Rabbi Norman Lamm

Rabbi Norman Lamm — distinguished philosopher, teacher, spiritual leader and author — was elected president of Yeshiva University in August, 1976, succeeding Dr. Samuel Belkin and Dr. Bernard Revel. He was the University’s third president and the first native-born American to head the nation’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning under Jewish auspices. Rabbi Lamm has gained wide recognition for his writings and discourses on interpretation of Jewish philosophy and law, especially in relation to problems involving science, technology and philosophy in the modern world. He has authored 10 books, including “The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary,” which won the coveted 1999 Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought. Rabbi Lamm has edited or co-edited more than 20 volumes, including “The Library of Jewish Law and Ethics.” He was the founder and first editor of Tradition; associate editor of Hadarom, a journal of Jewish law; and founder of the Torah U-Madda Journal. For 17 years preceding his election as president, Rabbi Lamm served on the Yeshiva faculty, culminating in his appointment as the Erna and Jakob Michael Professor of Jewish Philosophy in 1966. He has also been spiritual leader of the Jewish Center in Manhattan, rabbi of Congregation Kodimoh in Springfield, Mass., and assistant rabbi at New York City’s Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun. Sample Titles Philanthropy: Being Deceived for a Good Cause Leadership in Jewish Thought Hashkafah of Kiruv The place of Anger in Halacha Jewish Education for Women The Halakha’s Attitude to Christianity and...


Rabbi Ari Lamm

Ari Lamm completed his B.A. in History & Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, and his M.A. in Jewish Studies and Eastern Christianity at University College London. He is completing his Semichah at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity at Princeton University. He was Yeshiva University’s first ever recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, which took him to London for his M.A. In addition, he has received a Henry Kressel Research Scholarship, a Tikvah Postgraduate Fellowship, and is currently a Wexner Graduate Fellow. At present his is the William Fischman Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center on the Upper West Side. He is passionate about exploring Jewish identity through the study of Jewish history and archaeology during the Biblical, Second Temple and Rabbinic eras. His regular classes on Judaism and the origins of Christianity have garnered a wide, online listenership, and have been spotlighted on Voice of Israel radio. He is also keenly aware of Jewish responsibilities to the rest of humankind, and to that end is an Executive Committee Member of the Sri Lanka based organization, “Global Unites,” which promotes grassroots, non-violent, youth-based peace-making in conflict-torn areas from Africa and southeast Asia to Latin America and the Middle East. Sample Titles Hero or Hypocrite? Attacks on the Pharisees During the Second Temple Period Faith & Fanatacism: The Maccabees & Christian Martyrdom From the Persian Empire to the U.N. – Hakamat ha-Medinah Then & Now The Beatles & the Bible – Thinking About Popular Culture Iran Through a Different Lens – The Talmud Bavli in Historical...


Mr. Andrew Lauer

Andrew “Avi” Lauer serves as Yeshiva University’s vice president for legal affairs, secretary and general counsel. In this capacity, Mr. Lauer is responsible for all legal matters pertaining to Yeshiva and its affiliates within the United States and abroad. Mr. Lauer also serves as counsel to President Richard Joel. Prior to his appointment at Yeshiva, Mr. Lauer was a partner at the international law firm of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman and Steiner LLP, where he maintained a large and diverse practice, while also serving as an active member of Thelen’s labor and employment law department. Mr. Lauer served as relationship partner to numerous clients in relation to various areas of legal specialty, including corporate, real estate, litigation, technology, outsourcing, bankruptcy, patent and trademark, and he often functioned as outside general counsel to many companies. Mr. Lauer also established and maintained an extensive Israel practice at Thelen and he worked with many Israeli owned and/or affiliated companies and regularly traveled to Israel to meet with his Israeli clients and contacts. Mr. Lauer also has prior professional experience as senior employment counsel in the office of general counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwC Consulting), where he was responsible for all employment law related matters affecting the firm and its more than 30,000 employees. In addition, he was responsible for all in-house employment law related matters pertaining to the planned IPO and the ultimate sale of PwC Consulting to IBM. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, he served as assistant general counsel of Deloitte & Touche USA, where he was employment counsel to both Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Consulting L.P. Mr. Lauer was also an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, where he conducted numerous trials and investigations and was assigned to several bureaus, including the elite Trial Cadre unit of the Homicide Bureau. Mr. Lauer is involved in numerous community causes and serves and/or has served on the Executive Board of several charitable organizations in...


Rabbi Dr. Daniel Lerner

A passionate educator and dynamic orator, Rabbi Dr. Daniel Lerner’s unique blend of wit, wisdom, and spirit has endeared him to audiences throughout North America, Israel, Australia, and South Africa. He is currently the Rabbi of Pikesville Jewish Congregation and on the faculty of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Lerner received his ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, his M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University and his M.A. and Doctorate in Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. He is the founder of Strategic Family Solution, LLC, where he serves as an adviser and confidant for high profile and affluent individuals whose relationships, businesses, and wealth are threatened by issues related to: marital discord, intergenerational friction, antagonistic divorces, sibling rivalry, and addiction. Rabbi Lerner’s clinical experience has encompassed treatment for gambling addiction, anxiety, pathological narcissism, interventions for at-risk youth, as well as couples/family therapy. He has lectured on ethics, spirituality, and professional conduct at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and at the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore law schools. Rabbi Lerner, together with his lovely wife Alyson and their children, resides in Baltimore, MD. Sample Titles Breaking Bad: Three Early Warning Signs of Rabbis Gone Rogue Runaway Trains, Neuroscience, and Talmud: This Is Your Brain on Torah The Id and the Yid: Making Our Negative Impulses Work for Us Teshuva vs. Repentance: Sigmund Freud, Oprah Winfrey, and the Psychology of Sin A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Sinai: Does the Torah Have a Sense of Humor? I Didn’t Ask To Be Born! A Talmudic Approach to Life’s Ultimate Question Torahnomics: Financial Planning for Families and Nations Taking the ‘Nasty’ out of your Dynasty: The Torah Program for Effective Parenting of Children at any Age When What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Stay in Vegas: Gambling on Jewish Futures Mishkan of the New Millennium: How to Build a Dynamic Jewish Community Birchat Kohanim: Behavioral Economics and the Modern Unmaking of...


Dr. Michelle Levine

Dr. Michelle Levine is Associate Professor of Bible at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, where she has taught since 2001. She is also a former faculty member of the Stella K. Abraham Yeshiva High School for Girls (SKA). She holds a BA, summa cum laude with honors, from Brooklyn College, an MS in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and a PhD in medieval biblical exegesis from New York University; her dissertation was awarded doctoral fellowships from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Dr. Levine also studied for two years at Michlalah Teacher’s College in Israel.  Dr. Levine was awarded the senior class Jewish Studies “professor of the year” in 2011. Dr. Levine is the author of Nahmanides on Genesis: The Art of Biblical Portraiture, which is based on her dissertation, published by Brown University Press (2009). She has published numerous articles on medieval biblical exegesis in academic journals, including “Maimonides’ Philosophical Exegesis of the Nobles’ Vision (Exodus 24): A Guide for the Pursuit of Knowledge;” “The Inner World of Biblical Character Explored in Nahmanides’ Commentary on Genesis;” “Nahmanides’ Literary Approach to Biblical Narrative: Varied Repetition in the Joseph Story;” “Character, Characterization, and Intertextuality in Nahmanides’ Commentary on Biblical Narrative;” “Ramban’s Integrative Reading of Biblical Narrative;” as well as articles on topics of the Bible, including “The Cognitive, Emotional, and Sensory Experience of the Yamim Nora’im: The Message of the Akedah;” “Va-Yera: The Potency of Prayer;” “Yeshayahu’s Call to Prophecy and Ma’amad Har Sinai;” and “Moshe Rabbenu  at Ma’amad Har Sinai:  Ascending and Descending the Mountain.”  She has also delivered papers at academic conferences, in the United States and Israel, focusing particularly on Nahmanides’ literary analysis of the Bible. Dr. Levine lectures widely across the United States and in Israel on various topics of the Bible and biblical commentaries, including Yeshiva University’s Midreshet Yom Rishon. She gives a popular weekly series on Tanach in Queens, that...


Dr. Michael Lipton

Born in Boston and raised in upstate New York and Southern California, Dr. Lipton entered the Six-Year Liberal Arts – Medicine Program at Boston University in 1983. The program, designed to develop humanistic physicians, channeled students toward the liberal arts and clinical medicine. Dr. Lipton minored in Spanish literature with a special interest in contemporary Castilian fiction (Miguel Delibes was a favorite), including study in Salamanca, Spain. Key interests during medical school were the neurosciences and, in particular, brain substrates of psychiatric disease. Nonetheless, the opportunity to exploit technology and treat disease less invasively drew Dr. Lipton to training in Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology. In his first faculty appointment as assistant professor of radiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, through a newly established collaborative relationship between Einstein and the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI), Dr. Lipton was immersed in neuroimaging research and developed his own research program. With the support of a National Institutes of Health Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award, he completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Einstein, executing work that redefined our understanding of brain organization using electrical and hemodynamic (MRI) measures. Subsequently, Dr. Lipton was promoted to associate professor of radiology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences and neuroscience at Einstein and named associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center. In parallel with his basic science work, Dr. Lipton directs a program investigating mild traumatic brain injury and its effects on cognitive disability. Sample Titles Is There Any Such Thing as a Minor Head Injury? Detecting Microscopic Brain Injury in Living Humans Imaging Biomarkers to Improve Patient Care and Facilitate Novel Treatments Safety Issue in MRI: What Everyone Needs to...

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