Rabbi Chaim Greisman was born in Safed and grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, as the first child in a family of ten. He completed 10 years of Yeshiva education in Jerusalem, Kfar Chabad and Brooklyn, NY. He spent his summers and holiday vacations visiting smaller communities around the world in China, Thailand, the Caribbean, Ukraine, Russia and other places according to the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s vision of sharing Judaism with the global Jewish community. In 1999 he received his Smicha (rabbinic degree) from the central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2001, he and his wife Mina live in Stockholm where they direct and are responsible for the work of Chabad Lubavitch. They have five children.    


Ani Maamin: What is Jewish Belief?
Maimonides, the pre-eminent Jewish thinker, systematically identified thirteen key beliefs (universally known as the “Ani Maamin”) that touch upon the fundamental issues of Jewish belief: Creation and the Creator, communication with G-d, the Torah, reward and punishment, Messiah, the redemption, afterlife and more. In this lesson we will examine each of the thirteen principals and see why only they were chosen as expressing the core of the Jewish faith. We will also talk about why Jewish belief is not blind but rather a dynamic and powerful force that must be continuously fed by thinking, feeling, and doing.