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Rabbi Michael Taubes

Rabbi Michael Taubes is Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, and has served as Head of School at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy – Yeshiva University High School for Boys, as well as a past member of the rabbinic faculty of Yeshiva College. He is also the spiritual leader of Congregation Zichron Mordechai in Teaneck, New Jersey, delivering regular Shiurim and lectures both there and at the Beis Medrash of Bergen County, housed in Teaneck’s Congregation Bnai Yeshurun. His classes are well known for their breadth of sources and clarity of presentation. Rabbi Taubes has been involved in formal and informal Jewish education for more than thirty years, serving both in the classroom and in various administrative posts. An alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion (“Gush”) in Israel where he was a student of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, zt’l, Rabbi Taubes attended Yeshiva College and was honored upon graduation in 1980 with an award for excellence in Talmud. He subsequently studied in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary for several years in the Shiur of the revered Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt’l, and from where he received his ordination. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School and then spent several years learning in Yeshiva’s Marcos and Adinah Katz Kollel, headed by Rabbi Hershel Schachter, shlita, with whom he continues to maintain a close relationship. Recognizing the need to spread Torah to people outside the sphere of influence of the yeshiva classroom and the Beis Medrash, Rabbi Taubes helped found The Jewish Learning Experience of Bergen County, a flourishing adult outreach institution, which he directed for many years and with which he remains affiliated. Rabbi Taubes is the author of The Practical Torah, a collection of articles on topics in Halachah based on the weekly Parshah, as well as numerous essays on an array of Torah subjects appearing in many Jewish publications. He also worked for ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications as a writer and editor for the English translation...

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Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler

Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler is the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics and a professor of biology, as well as a rosh yeshiva in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Tendler is the leading expert on medical ethics as it pertains to Jewish law. He is the author of “Practical Medical Halakhah,” a textbook of Jewish responsa to medical issues, and “Pardes Rimonim,” a book about the halachot of Taharat HaMishpacha. Rabbi Tendler has been one of the most vocal supporters of Jewish organ donation. He has been a strong advocate for brain death criteria to be adopted as an acceptable definition of death under Jewish law. Rabbi Tender asserts that once organ donation has been deemed permissible under the given conditions, it is indeed mandatory, falling under the rubric of the legal obligation of Jews to preserve the lives of others. He has written extensively on euthanasia, infertility, end of life issues, organ donation and brit milah. Rabbi Tendler is spiritual leader of the Community Synagogue in Monsey, N.Y., and chairs the bioethical commission of the Rabbinical Council of America and the Medical Ethics Task Force of UJA-Federation of Greater New York. Rabbi Tendler is a strong supporter of Israel and Zionism and ascends the Temple Mount in Jerusalem every time he’s in Israel. Sample Titles Assisted Suicide Alternative Medicine: Medically Disputed, Halachically Refuted? Cloning in Jewish Law Time of Death: Brain Death in Jewish Law Domestic Violence and the Flaw in the Educational System Halakhic Issues of 9-11 Prioritization of Torah Values Memories of the Rav zt”l Societal Impact on Halacha Halakhic Response to Social & Scientific Change I of II Danger in Halacha...

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Rabbi Moshe Tessone

Rabbi Moshe Tessone is Director of The Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University and a distinguished faculty member at Yeshiva University’s Belz School of Jewish Music and at the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies (IBC) where he teaches Halakha (Jewish law) and Sephardic customs. Moshe Tessone has toured extensively throughout North America, Latin America and Israel as a distinguished speaker on topics related to Torah, issues of Sephardic interest and Jewish education. He has also performed as a concert soloist featuring Judeo Arabic and Judeo Spanish religious music, prayer and liturgy. Rabbi Tessone received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, and earned his Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at YU. Moshe Tessone released his debut Sephardic Album/CD, entitled Odeh La’ El in Jan 2005. His newer album of original Jewish Sephardic pop music entitled Hakshiva was released in March of 2006, to great acclaim. Sample Titles Contemporary Sephardic Communities in America: Who Are the Sephardim? Jewish Leadership in the Sephardic Community: Understanding the Culture of the Sephardic Communal World Sephardic Liturgical Music: Judeo Arabic and Judeo Spanish Sounds and History Sephardim Vs Mizrahim: A Cultural and Halakhic Comparison Sephardic Integration: A Jewish Communal Challenge Middle Eastern Jewry: Understanding Judeo Arabic Culture Jewish Communities of The Islamic World : A Historical and Cultural Overview The Syrian Community of North America: A Historical Overview, and it’s Communal Life The Jews of Panama: A Historical Overview and Communal Life The Secret to Jewish Prayer: Understanding the concept of Avodah She’Balev The Jewish Patriarchs as a Paradigm of Jewish History: “Ma’aseh Avot Seeman Le’banim” How Can We Learn from Jewish Role Models: The Life and Times of Avraham, Yitzhak & Yaakov Expressing Gratitude Through Hallel: Understanding The Halakhic and Talmudic Sources for Hallel Hallel on Yom Ha’atzmaut? : Is There a Halakhic...

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Dr. Daniel Tsadik

Daniel Tsadik is an assistant Professor at Yeshiva University (New York) and a visiting assistant Professor at the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Tsadik obtained his PhD in 2002 from the Yale University History Department specializing in the areas of Iranian and Middle Eastern history as well as in history of the Jews under Islam. His research focuses on the modern history of Iran, Shi’ah Islam, and Iran’s religious minorities. Subsequent to his studies at Yale, Dr. Tsadik has been teaching at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and elsewhere. He received fellowships from various places, including Tel-Aviv University’s Dayan Center for the research of Islam and the Middle East, the Hebrew University’s Golda Meir Fellowship Trust and Warburg Fellowship of the Institute for Judaic Studies, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin’s Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. Dr. Tsadik has authored a book entitled Between Foreigners and Shi‘is: Nineteenth-Century Iran and its Jewish Minority (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007). He also has published articles in his fields of interest, such as “The Legal Status of Religious Minorities: Imami Shi‘i Law and Iran’s Constitutional Revolution,” Islamic Law and Society 10, 3 (2003), 376-408; “Nineteenth Century Shi‘i Anti-Christian Polemics and the Jewish Aramaic Nevuat ha-Yeled [The Prophecy of the Child],” Iranian Studies 37 (2004), 5-15; and “Religious Disputations of Imami Shi‘is against Judaism in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries,” Studia Iranica, 34 (2005), 95-134. Sample Titles Islam’s Attitude Towards the Jews Quran and the Jews Muslim-Jewish Polemics Iran, Shi’ah Islam, and the Jews Jews of Iran Maimonides on...

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Rabbi Mayer Twersky

Rabbi Mayer Twersky holds the Leib Merkin Distinguished Professional Chair in Talmud and Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He is also a rosh yeshiva in the Mazer Yeshiva Program of Talmudic Studies of Yeshiva College. His popular shiurim emphasize a combination of penetrating conceptual analyses and deep ethical imperatives. Rabbi Twersky hails from the well-known hasidic family of Chernobyl. His grandfather was the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Rabbi Twersky attended the Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass., which his grandfather founded, through high school. He then attended Harvard College, while studying Talmud privately with his grandfather. Following college, he studied for rabbinic ordination at RIETS. He eventually became a teacher in the Yeshiva University High School for Boys and later a lecturer at RIETS. In addition to Hebrew articles in RIETS’ annual Torah journal, Rabbi Twersky has published three English articles in the journal Tradition and an English article in the Orthodox Union’s magazine Jewish Action. Two of these four articles relate to the place of women in contemporary Orthodox Judaism. Sample Titles Growth During Downtime: Serving Hashem 24×7 Applications and Implications of Emunah A Torah Perspective on College Bitachon and Hishtadlus in Times of Crisis (Shidduchim, Parnasah) How Much is Too Much? Work/Life Balance In Today’s Technologically Driven Environment The Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Gender Separation: A Halakhic Perspective The Responsibility of Parenting When Religion and Family Collide: Interacting with Nonobservant Family Searching for Spirituality Through Halacha Alcohol, Drugs, and Morality Among Orthodox Teens A Woman’s Avodat Hashem Living as a Jew in Gentile Society Spirituality and Affluence Implementing the Ideals of Teshuva: Bringing the Rebono Shel Olam in to Our Lives Absolute Truth and Alternate Life Styles: The Torah’s Position on Homosexuality Malchiyos During the Aseres Yemei Teshuva Eretz Yisrael’s Central Role in Halakha and...

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Mr. Sam Tyszler

Sam Tyszler is a technology professional, specializing in networking and application delivery, personal technology, and classroom and back-office applications of educational technology. He has been with Yeshiva University for over a decade. His most recent assignment has been as Associate Registrar in the University Office of Enrollment management. In this capacity, Sam is responsible for supporting the technology needs of the University registrar offices and the Enrollment Managment office at large. In addition to his technology-oriented role, Sam serves the University’s Wilf Campus undergraduate community as Registrar. Prior to joining the Enrollment Management office Sam has served in the University’s Information Technology Services department as Senior Project Manager & Technology Standards Specialist. In this capacity he led major University-wide projects aimed at modernizing its technology infrastructure and delivering mission-critical services. Sam also played a key R&D role tasked with evaluating new technologies and advising senior management as to how they fit in to University IT objectives. Sam has also served the Yeshiva University High School for Girls as its first Technology Coordinator. He designed and built its entire technology platform from scratch and provided day-to-day support to all of its members. Additionally, he taught regular IT classes covering topics ranging from fundamentals to system administration. Sam conducts regular training with faculty and administration alike with the aim helping them get the most out of the University’s technology investment. Sample Titles Enrollment Management Technology & Data Security Personal Technology (and educational applications of such) Systems Administration...

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