Professor Richard Weisberg

Professor Weisberg is the Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Professor Weisberg is involved in theoretical and litigation-oriented approaches to the subject of his book “Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France.” Since 2001, Professor Weisberg has been the representative of former plaintiffs in Vichy-related litigation to an oversight committee, consisting of US State Department and French government officials, which has responsibility for the day-to-day restitution of stolen banking assets to victims or their heirs. In 2009, he was awarded the legion of honor by the French government. Professor Weisberg also has pioneered the worldwide Law and Literature movement and is the author of “The Failure of the Word, When Lawyers Write,” and “Poethics: And Other Strategies of Law and Literature.” He was an editor of the “Columbia Law Review” and was associated with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Professor Weisberg was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Society for the Humanities of Cornell University, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1998, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow for his study of the privatization of public discourse. In fall 2002, Professor Weisberg was on the visiting faculty at the Johns Hopkins program in Nanjing, China and is an honorary professor at Wuhan University. From 1979 to 1986, he was president of the Law and Humanities Institute and has been its chair since 1987. He is a former chair of the law and humanities section of the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Weisberg is founding editor of “Law and Literature.” Sample Titles Law and...


Rabbi Richard Weiss, M.D.

Rabbi Richard Weiss, M.D., received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and is a licensed physician in the state of New York, having completed an internship in internal medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. He is currently the rabbi of the Young Israel of Hillcrest in Queens and an adjunct assistant professor of biology at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. He has served as a member of the Geirus Commission of the RCA. In addition, Rabbi Weiss has a special interest in bioethics and, in particular, issues related to end-of-life care and infertility. He has lectured frequently on these topics, and has served on a number of bioethics committees. He is a contributing author to “Overcoming Infertility: A Guide for Jewish Couples,” edited by Richard V. Grazi, M.D. and published by Toby Press in 2005, as well as the author of “Pain Management at the End of Life and the Principle of Double Effect: A Jewish Perspective,” to be published in the journal Cancer Investigation. Rabbi Weiss has also served as a staff physician for the Metropolitan Hospice/Jewish Hospice of Greater New York. Rabbi Weiss does not feel that his interests in both the rabbinate and medicine are that different, noting that “they are both fundamentally people-oriented professions which involve establishing and maintaining relationships.” Sample Titles Dignity at the End of Life Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in Halacha Interface Between Jewish Bioethics and Secular/General...


Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Ph.D.

Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, PhD is Yeshiva University’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Professor of Talmud in the Mazer Yeshiva Program, a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an adjunct professor of Bible at Yeshiva College. Rabbi Wieder is a prolific scholar, with more than 900 lectures on Judaism captured on audio and video and available online. Rabbi Wieder was one of the first Americans to win the International Bible Contest. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College in 1991, and received an MS in American Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He was ordained at RIETS and holds a PhD in Judaic studies from New York University. Sample Titles Heinz dilemma in Jewish Law Copyright Law in Halakhah Economic and Social deception in Jewish Law The Interaction between Halakhah and Secular Law The Status of and Ethical Treatment of Gentiles in Jewish Civil Law The Dissolution of Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem Fraud as Grounds for Invalidating Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem? The Halakhic Status of Electricity on Shabbos Abortion in Halakhah A Halakhic view on Disinheriting a Child Parameters and Priorities in the Mitzvah of Tzedakah Conflict Between Science and Halakhah: The Response of Posekim Land for Peace Status of Oats as a Grain in Halakhah The Structure of the Hebrew Calendar Use of Ancient Near East in study of Tanakh Non-literal interpretation of Scripture Tiqqun Soferim in Hazal: Emendation or Interpretation? Textual Variants in Tanakh: A Halakhic Response Targum: An Introduction to the Jewish Aramaic Translations of Scripture How our Biblical Text came to be: The History of the Text and the Tiberian...


Chani Wiesman, MS, CGC

Chani Wiesman, MS, CGC is a genetic counselor with the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva/Einstein and with Montefiore Medical Center, where she specializes in reproductive and cancer genetics.  Chani received her BA degree in Biology from CUNY-Queens College in 2007 and her MS degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 2009. Prior to joining Montefiore, Chani served as a genetic counselor at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, specializing in reproductive and pediatric genetics as well as working closely with Columbia’s Cystic Fibrosis Center. Chani presents frequently in the Jewish community about Jewish genetic diseases, carrier testing and available family planning options for carrier couples. Sample Titles Genetics in Medicine: Current Applications and Future Prospects Hereditary Risk: Breast and Ovarian Cancer in the Jewish Community Jewish Genetic Diseases and Ashkenazi Jewish Carrier...


Professor Leon Wildes

Leon Wildes, the founder of Wildes & Weinberg P.C. Law Offices, serves as Senior Partner. Holding J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the New York University School of Law, he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in New York, where he teaches immigration law. He regularly publishes scholarly articles in the field and lectures widely to both immigration lawyers and lawyers in general practice, and has practiced in the field for forty-five years. A recognized authority in his field, Professor Wildes served as National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has testified before the United States Congress as an expert in immigration matters. Awarded the Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Immigration Law, he is best known for his successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in deportation proceedings spanning a five year period....


Rabbi Mordechai Willig

Rabbi Mordechai Willig is Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Professor of Talmud and Contemporary Halachah. He has been a rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies since 1973 and a rosh kollel at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Willig has served as spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Riverdale in the Bronx, N.Y., since 1974. He is the author of Am Mordechai, which came out in two volumes (1992 on brachot and 2005 on Shabbat), and has authored many articles in Torah scholarship journals. Rabbi Willig is the deputy av beis din of the Beth Din of America. He has been an outspoken advocate of the halachic prenuptual agreement as a preventative measure against the creation of agunot. Rabbi Willig received a BA in mathematics from Yeshiva College in 1968 and an MS in Jewish history in 1971 from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He received semikha (rabbinic ordination) that same year at RIETS. Sample Titles Peru U’revu – How Many Children and When In G-d We Trust? Balancing Work & Other Mitzvos Marriage and Machlokes: Middos, Parents/In-Laws and Divorce Are We Really Willing To Change? Practical Suggestions for Feeling Yom Hadin Survival Guide to Dating Practical Applications of Tznius: At Home, Work, Shul, and in the Street Gambling in Halacha Hellenism Revisited: Outside Influences on Our Lives Dress Down Shabbos? Laws Relating to Female/Male Patients (negiah, yichud, chattzitza for mikvah etc.) Pursuit of Happiness Drinking: Purim and Beyond Helenism Today: Secular Values vs. Torah Values Teshuva and Tefillah: Two Paths to Hashem Sefira: Halacha and Hashkafa The Weapons of Eisav in the Hands of Yishmael; The Reaction to Twin Tragedies Eis Tsara, Emunah, and 9-11-2001 Shavuos: Preparing for Kabolas HaTorah Should Women Light Chanukah Candles? Simcha on Rosh Hashana Yomim Noraim /...

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