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"Who is wise? One who learns from every person."
- Ben Zoma, Avot 4:1

Come on in!

I'm Sal Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist. My wife Nina and I post a bit of Jewish wisdom, history, humor, or music every day on Facebook, where we also produce a weekly live show and interact with nearly one million souls in over 70 countries. 

This site features some our favorite posts and episodes. Let us know if we're missing one of your favorites.

You can also learn more about us while you're here, and support our goal of sharing Jewish wisdom with everybody.

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All is foreseen, and freedom of choice is granted.
- Rabbi Akiva, Avot 3:15


Click an area you'd like to explore.

Learnings I'm excited about. Everything from mystical prayers to dietary laws.

My blog. Personal, rationally upbeat, and by Accidents I mean "Accidents."

Your dose of Jewish music, humor, and wisdom. Live and unscripted.

Stories of the little tribe that could, and those who bless us.

Amazing stories of courage, sacrifice, creativity, and inspiration.

My favorite Jewish jokes, accidentally edited.


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Even a poor person who is kept alive by charitable funds must give charity from what he receives.
- Shulhan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah 248:1

Thank you for "accidentally" landing here.

I created Accidental Talmudist so I could share Judaism's oral tradition. I hoped to connect with people like the guy I'd been - a wanderer in search of something but never really knowing what it was.

I thought the project would take a few minutes a day and if we got lucky, Nina and I would create a community of a few hundred souls. Just a few years later, it's turned into a lot more than that.

We witness daily how our posts transform the lives of both Jews and non-Jews.

So we're keeping it going. We're also expanding this site, launching a TV show, and writing a book. Your support makes all these initiatives possible.

The Accidental Talmudist organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

AT-shirts for givers!

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Films home

Films home

When I'm not sharing Torah, I direct movies.

My films don't fit in a box. They're vastly different from each other - holiday comedy and historical drama - yet both feature characters wrestling with faith during crisis. Click on a poster to learn more.




I inspire breakthroughs in relationships, careers, and organizations. 

I love sharing what I've learned, whether one-on-one, with hundreds or, via social media, hundreds of thousands. I've given talks around the world, and connected with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. I emphasize faith, humor, and determination. 

My topics include:

  • An Evening With The Accidental Talmudist, or How An Immigrant Kid From Chile Ended Up Directing Movies in Hollywood And Sharing Torah With A Million People
  • When Do We Eat? screening/Q&A with Director
  • Saving Lincoln screening/Q&A with Director
  • Harnessing Social Media To Share A Big Message
  • Tales From the Talmud 

With the broad reach of my Facebook page, I can also help you promote your event.

"The response to Salvador Litvak's Accidental Talmudist talk at Partners in Torah's Winter Retreat was extraordinary. Speaking to an audience of 400, he inspired, amused, elevated, and left a permanent impression on the religiously diverse crowd."
- Rabbi Eli Gewirtz, National Director, Partners In Torah

"Salvador Litvak is an enthralling speaker. The story of his Accidental Talmudist journey deeply impressed me, and the whole room, at the event I attended."
- Lisa Bloom, New York Times bestselling author, civil rights attorney at The Bloom Firm, NBC News legal analyst

"We’ve hosted many politicians, athletes, New York Times bestselling authors, etc. and without a doubt Sal Litvak was one of our best. Sal brings a passion that cannot be imitated or faked. He also has a likable presence in the room. People gravitate towards Sal, and his message can give goose bumps."
- Jordan Mandelberg, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

"Sal is a very impressive individual with a powerful personal story. He engaged all who attended with humour, spirituality and deep meaning. Attendance was excellent for the organized events. I strongly recommend introducing Sal to your community for an evening or Shabbaton."
- Rabbi Asher Jacobson, Congregation Chevra Kadisha, Montreal, Canada

"Sal was one of the most unique and inspiring speakers we've ever had. Our students loved An Evening With The Accidental Talmudist."
- Alex Amchislavskiy, Hillel Campus Director, Colorado State University

"I had the privilege of hearing Salvador Litvak speak multiple times at a Limmud conference in Australia. He attracted a large crowd and captivated them with his wit, charm, and inspiration."
- Gil Hoffman, Chief Political Correspondent and Analyst, The Jerusalem Post

"Sal Litvak weaves autobiography with philosophy, links his personal story with the story of the Jewish people and humanity at large, and uplifts with his enormous sense of good will and hope for the future.  He is a treasure, and everyone who can should expose themselves to him, his writing, his teaching, his speaking, his very being."
- Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles

Recent & Upcoming Appearances

Accidental Talmudist Shabbaton
The Kollel
Vancouver, BC
June 23-25, 2017

An Evening With The Accidental Talmudist
The Jewish Experience
Denver, CO
June 9, 2017

When Do We Eat? Screening and Q&A
June 8, 2017
An Evening With The Accidental Talmudist
June 11, 2017
JCC Boulder

When Do We Eat?
Screening and Q&A
Beth El
Durham , NC
April 4, 2017

When Do We Eat?
Screening and Q&A
Adat Shalom
Los Angeles, CA
April 2, 2017

Chesed Award Honoree
Chai Center Banquet
Los Angeles, CA
March 26, 2017

Accidental Talmudist Journey
Milken Community Schools
Los Angeles, CA

Shabbaton with Salvador Litvak
The Chevra
Montreal, Canada

How Do You Receive Torah?
Shavuot Learning
Temple Beth Am
Los Angeles, CA

When Do We Eat? screening
Hillel at CSU
Fort Collins, CO

Artist-in-Residence Weekend
Temple Beth El
Boca Raton, FL

Partners in Torah Winter Retreat
Appearing with Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
Former Chief Rabbi of Israel
Stamford, CT

How We Made Saving Lincoln
UCLA Producers Program
Westwood, CA

LimmudLA Fest
Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Simi Valley, CA

Talmudic Filmmaking
Camp Ramah
Ojai, CA

Limmud OZ
Melbourne, Australia

Kiddush & Kiddushin
Chabad of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Love in the Talmud
Shira Hadasha
Melbourne, Australia

Rosh Hashanah Live
Sinai Temple
Los Angeles, CA


Sampling of film screenings with Q&A:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (Opening Night )

Palm Beach Int'l Film Festival (Opening Night)

Jacob Byrne Film Center w/ Janet Maslin

San Diego Film Festival (Best Screenplay)

San Francisco Film Festival (Best Comedy)

Lake Tahoe Film Festival (Best Director)

Jerusalem Film Festival