About the Author


Rabbi Benji Levy

Rabbi Benji Levy is the CEO of Mosaic United, a $200m joint venture partnership between Israel and the Diaspora to strengthen Jewish identity and connections to Israel for youth around the world.

Previously he served for six years as the Dean of Moriah College in Sydney Australia, one of the largest Jewish schools in the world, with over 1,800 pre-kindergarten through high school students. There he created a renaissance in Jewish Life and Learning and was instrumental in growing the teen Israel program.

Levy was awarded the ‘Educator of the Year Award’ by JNF Australia for his leadership and service and founded several successful educational programs. In January of 2019, he was named by Mekor Rishon as one of the top three global change-makers working behind the scenes for Diaspora Jewry.

He holds a BA in Media and Communications and Honors in Jewish Civilization, Thought & Culture from the University of Sydney, an Education degree from Herzog College in Israel, and is an ordained rabbi. He is currently completing his PhD in Jewish philosophy for which he received the Australian Postgraduate Award. Levy is married with four children.


Gaining Perspective

‘God said to Abram, “Go for yourself from your land, your birthplace and your...

Noah vs. Moses: The Path to an Elevated Existence

At the start of his namesake portion, Noah is described in a manner that reflects his initial...

A Life Worth Sharing

Created at the dawn of existence, Adam has the entire world at his disposal and yet this is still...

Invest Wisely

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Ideals and Reality - Two Strands of One Thread

As we near the closing section of the Torah, Parashat Ha’azinu begins, ‘Give ear, O...

Lessons in Leadership

Great leaders do not lead in a vacuum. They are part of a train of transmission. They are beholden...

From Heaven to Earth and Back Again

There is an enigmatic passage in the midst of Parashat Nitzavim: If your dispersed ones shall be...

Increasing Good is the Antidote to Evil

Parashat Ki Tavo begins by listing the steps we should take upon entering our homeland. We must...

Treating Animals Properly

One of the greatest moral developments in the last century is reflected in the way we treat...

The Fear of Fear

Fear is one of the most powerful emotions in the human experience and presents itself at some of...

Telescopic Tzedaka

The creation of the Internet has changed the notion of interconnectedness for eternity. Today,...

Sometimes Less is More

Despite the fact that God has informed him that he will not be the one to bring the Jewish people...

Yitro, the Anonymous Messenger

In the final five weeks of his life, Moses attempts to remind his beloved people of the...

A Journeying Nation

The Torah goes into an unusual level of detail describing the 42 journeys of the Jewish people...

Running Away from Who We’re Not

We are almost at the finish line. We can see it. We can feel it. Just a tiny bit further. But we...

Drawing Lines

Parashat Balak has all the makings of a crazy pantomime – a frightened king, an evil prophet...

Consistent Passion

Pinchas courageously takes a stand against the rampant wave of idolatry and sexual immorality...

A Time to Strike & A Time to Speak

Parashat Chukkat contains one of the most enigmatic episodes of the Torah: God asks Moses to...

Look Who’s Talking

Whether it’s criticism of the person they are or the position they hold, everyone has seen...

When Perception Becomes Reality

How does one assess oneself? Do we look at ourselves in the mirror or try project an appraisal...

Image is Nothing – Taste is Everything

Above all else, a leader needs to understand his people. Throughout his years of leadership, Moses...

Making Sanctity Count

Written texts are generally supposed to be well structured, with a clear and logical flow of...

Finding Comfort Beyond Our Comfort Zone

Just like football teams and countries, each of the tribes of Israel has its own flag and symbols...

Walking the Right Way

As the Torah approaches the end of the Book of Leviticus, it dedicates several chapters to a...

Positive Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is generally viewed as a negative concept – a phenomenon that encourages...

Righteousness vs. Self-Righteousness

In its description of the priests, the Torah discusses their unique status, one that...

The Weakness of Playing to One’s Strengths

When growing up, children are often taught to seek out their strengths and play to them. Within...

A Moral Compass

Immediately prior to detailing the forbidden sexual relationships, God declares: ‘My...

Abstinence is Only Stage One

Tzaraat, commonly translated as leprosy, is the physical manifestation of a spiritual malady, and...

Pleasure is in the Eye of the Beholder

It is always interesting to note how two people can see the exact same thing in two completely...

The Fins and Scales of Continuity

According to the great sage Ben Zoma, the definition of Jewish wisdom is to learn from every...

Taking Out the Trash

How do you begin your day? Some people start with a cup of coffee, and others with a brisk walk....

The Power of Purpose

When assessing the value of goods, most people measure the physical quality of the product or the...

Translating Ideas Into Ideals

Following the completion of the Tabernacle and its various components, Moses inspects and approves...

Wisdom of the Heart

In general, the head is perceived to be the seat of wisdom and intellect, while the heart is the...

Holiness Requires Preparation

One of the integral parts of the Tabernacle was the copper (nechoshet) basin,[1] provided for...

Clothes Make the Man Think

How significant is the way one presents oneself? On the one hand we are instructed to look beyond...

Inside Out

God commands the Jewish people to establish a dwelling place for him, 'make for me a Sanctuary -...

Juggling Through Life

Immediately following the monumental episode of the Ten Commandments, the Torah launches into the...

Life's Blessings

The giving of the Torah is considered to be one of the most far-reaching episodes known to...

Get Your Hands Dirty

Amidst the epic events of the Exodus, the Torah's words are triumphant, celebratory and truly...

Emancipation From Modern Slavery

Parashat Bo contains the fateful moment when Pharaoh frees the Jewish people from centuries of...

Realizing the Potential

The Talmud states that when Moses was born, the entire house was filled with light,[1] indicating...

The Upstander Effect

Where no one is stepping forward to act, it is upon us to be that person and offer a voice to the voiceless.

Hanukkah & Weddings: The Deeper Connection

Celebrating Hanukkah represents the same type of joy as getting married – we actively choose who we love in order to continue our people.

3 Tips for A Great Yom Kippur

Ideas on how to make your Synagogue experience meaningful.

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