Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Has a college education in religious and secular fields of study from schools in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.
Raised Jewish reform. In later adulthood, lived Jewish Orthodox. Today, Avi continues his studies in the Hebrew Torah, Prophets and Writings while pursuing advanced studies in the teachings of the scripturalist preacher and Messianic reformer Yeshua ben Yosef. Avi does not accept any teaching that requires submission to rabbinic oral law nor does he believe there is any authority in what is commonly called the Mitzvot d'Rabanan- the commandments of the rabbis, which consists of many legal works and traditions that are considered binding on religious Jews everywhere.
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