Rabbi Hanoch Teller is a globe-trotting modern-day maggid (storyteller of yore) renowned as the King of the Storytellers and the Shakespeare of the Yeshivah World. He has lectured before audiences on five continents, in 40 American States and 24 other countries, delivering a precious and inspiring message that is cherished for a lifetime.
His presentations – imbued with joy and drama, laughter and pathos — provide a one-of-a-kind experience for listeners young and old from all across the spectrum. The classes he teaches in numerous Jerusalem educational institutions are in great demand.
The aptly-named, award winning storyteller and master teacher is also a prolific author, whose critically-acclaimed books (28, at last count) have sold over a quarter-of-a-million copies world-wide, and are translated into five languages. He has also written and produced two popular documentaries: Do You Believe in Miracles? and Reb Elimelech and the Chassidic Legacy of Brotherhood that have been screened and televised the world-over. His wide array of audio lectures on spiritual giants, the lessons of the Holocaust and the birth of the modern city of Bene Brak and various other subjects, have been hailed as “audio and pedagogic classics.”
For decades, Hanoch Teller has been a senior docent at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. His sweeping knowledge and sensitivity help to transform the infinite banality of horror into an intensely personal encounter that participants declare life-changing and unforgettable.
Born in Vienna and raised and educated in America, Hanoch Teller displayed his passion for scholarship early on, when he was the only high-school student in New England selected to serve on the Governors’ Council of Education. He continues to study in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he lives with his wife, Aidel, and their children and grandchildren.
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|“With wit and deep insight, Rabbi Teller is able to convey lessons that are unforgettable and life-changing. Furthermore, as an educator that has traveled the world he is able to offer his students vistas that they would never be exposed to otherwise.”|
Rebbitzen Tzipporah Heller,
|“If you ever questioned your faith, Hanoch Teller will enable you to understand the privilege it is to have it.”|
The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman,
|“Hanoch Teller’s presentation of the Holocaust is unique in its human passion, personal connection and genuinely Jewish perspective.”|
Dr. Gideon Grief,
|“Rabbi Hanoch Teller eloquently articulates, through narratives, what is scientifically unpredictable, unexplainable, unimaginable and yet is so much a part of the human condition. His discourse has a place in the university. It creatively stimulates students to think about their spirituality, a growing theme across campuses.”|
Dr. Rosalind Horowitz,
|“The King of the Storytellers and a modern-day globe-trotting Maggid”|
The Jewish Press
|“The Shakespeare of the Yeshiva World”|
The Jerusalem Post
|"With boundless enthusiasm and a heart to match, Hanoch Teller is a man on a mission, to tell stories grounded in ethical precepts, and to make human kindness something to believe in."|
Julie Salamon, award-winning, bestselling author and writer for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal
|“In Washington and in Jerusalem, on the squash court and off-record, Teller tells the best tales. He is the champion!”|
Arlen Spector, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
|"Hanoch Teller is, among other things, a great storyteller, a polymath, a scholar — and a mentsch."|
AJ Jacobs, bestselling author of Drop Dead Healthy, and The Year of Living Biblically
|“In both his writing and his lectures, Hanoch Teller's work is simultaneously important and entertaining – two qualities that don't normally go together. For those who associate religious devotion and traditional values with grumpy narrow-mindedness, an encounter with Rabbi Teller will surprise you – and probably delight you. His invaluable voice proves that timeless wisdom can be, of all things, refreshing.”|
Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host, bestselling author
|“Rabbi Hanoch Teller has an extraordinary ability to both teach and touch, to convey in an accessible manner deep teachings of the Torah and Talmud, and to open up hearts and listeners to bringing these teachings into their lives. Teller's remarkable stories can bring a person to tears and, more importantly, to action.”|
Joseph Telushkin, bestselling author and noted speaker and scholar
|I've seen Hanoch Teller work his magic with both young and old. He is a master storyteller whose every tale teaches a lesson that remains long after the story ends.”|
Ari Goldman, Professor Columbia School of Journalism, former religion editor The New York Times