Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program

Rabbi Yosef Blau

Rabbi Yosef Blau has been mashgiach ruchani (spiritual guidance counselor) at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University since 1977. He also serves as spiritual guidance counselor for students at Yeshiva College. Rabbi Blau earned a BA in 1959 from Yeshiva College and an MS at Yeshiva’s Belfer Graduate School of Science in 1960. He was ordained at RIETS in 1961. Rabbis Blau is president of the Religious Zionists of America and served as national president of Yavneh, the National Religious Jewish Students’ Association. He is a former national vice president of the National Conference of Yeshiva Principals. An author of many articles on Jewish thought, Rabbi Blau became a member of the Orthodox Forum in 1989. He is a former member of the executive board of the Orthodox Caucus, was a delegate from the Religious Zionists of America to the World Zionist Congress and was elected a member of the Vaad Hapoel of the World Zionist Organization. Sample Titles Preserving the Jewish Character of Israel Challenges facing religious Zionism Halakhic Responses to scientific, economic, and social changes in society Women’s role in Orthodox Judaism The ethical dimension in Judaism Relating to non-Orthodox Jews Living in democratic America: An Orthodox Jewish perspective Moshe and Aharon: Balancing Truth and Peace Religion and Superstition A historical analysis of Orthodoxy in...

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Rabbi Daniel Feldman

Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman is a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, as well as an instructor in the Sy Syms School of Business, and serves as the Executive Editor of the RIETS initiative of YU Press. He is an alumnus of Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and received his ordination (Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin) from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he was a fellow of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon. Rabbi Feldman is the author of “The Right and The Good: Halakhah and Human Relations” (Jason Aronson, 1999; expanded edition, Yashar Books, 2005), and “Divine Footsteps: Chesed and the Jewish Soul” (Yeshiva University Press, 2008) as well as three volumes of Talmudic essays entitled Binah BaSefarim, which have been published with the approbations of R. Avraham Schapira, R. Ovadiah Yosef, R. Natan Gestetner, R. Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, R. Asher Weiss. and others. Rabbi Feldman is the co-editor of nine volumes of Talmudic essays and Jewish Thought and serves on the editorial board of Tradition, and has also written for publications such as Jewish Action and the Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics He is a frequent lecturer in locations across America and abroad. Rabbi Feldman is the spiritual leader of Ohr Saadya of Teaneck, NJ, where he resides with his wife, Leah, and their children. Sample Titles Jewish Perspectives on the Death Penalty Debate Is it a mitzvah for the U.S. to fight Al Qaeda? Priorities in Tzedakah Human Dignity Lying for the Sake of Peace The Prohibitions of Embarrassing People in Public Revenge and Grudge Bearing Loshon HaRa Lifnei Iver Lo Sitein Michshol Asking for Forgiveness Judging Others Favorably Aspects of Chesed Bikkur Cholim Pirsumei Nisa on Purim Shalach Manos The Severity of Tisha B’Av Binyan Beis HaMikdash The Honor of a Sefer Torah – Fasting when it Falls The Fast of a Bride and Groom before their Wedding Humor and the Torah Prohibitions of Magic and Sorcery...

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Rabbi Meir Goldwicht

Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, a prominent Israeli scholar and educator, is the Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva and a rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University. He is also head rosh yeshiva at the Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program. Rabbi Goldwicht received semikha from the renowned rabbinic authorities Rabbi Zalman Nehemia Goldberg, former Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem HaRav HaGaon Betzallel Zolti and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, HaRav Rashi of Israel. Rabbi Goldwicht delivers Hebrew and English shiurim (lectures) extensively across the metropolitan area, throughout the United States and in Israel, including weekly evening shiurim in 5 New York area communities. He has delivered more than 1,000 inspiring shiurim every year to grateful audiences. Rabbi Goldwicht is also rosh kollel at Camp Mesorah. Sample Titles Chazal’s Perspective on Daily Life Situations The Secret of the Strength and Power of our People, from Megillat Esther Until Today Greek Culture Then and Now Yerushalayim Kisei Hashem, Yesterday and Today in the Perspective of Chazal...

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Rabbi Daniel Rapp

Rabbi Daniel Rapp teaches at the Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program and Mazer Yeshiva Program at Yeshiva University, and is currently the Rabbi of the East Denver Orthodox Synagogue. Rabbi Rapp received his BA, cum laude, from Yeshiva College and 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. In addition, 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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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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