in June 2012. Alan Jay Gerber, writing in The Jewish Star called the work an application of Dr. Israel Drazin's observation "Many rabbis write books based on Torah verses, which they use as a backdrop for their ideas about contemporary society and the application of what they consider moral principles to various modern problems.” A second volume followed in 2016.
Since 2015, the Maggid of Melbourne has a popular ongoing podcast series, where he shares snippets of his research, learning, and teaching.
- Relics for the Present II: Contemporary Reflections on the Talmud Berakhot II. Koren, 2016. ISBN 9781592644421.
- Relics for the Present: Contemporary Reflections on the Talmud Berakhot I. Koren, 2012. ISBN 9781592643608.
- The Mizhinik and the Mizhinke, second edition Jerusalem 2013 [Hebrew and English].
- Berakhot Ya‘ateh Moreh: Timepieces in Hasidic Lore Zur Hadassa: Devarim Meiheksheram Publishing, 2010 [Hebrew].
- Mizhinke Jerusalem 2006 [Hebrew and English].
- Royal Connections: Hasidic Masters from the House of Ruzhin-Boyan and Hasidic Masters from the House of Habad Jerusalem, 2004 [Hebrew/Yiddish].
- Heritage Haggadah Companion: Selections for the Seder Table Dedicated to the Memory of Polish Jewry co-authored with Dr. David I. Bernstein, Jerusalem 1999.
- "Maggid of Melbourne: Karlin classics". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com.
- "Our Historians".Heritage Seminars.
- Mezuman, Yaniv (9 March 2008). "קהילה בשבוע: "הצור והצוהר" בצור הדסה". ynet. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- Cooper, Levi (2012-05-24). "The Tisch: The embodiment of Torah". Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "TOWARDS A JUDICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF RABBI SHNEUR ZALMAN OF LIADY". Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion. Accessed September 20, 2016.
- "Dr. Levi Cooper". Accessed September 20, 2016.
- Gerber, Alan Jay. "The Kosher Bookworm: Contemporary reflections on Mesechet Berachot from Rabbi Levi Cooper". September 6, 2012. Accessed September 20, 2016.
- "A Shot of Torah – the Maggid of Melbourne". Elmad. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
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