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Rabbi Zevulun Charlop

Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, dean emeritus of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, is an authority on Torah and Talmud and a lecturer in American history. He has authored numerous scholarly essays, including “The Making of Orthodox Rabbis” in Encyclopedia Judaica and “G-d in History and Halakha from the Perspective of American History.” Rabbi Charlop, spiritual leader of Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx, N.Y., has served as president of the American Committee for the United Charities in Israel, General Israel Orphans Home for Girls in Jerusalem and the National Council of Young Israel Rabbis. In May 2008, Rabbi Charlop received Yeshiva’s Presidential Medallion in recognition of his stewardship of RIETS. Under his distinguished leadership of more than 35 years, the seminary experienced enormous growth, graduating thousands of rabbis, educators and Jewish scholars. Rabbi Charlop serves as one of RIETS’ masmichim (those who administer ordination exams) and maintains his special relationship with the Kollelei Elyon. He also serves as special advisor on Yeshiva affairs to President Richard M. Joel. Rabbi Charlop is editor of three novellae on Torah and Talmud by his late father, the noted Rabbi Jechiel Michael...

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Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Cohen

Rabbi Mordechai Z. Cohen is professor of Bible and associate dean of the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. He has written a number of seminal studies in both Hebrew and English on Jewish biblical interpretation (parshanut ha-miqra) in its cultural settings, particularly its interface with Arabic poetics, Muslim jurisprudence and modern literary approaches to the Bible. Recognized as a leading authority in this field, he lectures regularly at academic conferences in the United States, Europe and Israel. His first book, “Three Approaches to Biblical Metaphor: From Abraham Ibn Ezra and Maimonides to David Kimhi,” was published by Brill Academic Press in 2003 and was re-issued in a second edition in 2008. His second book, “Opening the Gates of Interpretation: Maimonides’ Biblical Exegesis in Light of His Geonic-Andalusian Heritage and Muslim Milieu,” will be published by Brill in 2010. Rabbi Cohen graduated from Yeshiva College in 1987, was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1990 and received his PhD at Revel in 1994. Sample Titles Jonah’s Struggle with God: Literary Perspectives New trends in the study of the History of Biblical Interpretation From New Heart to Broken Heart: Penitence (Teshuva) in Psalm 51 Tehillim (Psalms) As Poetry Maimonides and Moses Ibn Ezra: How Arabic Poetics and Muslim Jurisprudence Illuminate Sacred Hebrew Text Joy With Tears: Celebrating the Return to Zion in Psalm 126 Bible and Literary Criticism: In Memory of Nehama Leibowitz Spirit and Soul: What Makes Hebrew the Sacred Tongue Kedusha, Perishut, Ve-‘Achdut: Separation and Unity in Holiness Malbim’s Reaction to the Literary Method in Biblical Exegesis Nahmanides’ Commentary and Thought, nine-lecture series Literary Perceptions in Medieval Biblical Commentaries Literary Artistry in the Book of Jonah Literary Artistry and the Theology of Hesed in the Book of Ruth, two-lecture series What Does Maimonides Really Say About Peshuto Shel Miqra Biblical Interpretation Between Cultures: New Scholarship on the Traditional Commentators; eight-lecture series New Approaches to Parshanut ha-Miqra (Biblical interpretation) in modern scholarship...

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