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Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff

Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff of Yeshiva University’s Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, is a noted scholar, author and teacher. Born in New York City in 1937, Rabbi Rakeffet moved with his family to Israel in 1969, following seven years as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Ephraim and Maplewood Jewish Center in New Jersey. Rabbi Rakeffet has written many entries for Encyclopedia Judaica, including the one on the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. His two-volume “The Rav: The World of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik” was published in 1999 by KTAV Publishing House. Most recently, Rabbi Rakeffet’s scholarly memoir, “From Washington Avenue to Washington Street”, was published in 2011 by the OU Press in conjunction with Gefen Publishing House. Rabbi Rakeffet is also the author of “Bernard Revel: Builder of American Jewish Orthodoxy,” a biography of Yeshiva’s first president published by the Jewish Publication Society; and “The Silver Era: Rabbi Eliezer Silver and His Generation,” about the life and times of Rabbi Eliezer Silver (1881-1968) and published by Feldheim. Both these works have gone through three editions. In 1997, he published two volumes of “Rakafot Aharon,” a collection of published scholarship in the fields of halakha and Jewish history. The Yeshiva College Alumni Association awarded its annual Bernard Revel Memorial Award in Religion and Religious Education to Rabbi Rakeffet in 1975, the first time the award ceremony took place in Israel. He has taught at Jerusalem’s Torah College for Men, Machon Gold, Michlalah (the Jerusalem College for Women) and Midreshet Moriah, an advanced Torah study program for women....

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Dr. Bruce Rapkin

Dr Rapkin is professor in the division of community collaboration and implementation science in the department of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and director of cancer prevention and control research at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. He received his doctorate in community and clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Rapkin’s research focuses on access to care and quality of life for diverse, medically-underserved patients, families and communities. His primary emphasis is on the development of community-academic partnerships to reduce barriers and improve standard of care. He has led several projects to develop strategies to promote evidence-based practice through collaborative research. More recently, Dr. Rapkin and colleagues initiated a Prospective Study of Quality of Life in Patients with Invasive Bladder Cancer, to examine how differences in appraisal affect quality of life and adaptation to three different options for surgical reconstruction (funded by Memorial Sloan-Kettering dept. of surgery). Dr. Rapkin’s collaborative research with community organizations, public health systems and health providers has led to the development of new research designs and assessment methodology to promote evidenced-based interventions in public health. In particular, he has been working on participatory approaches that use both process and outcomes data to support community-based interventions. Dr. Rapkin is a member of the Response Shift Special Interest Group of the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the NIMH Consortium on HIV/AIDS and the Family, and serves on the American Cancer Society’s National Council for Extramural...

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Rabbi Daniel Rapp

Rabbi Daniel Rapp is associate dean of Judaic studies and a visiting assistant professor of Talmud for the Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program. Rabbi Rapp received his BA, cum laude, from Yeshiva College in 1990. In 1995, he received his juris doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where he was twice named a Harlen Fisk Stone scholar for academic excellence and was articles editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. He spent two and a half years studying at Yeshivat Kerem B’yavneh in Israel and was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, receiving Yadin Yadin semikha. Rabbi Rapp is a dayan (judge) at the Beth Din of America. He has lectured on a wide range of topics, with a focus on the interface between halakha and the modern world. Sample Titles The 9-11 Agunah Cases The Counterfeiters: Can you help the Nazis to Save your Life? Magic and the Supernatural The Messiah in Judaism The Third Temple in Jerusalem Introduction to the Messianic Age: The Battle Between Gog u-Magog The 13 Principles of Faith in Judaism Physician Assisted Suicide in Jewish Law Is Thanksgiving Kosher: The Halakhic Debate Parameters of Competition in Jewish Law Is there a Biblical Commandment of...

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Dr. Abraham Ravid

Dr. S. Abraham (Avri) Ravid is a Professor of Finance at the Sy Syms School of Business of Yeshiva University. A Yom Kippur War veteran and war correspondent, Dr. Ravid has spoken on national Israeli and American radio about his experiences. He has more than 40 refereed publications, in journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Finance, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Bell Journal, Journal of Business, Journal of Marketing Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, as well as book chapters, monographs and other publications. His current research interests include corporate finance (mergers, bankruptcy, and corporate debt), contracting theory and venture capital as well as the entertainment industry. He has received several awards and prizes for his research. Dr. Ravid has presented at major conferences including the NBER, AFA, EFA, ALEA, the Searle conference as well as in Universities including Yale, Cornell, Wharton, Columbia, NYU, Dartmouth, INSEAD, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt and many others. He has consulted to governments in Israel and the US as well as to private industry. Dr. Ravid’s work was covered by the press around the world, including the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNBC, National Public Radio, BBC, Nouvel Observateur, the Australian, New Yorker, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Fortune, The Independent of London, the Toronto Globe and Mail and more. Prior to receiving his PhD from Cornell University, Ravid was a full time professional journalist in Israel as well as a documentary film maker. Previous appointments and visits include Rutgers University, Chicago Booth, Wharton, Cornell, Yale, NYU, Columbia University, UCLA, and Haifa University, Israel. Sample Titles Economics of the Entertainment Industries Yom Kippur War Are Online Reviews the Wave of the Future Corporate Debt, State Debt and Bankruptcies Are Rating Agencies Overrated? Lessons From the Crisis and...

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Rabbi Herschel Reichman

Rabbi Herschel Reichman is a rosh yeshiva and the Bronka Weintraub Professor of Talmud at the Mazer Yeshiva Program/Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Reichman considers himself primarily a student of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. However, Rabbi Reichman officially received his semikha (rabbinical ordination) from Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, with whom he studied Jewish law in a private tutorial. Rabbi Reichman is known for his passionate support of Religious Zionism. Rabbi Reichman has authored five volumes of Reshimos Shiurim, which are lucid notes and explanations of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s lectures on specific sections of the Talmud. These include the mesechtot (tractates) of Sukkah, Shavuot, Nedarim and Bava Kamma. Additionally, Rabbi Reichman is a teacher of Hasidism, and is particularly fond of the philosophy of the Shem Mishmuel. Rabbi Reichman gives a weekly shiur at Rambam Mesivta in Lawrence, N.Y. Rabbi Reichman received a BA from Yeshiva and a PhD in operations research from New York University. Sample Titles Chanukah: The Wisdom of Greece Vs. The Wisdom of the Torah The Mitzvah of Yishuv Eretz Yisrael Memories of the Rav Pesach...

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Rabbi Edward Reichman, Md

Rabbi Edward Reichman, M.D. is an associate professor of emergency medicine and associate professor of philosophy and history of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where he teaches Jewish medical ethics. Rabbi Reichman received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and writes and lectures widely in the field of Jewish medical ethics. He is the recipient of a Kornfeld Foundation Fellowship and the Rubinstein Prize in Medical Ethics, and was a member of both the board of the Halakhic Organ Donor Society and the advisory board of the Institute for Genetics and Public Policy. His research is devoted to the interface of medical history and Jewish law. Sample Titles Organ Donation And Jewish Law Can One Woman Have Two Firstborn Children? And Other Case Files from the New 21st Century Journal of Anticipatory Medical Halacha When Fathers Become Mothers and Mothers Have Udders: Medical Halakha for the 21st Century A Modern Day Challenge for Shlomo HaMelech: Ownership rights of frozen embryos New Ways to Have your Eggs Served: Ovarian transplantation and the definition of maternity in halakha The Bodies Exhibit and the Preservation of the Human Body in Rabbinic Literature: From Lot’s wife to Gunther’s knife Medical Halakha Update 2008: From artificial life to a DNA-matched wife The Impact of Rav Moshe Feinstein on Medical Halakha The Impact of the Tzitz Eliezer on Jewish Medical Ethics Dead or Alive! The Definition of Death in Jewish Law Halakha under the microscope: Halakhic Issues of the discovery and use of the Microscope Why is This Gene Different from all other Genes? The impact of the Human Genome Project on Jewish law Let’s face it: Face and other non-vital organ transplants in Jewish law The Aftermath of the Tsunami: risk, rescue and plague in Jewish Law The Anatomy of Halakha The not so new metzitzah controversy Posthumous Paternity and Motherless Maternity: New Frontiers in Assisted Reproduction Whose Life is it Anyway: The Terry...

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Rabbi Yona Reiss

Rabbi Yona Reiss, a noted Torah scholar, attorney and jurist, is the Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University (RIETS). He previously served as the Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS. Rabbi Reiss is a summa cum laude graduate of Yeshiva College and went on to receive his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Law Journal. He received semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from RIETS, where he also earned the distinction of Yadin Yadin. Rabbi Reiss served as director of the Beth Din of America from 1998 to 2008. In his directorship of the Beth Din, Rabbi Reiss worked to resolve cases of agunot and popularized the use of the Rabbinical Council of America pre-nuptial agreement as a protection against future agunah problems. From 1992 to 1998, Rabbi Reiss was an associate at the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Manhattan. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, a certified mediator for the City of New York court system and a member of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council for New York. Rabbi Reiss serves on the editorial board of Tradition magazine. A frequent writer on a variety of topics relating to both Jewish and secular law, he has published widely in Jewish publications, as well as in the Wall Street Journal and New York Law Journal. Sample Titles Should a Good Jewish Boy/Girl be a Lawyer? Jew vs. Jew in Secular Courts Teshuva as Liberation: The Joy of Being Only Human The Power and Limitations of Jewish Justice Litigating Outside of Beis Din The Yamim Noraim: A Wake Up Call for Teshuva Contemporary Aspects of the...

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Professor Sheri Rosenberg

Sheri Rosenberg is a clinical professor of law and director of the human rights and genocide clinic & program in holocaust and human rights studies at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, New York. She has worked in the areas of civil rights and international human rights with a specific focus on issues of discrimination, equality, and genocide. In 2000, the US, Department of State selected Professor Rosenberg to work for the Human Rights Chamber, a quasi-international court established under the Dayton Peace Agreement, in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. There she developed and coordinated the case work of the Court and authored judicial opinions in a number of significant cases in the area of international human rights. Before coming to Cardozo, she was awarded a Human Rights Fellowship at Columbia University Law School, where she worked for the United Nations, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Policy Branch and completed her LL.M with honors. Professor Rosenberg’s research interests include equality and non-discrimination in international law, minority rights, transitional justice and genocide prevention. She recently published “Promoting Equality after Genocide,” 16 TUL. J. IN’T L 329-393 (2008) and “What’s Law Got to do With it? The Bosnia v. Serbia Decision’s Impact on Reconciliation,” 61 RUTGERS L REV 131-159 (2008). She speaks widely about and trains government officials on issues related to the law and genocide. Sample Titles What’s Law Got to Do With it?: The Bosnia v. Servia Decision in the Bosnian Context The Responsibility to Protect: The Way Forward Clinics: Where Do We Fit In? Reconstruction and Reconciliation in BiH: Srebrenica a Case Study Issues Related to Minorities and the Denial of Citizenship in Africa Strategies for Preventing or Halting Genocidal Campaigns Darfur and Beyone: The Role of the International Criminal Court Promoting Equality after Genocide in BiH Seeking Justice after Major Human Rights Abuses and Atrocities The US Response to...

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Professor Smadar Rosensweig

Smadar Rosensweig is clinical assistant professor of Judaic studies at Stern College for Women. She received her B.A. from Barnard College  in 1983, and an M.A. in 1987 and M.Phil in 1989, both in Jewish History from Columbia University. She gives shiurim and lectures throughout the New York metropolitan area and across the country. Sample Titles Themes in Megillat Ruth From The Depths of Shechem To The Glory of Geula: The Remarkable Ascention of Shevet Levi Moshe, Aharon, & Miriam: Sibling Models of Leadership Sefirah, Torah & Personal Growth Bracha and Bechora: Reuven and Yehuda Interrelationship of Avot and Imahot The Lesons of Chana Haftarot of Calamity and Consolation Mothers-in-law, Daughters-in-law; the Book of...

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Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig

Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig occupies the Nathan and Perel Schupf Chair in Talmud at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and is a rosh yeshiva in the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies of Yeshiva University. He has written extensively, contributing to numerous journals of Torah learning. Rabbi Rosensweig received his semikha (rabbinic ordination) from RIETS and was a distinguished fellow of its post-semikha institute, the Gruss Kollel Elyon. He received his BA from Yeshiva College and earned his PhD in medieval Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies while studying under Professor Haym Soloveitchik. Rabbi Rosensweig was also a student of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik for seven years, and a student of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, renowned Talmudic scholar, rosh yeshiva at Yeshivat Har Etzion and director of the Joseph and Caroline Gruss Institute in Jerusalem. In 1997, Rabbi Rosensweig was appointed rosh kollel (dean) of the prestigious Israel Henry Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies (Ha-Machon ha-Gavohah le’Talmud) at RIETS. Rabbi Rosensweig is known for his intricate conceptual approach to Talmud study, as well as his heavy use of Brisker methodology in Talmudic analysis. Sample Titles Judging and Being Judged: Ending Personal and Communal Divisiveness Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding: The Guidance of Daas Torah Family: The Cornerstone of Community How to Pick a School for your Child…Values & Priorities in Jewish Education The Role of Personal Initiative in Avodat Hashem: Opportunities and Limits Sefirat ha-Omer: The Bridge Between Pesach and Shavuos The Hashkafic Framework of Social Change The Teshuvas of Aseres Yemei Teshuva and Yom Kippur Repentance As a Response to 9/11 Eretz Yisrael: The Corporate Headquarters of Klal Yisroel Teshuva With Respect To Transgressions and Our Relationship with Hashem The Dual Nature of Rosh Hashanah Teshuvah on Yom Kippur according to the Rambam’s Hilchos Teshuva Reflections on the Conceptual Approach to Talmud Torah Personal Initiative and Creativity in Avodat Hashem The Interface between Yom Kippur & Sukkot: Joy and Awe as Complementary Expressions...

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