Mazer Yeshiva Program

Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger

Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger is a rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Neuberger is also the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, N.J. Rabbi Neuburger is an authority on issues related to marital relationships and the purity of the Jewish home. He offers his services to help young men train for married life and prepare to build a proper Jewish home built on Jewish law and spirit. From 1986 to 1990, Rabbi Neuburger was spiritual leader of the Jewish community at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Jack D. Weiler Hospital. Rabbi Neuburger received semikha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in 1979. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College, and earned an MA in psychology from Columbia University. Sample Titles Copyright in Jewish Law The Role of Parents and Teachers in a Student’s Life Decisions Scholarship and Scholarships: The Hidden Cost of Jewish Education Perspectives on Ramban and Minchat Chinuch Life Threatening Situations on...

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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 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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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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Rabbi Hershel Schachter

Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a noted Talmudic scholar, has had a distinguished career with the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, of Yeshiva University, for more than 40 years. He joined the faculty in 1967 at the age of 26, the youngest rosh yeshiva at RIETS. Since 1971, Rabbi Schachter has been rosh kollel in the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel (Institute for Advanced Research in Rabbinics) and also holds the Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud. In addition to his teaching duties, Rabbi Schachter lectures, writes and serves as a world renowned decisor of Jewish law. A prolific author, he has written more than 100 articles, in Hebrew and English for such scholarly publications as HaPardes, Hadarom, Beth Yitzchak and Or Hamizrach. His books include Eretz HaTzvi, B’ikvei HaTzon, Nefesh HaRav, MiPninei HaRav and Ginat Egoz. At age 22, Rabbi Schachter was appointed assistant to the renowned Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Rabbi Schachter earned his BA from Yeshiva College, an MA in Hebrew literature from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 1967, and was ordained at RIETS that same year. Sample Titles A Torah Perspective on Earning (and Not Earning) a Living – Supporting Ourselves and Others Halachic Issues of the Tuition Crisis Gender Separation in Halacha: Al Cheit…B’siach Sifsoseinu Marriage in Halacha and Hashkafa How Open Is Too Open? Halachic Guidelines For Internet use I AM Worthy…Of Forgiveness – Why This Year Will Be Different The Legacy of the Rav Is there A Chiyuv to Make Aliyah? Should I Call the Police? Clarifying the Issurim of Mesira and Chilul Hashem Pride & Prejudice: Growing Through the Shidduch Process Crossing the Line: Halachic Standards for Inclusion or Exclusion from Communal Life and the Tzibbur Double Standards in Our Lives Talmud Torah at the Center of Family Life Priorities in Tzedaka Issues of Shabbos, Yom Tov, and Kashrus in Dentistry Kol Yisroel Areivim Zeh Bozeh: Our Responsibilities to Others and to Ourselves Pursuit of Happiness...

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Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman

Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman serves as a Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, holds the Rabbi Henry H. Guterman chair in Talmud, and is the rabbi of the Young Israel of Midwood in Brooklyn, NY. He received his rabbinic education in the yeshivot of Mir, Lakewood and Beis Yosef. He is the author of eight seforim: Binyan Av, and Yesamach Av (6 vol.) and a commentary on the Haggadah. He also served as an editor of the Schottenstein/Artscroll Talmud....

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Rabbi Baruch Simon

Rabbi Baruch Simon is the Colonel Jehiel R. Elyachar Professor of Talmud at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies and a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Simon is the author of divrei torah on the parsha titled Imrei Baruch, which has been published in numerous volumes. He recently published his first volume of Imrei Baruch on Halakha, which discusses the laws of eruvin and reshuyos. Rabbi Simon received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from RIETS in 1988. A graduate of Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Rabbi Simon earned his BA, magna cum laude, in Judaic studies from Yeshiva College, where he delivered the birkat preidah (farewell address), a singular honor given the Yeshiva Program valedictorian. Rabbi Simon was a fellow of the prestigious Caroline and Joseph Gruss Kollel Elyon and a fellow of the Marcus and Adina Katz Kollel. Before teaching in the Yeshiva Program, Rabbi Simon was a member of the halakha faculty at the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies....

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Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky

Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky is a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University. In addition, he also serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Ohr HaTorah in Bergenfield, N.J. His synagogue has attracted many Orthodox Jews to the community. Rabbi Sobolofsky also lectures at the Bergen County Beis Medrash Program, housed at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, N.J. Prior to his appointment as a rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Sobolofsky was a fellow of the Gruss Kollel Elyon and then went on to teach in the Irving I. Stone Beis Medrash Program. Rabbi Sobolofsky studied at Yeshivat Kerem BeYavneh and Yeshiva. Graduating in 1987, he was named valedictorian of the Mazer Yeshiva Program. He then attended RIETS, where he studied under Rabbi Hershel Schacter and Rabbi Mordechai Willig, finishing in 1990 and proceeded to the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration in 1996. Rabbi Sobolofsky is the author of Reishis Koach, on Maseches Bechoros, and has produced a series of shiurim on tape on Hilchos Nidda, Hilchos Aveilus, on the construction of a mikvah and on halachic aspects of the Seder, which are available on CDs and MP3s.His most recent sefer is titled The Laws and Concepts of Niddah. Sample Titles Chinuch and Mesorah: A Formula for Success Shofar and Mussaf on Rosh Hoshanah The Halakhic Perspective on Abortion End of Life Issues Emergencies on Shabbat and Yom Tov Pregnancy and Birth in Jewish Law and Thought The Future of Korbanot and the Rebuilding of the Beit ha-Mikdash Shabbat and Yom Tov in Jewish Thought Birth, Marriage, and Death in Jewish Law Conversion to Judaism The Jewish Traveler: The International Date Line The History of Torah she-Ba’al...

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Rabbi Daniel Stein

Rabbi Daniel Stein is a Rosh Yeshiva in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, where he has been teaching a daily Gemara shiur since 2009 and directing the Fourth Year Halachah Lemaaseh Program since 2007. He is also the Rav of The Ridniker Shteibel, Cong Ahavath Chesed in the West Side of Manhattan, and was the founding Rav of Kehillas Beis Sholom in Clifton NJ where he served for four years. In addition, Rabbi Stein is an expert in the laws of eruvin and has been consulted regarding the creation, extension, and maintenance of numerous eruvin in the United States and Australia.   Sample Titles Alternative Medicine and Experimental Procedures Tzitzis in the Summer Sterilization and Sirus Lifnei Iver and the Non-Observant Does a Religious Caterer Need a Mashgiach? Shabbos In Outer Space and the Polar Regions The Mechitza In Shul Contact Sports In Halacha The Shabbos Goy and Amira L’akum Mezonos Rolls and the Bracha on Pizza Paternity Tests and DNA Evidence Is There A Mitzvah To Speak Lashon Hakodesh? Blended Whiskey and Sherry Casks Honoring Grandparents The Halachic Travel Ban To Egypt Wearing Tefillin All Day Blood, Bone Marrow and Kidney Donations Wills and Estate Planning Bal Tashchis Fruit Trees, Leftovers & Recycling Is Maariv Really Optional? The Kashrus of Turkey, Muscovy Duck, and the American Bison Can I Have A Ride Carpooling and Midas Sodom Anesthesia and Bris Milah Are Vaping and E-Cigarettes Kosher? Assisted Suicide Hasagas Gevul And Copyright Gender Specific Dress And Clothing Inviting Non-Jews To A Yom Tov Meal Honoring Kohanim Nowadays Permanent Cosmetics and Tattoos The Kashrus of Canned Tuna & Fish Fillets Kos Shel Bracha & Distributing Kiddush Wine Gambling In Halacha Shevisas Keilim Shabbos Timers & Alarm Clocks Owning Dogs and Dangerous Pets Conducting Business With Non-Kosher Food The Halachos Of Shaimos Yichud In The Workplace Compliments, Lies & False Flattery Great Challenges Means Great Potential Entering A Non-Jewish House Of Worship Abortion in Halacha Honoring Parents...

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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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