Stern College for Women

Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary

Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary is an assistant professor of Judaic studies at Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women where he teaches courses in Bible, Second Temple Jewish history, Dead Sea Scrolls, Talmud, Midrash, and Jewish ethics. He received his PhD from NYU where he was awarded a McCracken Fellowship and was also a graduate fellow in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies at Cardozo Law School. His forthcoming book, Dispute for the Sake of Heaven: Legal Pluralism in the Talmud, has been published in the Brown Judaic Studies series. He has articles appearing in AJS Review and Dine Israel and he has written entries for Encyclopedia Judaica and Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. He is also a rabbinics reviewer for The Lost Bible Project: The Library of Israel in Late Antiquity to be published by JPS and a contributor to the forthcoming New Oxford Annotated Translation of the Mishnah. Rabbi Hidary is developing a teachers guides for teaching Tanakh in Yeshiva High Schools. He is also an assistant rabbi at Sephardic Synagogue in Brooklyn and director of Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael. Sample Titles A History of the Afterlife in Jewish Thought 3 Conceptions of Sin, 3 Paths fo Atonement Second Temple Sectarianism and the Rabbis: How the Dead Sea Scrolls Shed Light on the Talmud Law and Literature in the Talmud Bavli: The Halakhah and Aggadah of Tsedaka Halakhic Pluralism vs. Communal Unity: How the Talmud Deals with...

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Rabbi David Horwitz

Rabbi David Horwitz is a rosh yeshiva and the Rabbi Dovid Lifshitz Professor of Talmud at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He also is an instructor of Jewish history and Jewish philosophy at Yeshiva College and teaches an advanced shiur (lecture) for the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies. In 1997, Rabbi Horwitz received Yeshiva’s 13th Annual Moshe and Madelaine Baumel Judaic Faculty Incentive Award, which honors outstanding Jewish studies educators at the University and RIETS. Rabbi Horwitz is an alumnus of Yeshiva University High School for Boys (where he won the National Bible Contest, Chidon Hatanach), Yeshiva College, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and received his semikha (rabbinic ordination) from RIETS, where he was a fellow of the Gruss Kollel Elyon. Sample Titles Issues in Sefiras HaOmer Inyanei Pesach Halachic Issues in Japan Sefirat HaOmer – Is Verbalization Necessary? Halakha and the Scientific Revolution Rav Horowitz Sefer Hamadda Human Effort and Determinism in Ralbag Memories of the Rav Torah Umadda Rambam vs The Chachmei Ashkenaz on the Haggadah – some surprising differences An Argument of Rav and Shmuel – Matchil B’Gnut U’Lsayem B’Shevach – Spiritual Redemption and Talmud Torah The Corporate Completeness of Kelal...

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Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel

Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel is the E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law at Yeshiva University. He teaches at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and at Stern College for Women. Professor Kanarfogel is one of the foremost scholars in the fields of medieval Jewish history and rabbinic literature, and is the author five books and more than seventy-five articles. His most recent book, The Intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz, published in 2013, won the prestigious Goldstein-Goren International Book Prize, along with the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association of Jewish Studies here in the United States. Rabbi Dr. Kanarfogel has held visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and he has lectured at leading universities throughout the world, including Harvard, Cambridge, the Sorbonne, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He serves on the Executive Board as Secretary of the American Academy for Jewish Research, the premier scholarly organization for professors of Jewish studies in North America. Ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary where he was a member of the Kollel, he earned his doctorate in medieval Jewish history at the Bernard Revel Graduate School. In 2002, Rabbi Dr. Kanarfogel became the first person to win Yeshiva’s Samuel Belkin Memorial Literary Award on multiple occasions. He is also a winner of the National Jewish Book award. Sample Titles Precedent and Innovation in the Halakhic Process: Conversion and Reversion to Judaism History and Halakhah: Who will Build the Third Beit Ha-Mikdash? Conceptions of the Messianic Age in Medieval Rabbinic Thought Medieval Halakhic Decision-Making and the Implications for...

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Dr. Jill Katz

Jill (Citron) Katz is Clinical Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Yeshiva University.  She teaches both archaeology and anthropology, with a specialty in biblical archaeology.  Dr. Katz has excavated at several sites in Israel, including Ashkelon, Tel Haror/Gerar, and most recently Tell es-Safi/Gath where she currently serves as Field Director for Area P. Her research interests focus on political, religious, and urban development in Bronze and Iron Age Israel. Sample Titles “Who was a Jew?: The formation of Jewish ethnic identity during the time of the Judges What Yitzchak saw when he settled in Gerar?: Canaanite religion during the time of the Patriarchs How Jerusalem became the capital of the Jewish people The origins of the synagogue The Pharaohs who enslaved us: Did the Jews build King Tut’s tomb? Why it is easier to build a synagogue than a Temple Celebrating Passover in the Land of the Pharaohs The Pharaohs who enslaved us In the footsteps of the Philistines Jerusalem and Samaria: A tale of two...

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Dr. Michelle Levine

Dr. Michelle Levine is Associate Professor of Bible at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, where she has taught since 2001. She is also a former faculty member of the Stella K. Abraham Yeshiva High School for Girls (SKA). She holds a BA, summa cum laude with honors, from Brooklyn College, an MS in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and a PhD in medieval biblical exegesis from New York University; her dissertation was awarded doctoral fellowships from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Dr. Levine also studied for two years at Michlalah Teacher’s College in Israel.  Dr. Levine was awarded the senior class Jewish Studies “professor of the year” in 2011. Dr. Levine is the author of Nahmanides on Genesis: The Art of Biblical Portraiture, which is based on her dissertation, published by Brown University Press (2009). She has published numerous articles on medieval biblical exegesis in academic journals, including “Maimonides’ Philosophical Exegesis of the Nobles’ Vision (Exodus 24): A Guide for the Pursuit of Knowledge;” “The Inner World of Biblical Character Explored in Nahmanides’ Commentary on Genesis;” “Nahmanides’ Literary Approach to Biblical Narrative: Varied Repetition in the Joseph Story;” “Character, Characterization, and Intertextuality in Nahmanides’ Commentary on Biblical Narrative;” “Ramban’s Integrative Reading of Biblical Narrative;” as well as articles on topics of the Bible, including “The Cognitive, Emotional, and Sensory Experience of the Yamim Nora’im: The Message of the Akedah;” “Va-Yera: The Potency of Prayer;” “Yeshayahu’s Call to Prophecy and Ma’amad Har Sinai;” and “Moshe Rabbenu  at Ma’amad Har Sinai:  Ascending and Descending the Mountain.”  She has also delivered papers at academic conferences, in the United States and Israel, focusing particularly on Nahmanides’ literary analysis of the Bible. Dr. Levine lectures widely across the United States and in Israel on various topics of the Bible and biblical commentaries, including Yeshiva University’s Midreshet Yom Rishon. She gives a popular weekly series on Tanach in Queens, that...

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Professor Nechama Price

Professor Nechama Price serves on the Judaic Studies faculty in Stern College teaching courses in Tanach and Halacha. She graduated from Stern College, received her Masters in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School and a Masters in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. Both Director and alumna of the Program for Advanced Talmud Studies (GPATS), Professor Price is preparing an elite cadre of female scholars of Talmud and Halacha to serve as leaders and role models for the Orthodox Jewish community. In addition, Professor Price serves as a Yoetzet Halacha in Englewood, Tenafly, West Orange, Livingston and Long Branch. She regularly gives shiurim throughout the greater NY area. Sample Titles Battle Strategies in Tanach The Fight for Leadership, Yehudah and Yosef in Tanach The Tensions of an Isolated Jew in a Foreign Land: Yosef and Moshe History Repeats Itself: The Shevatim in Tanach Strong or Weak? Women in...

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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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Peninnah Schram

Peninnah Schram, internationally known storyteller, teacher, author and recording artist, is associate professor of speech and drama at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. She travels across the United States and around the world presenting storytelling programs and workshops for all ages, talks about the Jewish oral tradition and scholar/storyteller-in-residence weekends. Professor Schram is the author of 10 books of Jewish folktales, including “Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another” and “Stories Within Stories: From the Jewish Oral Tradition.” She has also recorded a CD, “The Minstrel and the Storyteller” with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery. Professor Schram received the prestigious Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator (1995) awarded by the Covenant Foundation. In 1999, she received the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network for “a body of work which is nationally recognized as a shining example of quality in the art form of storytelling performance.” She has also been awarded the National Storytellers Network 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award for “sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in America.” Sample Titles Jewish Stories and Songs of Love, Courtship and Marriage Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another The Voice of the Woman in Folktales Humor & Hokhma with a Detour Through Helm Sacred Stories for Shabbat Elijah’s Cup of Hope Kernels of a Pomegranate: The Art of Storytelling Traveling in Time: Family Stories and Songs What’s in a Name? A Storytelling Workshop on Names Standing on One Foot: A Storytelling Workshop in Process Journeys through Midrash, Biblical Texts and Storytelling Sermons Spiced with Stories: Interweaving the Two Arts of Public Speaking Reflecting On Our Jewish Journeys Taking the Stories Beyond: A Storytelling Master...

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Dr. David Shatz

Dr. Shatz is the Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought at Yeshiva University, editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, and editor of the series MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, which has brought into print many of the previously unpublished manuscripts of The Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l. After graduating as valedictorian of his class at Yeshiva University, Prof. Shatz was ordained at  the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and then earned his Ph.D with distinction in general philosophy at Columbia University. He has edited, co-edited, or authored fifteen books and has published approximately eighty articles and reviews, dealing with both general and Jewish philosophy. His publications in general philosophy focus on the theory of knowledge, free will, ethics, and the philosophy of religion, while his writings in Jewish philosophy focus on Jewish ethics, Maimonides, Torah and science, Judaism’s view of other religions, and twentieth-century rabbinic figures. Prof. Shatz has appeared many times on a PBS television series featuring distinguished scientists, theologians, and philosophers. He was named a winner in the John Templeton Foundation Course Competition in Science and Religion and has been chosen numerous times as outstanding professor by the senior class of Stern College for Women. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Tradition and the Steering Committee of the Orthodox Forum. In recognition of his achievements as a scholar and teacher, he was awarded the Presidential Medallion at Yeshiva University, the first member of the various university faculties to receive this highest honor. A book concerning his life and thought appears in The Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers, a series that the  publisher, Brill, states “showcases outstanding Jewish thinkers who have made lasting contributions to constructive Jewish philosophy in the second half of the twentieth century.” Sample Titles The Jew in the Modern World: Reflections of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l Suffering in This World: The Approach of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l Faith, Fate and Folly: Astrology, Science and the...

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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...

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