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Rabbi Elchanan Adler

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Rabbi Elchanan Adler

Rabbi Elchanan Adler has served since 1998 as a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he occupies the Eva, Morris and Jack Rubin Chair in Rabbinics. His affiliation with Yeshiva began in 1988 as a fellow of the prestigious Gruss Kollel Elyon. While there, he edited Volumes 3 and 4 of Beit Yosef Shaul, and received the Imrei Shefer writing award. Prior to his appointment as a rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Adler served as a shoel u’meishiv/sgan mashgiach (mentor/counselor to students). An accomplished speaker and writer, Rabbi Adler has lectured in communities across the country and is the author of Sefer Mitzvat HaShabbat  (on the evolution of the mitzva of Shabbat, 2008),  Yerach Tov  (on Birkat HaChodesh, OU Press, 2014, ) as well as numerous Torah articles in both Hebrew and English on diverse topics of Jewish thought. Rabbi Adler also served as co-editor of the Torah journal, Or HaMizrach, from 2003 to 2006, overseeing the publication of seven issues of the Journal. Before joining Yeshiva, Rabbi Adler studied at Yeshivas Beis Yosef-Novardok, Mirrer Yeshiva and Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem, where he received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rav Dovid Feinstein. Rabbi Adler holds a BA summa cum laude in psychology from CUNY and an MS in secondary Jewish education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he received the Axelrod Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence. Rabbi Adler’s shiurim are known for their substantive content and organized presentation. His talks often combine rigorous halachic analysis with practical psychological insight. He resides in Passaic, New Jersey, with his wife Miriam, a clinical psychologist and their 5 children. Sample Titles The “Other” Shabbos Goy: Perspectives on the Sabbath Observing Gentile Perspectives on Mechila: The “Give and Take” of Forgiveness Revenge: How Sweet is it? Jerusalem: United We Stand Patriotism in Prayer: Exploring the Prayer for the Government From Mitzraim to Sinai: The Evolution of Shabbos Ayin Hara: More than Meets the Eye Parameters of Piety: When More is Less Counting Your Blessings: A Prescription for Success Giving Tzedaka: Is Altruism an Imperitive? Dreams in Halacha and Aggada Priestly Blessing/Birchas Cohanim: Eight different shiurim related to the priestly blessing that can be delivered individually or as a series – i.e. “Basis and origin of Birchas Kohanim”, “Is there a mitzvah to be blessed?”, “Blessing with Love”, “Integrating Birchas Kohanim within the prayer service” Tefilla/Prayer Shiurim analyzing selected prayers within the Shabbos liturgy – i.e. “Lecha Dodi”, Kel Adon”, “Yismach Moshe”, “Yekum Purkan”, “Av Harachamim”, “Birkas Ha’Chodesh”, “Tikanta Shabbos”, “Ein Keilokeinu”, “An’im...

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Rabbi Hayyim Angel

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Rabbi Hayyim Angel

Rabbi Hayyim Angel is the National Scholar of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org). He also teaches advanced Bible courses to undergraduates and rabbinical students at Yeshiva University, and lectures widely. He has published over 100 scholarly articles, primarily in Bible, and is author or editor of thirteen books. He received his B.A. in Jewish Studies Summa cum Laude from Yeshiva College, his M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, his M.S. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and his Rabbinical Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Sample Titles The Chosen People in an Age of Political Correctness: What does it mean? God Insists on Truth: Two of the most Audacious Biblical Prayers, and how later Rabbinic Thinkers dealt with them How Open Minded Should We Be? An Overview of Kohelet and its Controversies Rambam’s influence on Tanakh study The use of modern literary tools and scholarship in traditional Tanakh learning Ezra: the first Modern Day Rabbi Afterlife in Jewish Thought, and Implications for...

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Dr. Stuart Apfel

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Dr. Stuart Apfel

Stuart Apfel is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at Downstate Medical Center, and has recently become an adjunct faculty member at Yeshiva University where he teaches an undergraduate course in neuroscience. His scientific research has largely focused on the potential clinical application of neurotrophic factors for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy and other neurodegenerative disorders, and on other aspects of translational medicine. He is a founder of Parallax Clinical Research, a consulting firm that works closely with biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies assisting them with advancing potential therapeutics from the laboratory to clinical trials, and ultimately to approval. Dr. Apfel is a popular lecturer at Einstein and Downstate, and has won teaching awards. In addition to his scientific activities, he gives regular shiurim in his community of West Hempstead, and has lectured widely on a variety of Torah related topics, mostly focused on Science and Judaism, Jewish History, and topics in Tanach. Sample Titles The Evolution of the Human Brain Repairing the Nervous System Why do we age, and what can we do about it? Alzheimer’s disease – Can we reduce our risk? From a Single Cell to the Most Complicated Structure in the Known Universe – Embryonic Development of the Brain Our Aging Brain – Can We Keep it Young? Sleep and Dreaming – How and Why Learning and Memory – How it Happens and How to Improve It Understanding Modern Medical Research The Torah Perspective on the Inflationary Universe and Dark Energy Adam and Chava and the Origins of Humanity Talmudic Medicine and other forms of Alternative Medicine Does God Play Dice with the Universe? – Understanding Chance from a Torah Perspective Should a Jew Believe in Evolution? The Mind / Brain / Soul – A Torah, Scientific, and Philosophical Perspective Torah Perspective on the Human Genome Project Orion and the Pleiades from the Perspective of Chazal The God Gene – Are we Genetically Programmed to Believe in God? Jewish Belief and Astrology Perspective of Chazal on Solar and Lunar Eclipses The Origins of the Torah She B’al Peh Beis Hillel and Beis Shammai The Massacre of the Jews at York and the Prohibition Against Suicide The Legacy of the Volozhin Yeshiva Adam and Chava and the Origins of Romance What was the Etz Hadaat Tov ve Rah? The Tower of Bavel Who was Malchizedek? The Relationship Between Yaakov and Eisav Understanding Yosef’s Dreams God’s Tefillin The Meaning of the Cruvim Understanding Moshe’s Failure at Mai Merivah What is it like to be a Navi? Learning from Yirmiyahu Yechezkhel – the First Galus Jew and the Survival of the Jewish People The Most Important Nevuah No One Has Ever Heard...

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Rabbi Kenneth Auman

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Rabbi Kenneth Auman

Rabbi Kenneth Auman has been an adjunct professor of Jewish studies at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University since 1993. Rabbi Auman is also spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Flatbush, where he has served since 1984. Rabbi Auman is well known among his congregants and students for his warmth, humor and impressive scholarship, and has become a highly sought-after speaker in history, halakha and hashkafa. In addition to his rabbinical and teaching roles, Rabbi Auman is active in many community causes. Rabbi Auman has served as president of the Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush, established the Kehillah Kashrus Rabbinical Board, served as rabbinic advisor to the Get organization, was president of the Rabbinical Council of America and has played an important role in maintaining the Flatbush eruv. Rabbi Auman earned a BA in Jewish studies at Yeshiva College and an MA in medieval Jewish history from Bernard Revel Graduate School in Jewish Studies. He received both Yadin Yadin and Yoreh Yoreh semikha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Auman previously served as spiritual leader of Young Israel of Stamford and Inwood Jewish Center. He began his teaching career at SAR Academy in the Bronx and Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan. Sample Titles ISRAEL: The modern State as heir to the ancient kingdom May one go on the Har Habayit? Does arguing with G-d make any sense? The Mitzvah of chessed Shidduchim, Bashert, and dating The Jewish wedding ceremony How does prayer work? The seudat havra’ah and other cheerful topics What’s in a name? Attempting to be an honest employer or employee Receiving blessings from angels Family Dynamics Dreams and their significance The mitzvoth of Yibbum and chalitza – Jewish continuity Kavod hamet Reward and Punishment: Is the World Fair? The Halachic Obligations of Non- Jews How Much Are We Influenced by our Surroundings? The Mitzvah of Living and Settling in the Land of Israel Does Gd Judge us on Our Present or on Our Future? Halachic Aspects of Dealing with Infertility Old Age: Blessing or Curse? Burying the Dead: A Holy Responsibility Deception: Do the Ends Justify the Means? Celebrating Bar and Bat Mitzvahs Be Nice to Your Relatives! The Proper Way to Give Tzedakah Whitewashing Averot: Chazal’s Cover-Up? More on Names “In Gd We Trust:” How Much? Three Strikes and You’re Out: The Laws of a Widow Remarrying The Arts of Forgiving and of Rebuke The Welfare state as a Jewish Ideal Lo Yasur Shevet Miyhudah Honoring the Government The Age of the Universe and Intelligent Design Substance Abuse from the Jewish Perspective The Roots of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Make Sure You’re on Time! Brit Milah on the 8th Day Be’er Sheva: Unravelling the Mystery of the Name Was the behavior of Lot’s Daughters Justified? How Old was Rivka when She got Married? – Really Did Eliezer Act Responsibly? The Struggle Between Rome and Jerusalem Could Esav Really Sell the Bechorah? Did Yaakov Avinu Know Genetics? Sheva Brachot – Whom Are We Blessing? The Policy of Appeasement Tombstones Machloket: Why can’t We all Just Get Along? The Struggle of Yehuda and Yosef The Welfare state as a Jewish Ideal Kriat Shma The laws of Shmitat Ksafim and Pruzbul as Shmitta draws to a close The laws of Maakeh: Our Physical and Spiritual safety In preparation...

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Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob

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Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob

Keith-Thomas Ayoob is the director of nutrition services at the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and associate professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City, where he has maintained a clinical practice for over 25 years. Dr. Ayoob is active on the national scene having been an American Dietetic Association national media spokesperson from 1995-2004. Continuing to be sought by the media for commentary on topical health and nutrition research, he has given over 1,000 interviews on television, radio and in the print media. His extensive television appearance list includes NBC’s Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, CNN, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, and PBS’s Keeping Kids Healthy. Dr. Ayoob’s sound, consumer-friendly advice is also sought by food, and healthcare, and non-profit organizations. He is on several professional advisory boards, including the Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the National Advertising Review Council, and was recently appointed to New York State’s Children in the Performing Arts Advisory Board. He is frequently an invited presenter at numerous state and national professional conferences. In 2005, he authored the book, “The Uncle Sam Diet,” based on the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines. Dr. Ayoob earned his masters and doctoral degrees in nutrition from Columbia University, and received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from the University of California at Davis. Sample Titles Obesity Children’s Nutrition Cardiovascular Nutrition Food Faddism Nutrition Myths and...

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Dr. Nir Barzilai

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Dr. Nir Barzilai

Dr. Barzilai is the Director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He is The Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Aging Research, Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and a member of the Diabetes Research Center, the Divisions of Endocrinology and Geriatrics. He is also the Director of the Diabetes Research and Training Center Physiology core. Dr. Barzilai’s interests focus on several basic mechanisms in the biology of aging, including the biological effects of nutrients on extending life and the genetic determinants of life span. Indeed, he has discovered the first longevity gene in humans, and is further characterizing the phenotype and genotype of humans with exceptional longevity through an NIH supported Program Project. He is also leading a Program Project to investigate the metabolic decline with aging and its impact on longevity. He received numerous grants, among them ones from the National Institute of Aging (NIA), American Federation of Aging Research, and the Ellison Medical Foundation. Dr. Barzilai has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and chapters in textbooks. He is an advisor to the National Institutes of Health on several projects and initiatives and study sections. He serves on several editorial boards and is a reviewer for numerous other journals. Dr. Barzilai was a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Beeson Fellow for Aging Research, the Senior Ellison Foundation award, the Paul Glenn Foundation award and the NIA- Nathan Shock Award for his contributions in elucidating metabolic and genetic mechanisms of aging, and will receive the 2010 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction in Aging Research Award. In his capacity as the Director of the Institute for Aging research at Einstein he leads or assists in 5 large programmatic (P01) approaches to biology of aging, a training grant (T32) and has additional individual grants (R01). Sample Titles Aging...

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Speakers | 0 comments

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher, originally from Australia, an instructor at the James Striar School of Yeshiva University and a senior lecturer for the Gateways Organization. Rabbi Becher received his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He taught at Ohr Somayach, Neve Yerushalayim and Darchei Binah in Jerusalem for 15 years, served in the Israel Defence Forces and taught in a number of Rabbinic training programs. His latest book, Gateway to Judaism, published by Shaar Press, is now in its sixth printing. Rabbi Becher has lectured for the UJA, Jewish Federations, the Zionist Organization of America, Hillel and is on the speakers’ bureau of the Israeli Consulate in New York. Rabbi Becher has answered thousands of questions on the Ask-the-Rabbi website, and has taught in Canada, the United States, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia and Russia. Sample Titles “An Eye For An Eye”: What Does it Really Mean? What If We Found Moshe’s Tefillin – Archaeology and Halachah Occupied or Liberated: Whose Land Is It Anyway? Jewish State or State for Jews? The Ideal of a Jewish State in Jewish Thought Cloning in Halachah “Triage” Rationing Resources, and Priorities in Medical Emergencies The Sabbath : Who Invented the Weekend Anyway? Exile of the Body, Exile of the Soul: The Exodus as a Metaphor. Freewill and Conditioning: A Delicate Balance. Jewish Law in a Non-Jewish Society Strings Attached: The Mitzvah of Tzitzit From Cairo to Cambridge: Jewish Treasures of Egypt (Cairo Genizah A/V) A Prophet for Our Time: The Life and Philosophy of Rabbi Samson Raphael...

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Cantor Bernard Beer

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Cantor Bernard Beer

Cantor Bernard Beer is director emeritus of the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music at Yeshiva University and has directed the school since 1985. He has been executive vice president of the Cantorial Council of America since 1974. Cantor Beer also serves on the board of directors and is a consultant for Sounds of Jewish Music in Chicago, Musica Judaica in New York and the Journal of Jewish Music and Liturgy. Cantor Beer earned a BA from Yeshiva and an associate cantorial certificate and cantorial diploma from Belz. He also completed graduate courses in music education at Columbia University and in voice, piano and theory from the Julliard School of Music. Additionally, he has served as a professional cantor in synagogues around the New York area. Cantor Beer regularly lectures in Jewish music subjects throughout North America. He has published articles on Jewish music in numerous periodicals and journals, including the Journal of Jewish Music and Liturgy, and will soon release publications accompanied with audio-cassettes of curriculum utilized at Belz. Sample Titles History and Development of Jewish Music from Temple Days to Modern Era Origin and development of the Ashkenazic chant Cantillation, as influence on synagogue and Jewish folk music The origin and development of Hassidic music and its usage in the synagogue service Mi’sinai Tunes, their significance in the synagogue service and influence in Jewish music...

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Dr. David Berger

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Dr. David Berger

David Berger is dean and Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. For many years he was Broeklundian Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was also President of the Association for Jewish Studies, co-chair of the academic advisory committee of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and has served as a member of the academic committee of the Rothschild Foundation Europe and of the executive committee of the American Academy for Jewish Research, where he is a fellow. He serves on the council of the World Union of Jewish Studies and the editorial board of Tradition. Dean Berger is the author of “The Jewish-Christian Debate in the High Middle Ages,” which was awarded the John Nicholas Brown Prize by the Medieval Academy of America, and co-author of “Judaism’s Encounter with Other Cultures: Rejection or Integration?” a finalist for the Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought. His book, “The Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference,” received the 2003 Samuel Belkin Literary Award. He has written numerous articles on medieval Jewish history, Jewish-Christian relations, anti-Semitism, contemporary Judaism and the intellectual history of the Jews. Dean Berger has been a fellow of the Annenberg Research Institute, a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem and a visiting professor at Yale and Harvard universities. Sample Titles The Messiah and the Redemption: Beliefs, Movements and Calculations from Talmudic Times to the Present The Catholic Church and the Jews: From Crusades, Expulsions and Holocaust to Dialogue and Diplomatic Relations A two or three part series called “Christians and Jews: Interfaith Relations from the Crusades to the Jewish State” Halakhah Confronts a Changing Society: Reflections on the Dynamics of Jewish Law Kiddush Hashem and Conversion from Crusades to Inquisition to Holocaust The Jewish-Christian Debate from Medieval Disputations to Modern...

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Dr. Moshe Bernstein

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Dr. Moshe Bernstein

Dr. Moshe Bernstein is a professor of Bible at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University. He also taught at Stern College for Women for 20 years. His teaching encompasses both basic and advanced courses, ranging from Introduction to Bible, Biblical Hebrew and Classical Jewish Intellectual History to specialized courses in Literary Approaches to the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Biblical Interpretation. Dr. Bernstein’s research focuses primarily on Jewish biblical interpretation in antiquity, particularly as witnessed in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aramaic targumim (translations of the Hebrew Bible into Aramaic). His publications in these areas have earned him international recognition as a distinguished scholar. Dr. Bernstein is a member of the international editorial team responsible for editing and publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and in 2001 co-edited three fragmentary Dead Sea Scrolls in the official publication series “Discoveries in the Judean Desert.” In addition to his academic and scholarly activities, Dr. Bernstein is a frequent lecturer on a variety of aspects of Tanakh and Judaism in antiquity at synagogues in the New York area and across the country. Dr. Bernstein is a graduate of Yeshiva College and received his semikha (rabbinic ordination) at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He holds MA and PhD degrees from Fordham University in classical languages. Dr. Bernstein also received a master’s degree in Semitic languages from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, where he later did advanced graduate work in biblical studies. Sample Titles Literary Approaches to Tenakh Biblical Thought: Lamentations, Ecclesiastes (Kohelet), Psalms The Text of Tenakh from Before the Ba’alei Mesorah to Printed Editions Translations of the Bible from the Targumim to ArtScroll The Earliest Biblical Interpretation – Reading the Bible Before There Were Commentaries Medieval Jewish Biblical Interpretation Second Temple Jewish History and...

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