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Asher L. Lopatin is the spiritual leader of Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation in Chicago. He received his rabbinic ordination from Rav Aron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk and also from Yeshiva University. He holds an MPhil in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University and is completing his doctoral thesis, also from Oxford, in Islamic Fundamentalist Attitudes Toward Jews. Rabbi Lopatin won a Rhodes Scholarship in 1987, and was also a Wexner Fellow and Truman Scholar. He is chairman of the community relations committee of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and a member of the executive committee of the Rabbinical Council of America.