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Karaite Judaism: Areas of Difference and Agreement
Theology, Custom and Practice

Eli'ezer ben Efraim Gayer

Identity & Global Culture, Jewish History

This session will explore the core tenets of belief of Karaite Jews, and explain where Karaite Judaism differs from other Jewish movements and why. It will also compare and contrast differences between Orthodox Halakhah (laws) and Karaite Halakhah and show surprising areas of agreement.  

Eli'ezer ben Efraim Gayer

Eli'ezer, founder of Karaite Jewish University, conducted the first formally recognized conversions of non-Jews to Karaite Judaism since 1465. Born an Orthodox Jew, Eli'ezer joined Karaite Judaism 20 years ago. He holds a LLB and a JD from Western State University, San Diego and has lectured at KJU since its founding. He arranged the first U.S. Karaite wedding which was presided over by Rabbi Moshe Yosef Firrouz, now Chief Rabbi of the Karaite Jews of Israel and Vice-Chancellor of KJU.

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