The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought

Dr. Stu Halpern

Dr. Stu Halpern is Chief of Staff to Yeshiva University President Ari Berman, responsible for overseeing the administrative, financial and operational affairs of the Office of President. He provides strategic support to the President, develops and coordinates high-priority initiatives, and serves as the primary liaison between the President and University stakeholders. During his 11 years at Yeshiva University, Dr. Halpern has served in various capacities, including in the Office of Student Life, Academic Advising, The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, YU Press, and as a professor of Bible. He has edited or co-edited 14 books, including From Within the Tent: Essays by the Rabbis and Professors of Yeshiva University on the Festival Prayers, Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity and Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought.  He has lectured in synagogues, Hillels and adult Jewish educational settings across the U.S.  Dr. Halpern received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Psychology in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, an MA in Bible from Revel, an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Touro University, and an EdD from the Azrieli Graduate School of Education and Administration. Sample Titles Angels and Demons: The Akedah, the Exodus, and a Pre-Rabbinic Midrash Az Yashir and the Creation Stories of Israel’s Ancient Neighbors Passover Polemics – Judaism, Christianity, and the Fight over the Seder Groundhog Day, Megillat Ruth, and Nighttime Seduction Scenes in Tanakh The Lion, the Pit and the Wardrobe: Daniel, Joseph, Esther and the Struggles of Being a Diaspora Jew Ve-nahafoch-Who? Purim and the Unfinished Business of Megillat Esther If I Forget Thee, O Uruk: The Mourning of Megillat Eicha in the Context of the Ancient World You Can’t Handle the Truth: Biblical Secret Identities and the Message of Yonah The Invisible Spy and the Zealot Who Didn’t Die: Two Ways to Read a Strange Tale of Pinchas “No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition”:...

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