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Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

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Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future, at Yeshiva University. From 2000 to 2005 he served as dean of the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Boston. He was the first rabbi of the Young Israel of Sharon, Mass., from 1977 to 1981, creating a vibrant and committed community. From 1981 to 2000, he served as rabbi of The Jewish Center in Manhattan, moving the congregation from 180 to more than 600 members over the course of his tenure, and also served as rabbi of the Maimonides Minyan in Brookline, MA from 2000 to 2005.

Rabbi Schacter is co-author of the award winning “A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism” published by Columbia University Press in 1996; author of “The Lord is Righteous in All His Ways: Reflections on the Tish‘ah be-Av Kinot by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik” (2006); and close to 50 articles and reviews. He is founding editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, a prestigious academic publication which has gained international acclaim.

Rabbi Schacter holds a number of prominent Jewish communal positions. He served as founding present of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of the Upper West Side from 1994 to 2000, is a member of the board of governors of the Orthodox Union and is on the editorial boards of Tradition, Jewish Action, BDD (Bechal Derachecha Da’ehu) and Jewish Educational Leadership.

Sample Titles

  • The Power of Connections: Thoughts on Rosh Hashanah
  • Yom Hashoah
  • Haskalah,Secular Studies and the Close of the Yeshiva in Volozhin in 1892
  • Facing the Truths of History
  • Torah Umadda Revisited: The Editor’s Intro
  • Ashkenazim, Sephardim and the Hannukah Menorah: A Study in Cultural Cross-Transference
  • Beyond Rabbi Akiva’s Students Sefirah Mourning In Medieval And Modern Times
  • The Concept of Amalek in Jewish Law and History
  • Sitting in the Sukkah on Shemini Atzeret
  • The Meaning and Significance of Tisha B’Av: From Mourning to Consolation
  • U-Netaneh Tokef Kedushat Ha-Yom: Medieval Story and Modern Significance
  • The Yamim Noraim: Holidays or Days of Awe?
  • Authority and Autonomy
  • Seeking Redemption in an Unredeemed World: Yoseph at the Seder
  • The Dialectic of the Pesach Seder: Servitude & Redemption
  • The obligation to kill Amalek: Biblical Mitzvah, contemporary meaning
  • Holocaust Commemoration

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