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Dr. Karen Shawn

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Dr. Karen Shawn

Karen Shawn, Ph.D., is Visiting Associate Professor of Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University, Senior Fellow of Azrieli’s Institute for University-School Partnership, and co-editor of PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, a publication of Yeshiva University. A former public school English teacher, she was the middle school assistant principal for secular studies at the Moriah School. She taught for a decade at the Yad Vashem Summer Institute for Educators from Abroad and served at the same time as the educational consultant for the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum. The founder of the Holocaust Educators’ Consortium, an international, interreligious Community of Practice, she has lectured and written extensively on Holocaust education. The author of the widely-used text The End of Innocence: Anne Frank and the Holocaust (1992, NY; ADL), her most recent edited volumes are an anthology of Holocaust narratives and an accompanying teacher’s guide entitled The Call of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust Through Narrative (Shawn & Goldfrad, 2008, Teaneck, NJ: Ben Yehuda Press). Sample Titles The Call of Memory: Teaching About the Holocaust Through Narrative Stories of Jewish Heroism During the Holocaust The Holocaust and Heroism: True Stories of Jewish Defense and Defiance Beyond Candles: Commemorating the Holocaust Through Education What Makes a ‘Good Film’ Good? Teaching About the Holocaust Through Literature and Film The Sequential Holocaust...

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Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman

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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

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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

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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

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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 vs. Moving to Israel Counting Mechalelei Shabbos Towards a Minyan The Limits in our Mesorah of Machlokes Peyos, Beards & Electric Shavers Gramma on Shabbos & the Kosher Switch The Nature of Miracles & Their Religious Significance Litigation In Secular Court The Halachos of Dolls, Statues, & Celestial Images Burial in Israel Maaser Kesafim Pilegesh and the Mitzvah of Marriage The Proper Time For Saying Selichos Hearing Aids and Tekiyas Shofar Tears of Teshuvah Menorah Wars Lighting In Shul & Public Places Women and the Megillah Birchas Ha’ilanos – The Blessing of Spring Cosmetics, Toiletries, and Medications On Pesach Bedikas Chametz: Crumbs, Cleaning Early, and Going Away Guarding the Matzos and Ourselves Kitniyos Questions Kashering Keilim & Kitchens Matanos L’evyonim – Investigating The Poor On Purim Sefiras Ha’omer – A Progression of Counting and Growth The International Date Line and Shavuos Yom Tov Sheni and the Second Day of Shavuos Music and Zecher L’Churban The Difference Between Tisha B’av and the Other Fast Days Planning for the Day After Yom Kippur and Life After Yeshiva Do Mitzvos Have Reasons? Techeles Today Tearing Kriah At The Kosel Is Davening With A Minyan An Obligation Or A Priority? Premature Babies In Halacha Mistakes in the Kitchen on Shabbos Can Public Mitzvos and Rabbinical Position be Inherited? Learning Torah and Knowing Torah Business...

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Professor Suzanne Last Stone

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Professor Suzanne Last Stone

Suzanne Last Stone is professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University and director of Cardozo’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization. She has held the Gruss Visiting Chair in Talmudic Civil Law at the law schools of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was a visiting scholar at Princeton and Columbia Law School. Professor Stone is also an affiliated visiting professor of Jewish law at Hebrew University Law and Tel Aviv University Law School. Professor Stone writes and lectures on the intersection of Jewish legal thought and contemporary legal theory. Her publications include “In Pursuit of the Countertext: The Turn to the Jewish Legal Model in Contemporary American Legal Theory” (Harvard Law Review), “The Jewish Conception of Civil Society” (in Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society, Princeton University Press) and “Feminism and the Rabbinic Conception of Justice” (in Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy, Indiana University). Professor Stone is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School and was a Danforth Fellow in 1974 in Jewish history and classical religions at Yale University. Before joining Cardozo, she clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. In addition to teaching courses such as Jewish Law and Political Thought and Jewish Law and American Legal Theory, she currently teaches Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, and Law, Religion and the State. Sample Titles Synagogue and State: American Perspectives Torah and the State: Divergent Halakhic Conceptions of the State of Israel The Emergence of Jewish Law in Postmodernist Legal Theory Jewish Law and the Death Penalty Is There Justice in History? A Talmudic Approach Individual and Collective Justice Between Revenge and Reconciliation: Rabbinic Views on Historical Justice Judaism and Tolerance Dina de-Malkhuta Dina (The Law of the State is Law) Is the Halakha a Self-Sufficient Legal System? Views from Within Collective Punishment, War, and Morality How Do We Know the Prophet? Aggadah as Halakha: The Case of Honi HaMe’aggel Halakha: Rules versus Values Forgiveness and Mercy in Politics and Law Judaism and Civil...

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Mr. Michael Strauss

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Mr. Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Management at Sy Syms School of Business in Yeshiva Univesity. He is currently Chairman and CEO of BSafe Electrix, Inc. which is an advanced start up company which he started a few years ago. The company has intriguing intellectual property that addresses electrical safety problems that currently exist in the electrical device market in electrical products used universally in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Michael Strauss is also Chairman of Sherwood Consulting Group, Inc., a management advisory firm dedicated to advising and coaching emerging growth companies in restructuring and scaling their businesses. There were several companies that he worked with prior to founding BSafe Electrix. Prior to that, Michael Strauss spent twelve years at American Express. He was one of only three Executive Vice Presidents of the Travel Related Services Division of American Express. He headed the Gold Card Division, the Canadian Subsidiary of American Express, the US Credit Card Marketing Business and the US Travel Division. Prior to that, Mr. Strauss served in several financial and management capacities at American Airlines, The Bank of New York and CitiGroup. Mr. Strauss earned a BBA degree from the City University of New York, Baruch School, and an MBA from the same university. Mr. Strauss currently serves on the Dean’s Council at the State University of New York, at Stony Brook–College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He also serves on the Long Island High Technology Incubator at Stony Brook University, is a member of the Board of the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology (LIMSAT), is a founding member of the Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTNET), a founding member and Chairman of ExecuLeaders Forum for Marketing and Sales, Vice President of the Board of Managers of Estates I Condo Association, and a member of the Advisory Boards of several privately held...

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Dr. Frederick Streets

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Dr. Frederick Streets

Dr. Frederick Streets is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Frederick J. “Jerry” Streets earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology in 1972 from Ottawa (Kansas) University. While an undergraduate, he conducted independent research at the Institute on Race Relations in London. He is a graduate of the Yale Divinity School, holds a master of social work degree from Yeshiva University, certificates from Harvard University’s Program on Professional Education and The Staff College of the National Institutes of Mental Health, and a doctorate in social welfare from Yeshiva University. Ottawa University has also honored him with the Doctor of Divinity degree and an outstanding achievement alumni award. Dr. Streets was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. He conducted research on the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and families and the role of faith-based institutions in partnership with secular organizations in response to AIDS. The Reverend Doctor Streets served 17 years (1975-1992) as the Senior Pastor of the Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, CT. He developed a number of significant programs there addressing the mission of the church in an urban context. His efforts included an AIDS Ministry, a Latch Key After School Program, and a Health and Social Service Education and Referral Service for low-income and elderly people, as well as programs to develop affordable housing, minority male mentoring, outreach to the elderly, scholarships for youth, commodities distribution for the needy, and many more. He led in 1978 and 1979 a group of African American and Jewish religious and civic leaders to Israel as a part of a larger effort and dialogue to foster a better relationship among members of the African American and Jewish communities. He has served as a psychiatric social work associate at the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center and the Child Guidance Center of Bridgeport, and as a research associate and faculty member at the Hartford Seminary. In 1992, Reverend Streets was appointed Chaplain of Yale University and Senior Pastor of the University Church. The oldest college church in America, founded by Yale in 1757, the University Church formerly affiliated with the United Church of Christ, is a nondenominational ecumenical Yale University Christian church. He is the first African-American and the first Baptist minister to serve in Yale’s chaplaincy, a position whose deeply-rooted tradition grows from the 18th century. He is also an adjunct member of the faculty at Yale Divinity School. He is a former member of the Clinical Social Faculty of the Yale Child Student Center. His research and teaching interests are in pastoral theology, institutional leadership and development, law and religion, and social welfare. Under his leadership the Chaplaincy at Yale is considered a model of what Chaplaincy is today in a complex and diverse institution of higher education. Reverend Streets has made several visits to Bosnia as a senior consultant with the Harvard University Program in Refugee Trauma. There he met with refugees, physicians, and educational, religious and civic leaders to implement a model of psychiatric and pastoral care for those traumatized by war. He continues as a consultant/faculty member of HPRT to train mental health professionals from around the world to address the spiritual...

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Rabbi Ari Sytner

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Rabbi Ari Sytner

Rabbi Ari Sytner is Director of Community Initiatives at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future where he works to help strengthen communities nationwide. Training community leaders, rabbis, and rabbinic students in the art of Jewish leadership, Rabbi Sytner uses his talents and passions to reach and inspire the full spectrum of the Jewish people. Rabbi Sytner is originally from Monsey, NY. A student of Rabbi Berel Wein, he has served on the pulpit for 13 years in out of town communities, 5 years in Des Moines, Iowa and 8 years in Charleston, South Carolina. Rabbi Sytner studied Psychology for his undergraduate degree, Education for his Masters, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work. Sample Titles My Kidney Donation: A Personal Journey & Halachik Analysis Do Jews Believe in Karma? Achieving Stress-Free Living Angels & Demons Heaven and Hell: What do we Really believe? Lose Yourself in the Music: Why People get Entranced by Song Does Mazel Dictate our Destiny? Kaballah 101: What to Believe? Are Miracles Real? How Can we Tell? Divine Intervention: Can we Feel G-d in our Lives? Moses on the Corporate Ladder: Leadership Strategies from the Torah 3 Jews 4 Opinions: Why we Don’t See Eye to Eye Women in the Talmud Jewish Dilemmas in Bioethics Organ Donation Fertility & Reproductive Technologies in Halachah Stem Cell Research Hospice and End of Life Issues The Right to Die: DNR’s & Autonomy in Medicine Coping with Tragedy: A Jewish Perspective David’s Story: A Paraplegic’s Struggle to Live A Close-up Look at the Marriage of Rabbi Akiva Dating: Obstacles, Realities and Success Jewish Dating Practices: Past, Present & Future Successful Parenting for Raising Awesome Kids Honoring Parents in the Good Times & the Bad Making Marriage Great (And Painless) Dysfunctional Families in the Torah Religious Dilemmas in the Holocaust The False Messiah Phenomenon: A Look at Shabtai Zvi Why is Israel Always in the Spotlight? Esther’s Secret: A Fresh Analysis of Purim Secrets of the Pesach Seder Making Prayer Enjoyable & Meaningful Why do we wear T’fillin? The Mitzvah of Tzitsit Untangled Using Technology to Serve G-d The Mikvah & Jewish Intimacy Charity & Kindness in an Unkind World Jews & Non-Jews: The Seven Noahide Laws Making Sense of the Morning Blessings? Exploring the Power of a...

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Rabbi Michael Taubes

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Rabbi Michael Taubes

Rabbi Michael Taubes is Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, and has served as Head of School at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy – Yeshiva University High School for Boys, as well as a past member of the rabbinic faculty of Yeshiva College. He is also the spiritual leader of Congregation Zichron Mordechai in Teaneck, New Jersey, delivering regular Shiurim and lectures both there and at the Beis Medrash of Bergen County, housed in Teaneck’s Congregation Bnai Yeshurun. His classes are well known for their breadth of sources and clarity of presentation. Rabbi Taubes has been involved in formal and informal Jewish education for more than thirty years, serving both in the classroom and in various administrative posts. An alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion (“Gush”) in Israel where he was a student of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, zt’l, Rabbi Taubes attended Yeshiva College and was honored upon graduation in 1980 with an award for excellence in Talmud. He subsequently studied in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary for several years in the Shiur of the revered Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt’l, and from where he received his ordination. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School and then spent several years learning in Yeshiva’s Marcos and Adinah Katz Kollel, headed by Rabbi Hershel Schachter, shlita, with whom he continues to maintain a close relationship. Recognizing the need to spread Torah to people outside the sphere of influence of the yeshiva classroom and the Beis Medrash, Rabbi Taubes helped found The Jewish Learning Experience of Bergen County, a flourishing adult outreach institution, which he directed for many years and with which he remains affiliated. Rabbi Taubes is the author of The Practical Torah, a collection of articles on topics in Halachah based on the weekly Parshah, as well as numerous essays on an array of Torah subjects appearing in many Jewish publications. He also worked for ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications as a writer and editor for the English translation of the Talmud Yerushalmi, co-edited High Holiday Machzorim featuring the insights of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and has been involved in other Torah literature projects under the auspices of the Orthodox Union. Rabbi Taubes resides in Teaneck with his wife and family. Sample Titles Chinuch: Halachic and Practical Insights Chinuch and the Special Needs Child Chinuch for a Daughter Chinuch for a Grandchild Celebrating a Bar/Bas Mitzvah Celebrating the Shalom Zachar Honoring Parents/Grandparents/In-Laws The Mitzvah of Talmud Torah: How Much, How Often? Kiruv Rechokim: Halachic and Practical Issues Surrendering Land for Peace in Israel The Mitzvah to Settle in Israel Aliyah Against Parental Objection Living in Israel Under Difficult Circumstances Releasing Terrorists for Hostages Civilian Casualties War and Pre-emptive Strikes Rabbi Akiva: Our Greatest Hero Understanding Akeidas Yitzchak The Ten Martyrs: A Different Perspective Entering the Temple Mount Today May We Rebuild the Temple Today? Man and the Animal Kingdom: Various Issues Is Honesty Always the Best Policy? Acquisitions via the Internet The Three Fasts of the Month of Tevet Learning Torah on Nittel Nacht Awaiting the Mashiach Mashiach ben Yosef Davening to Angels Davening at a Graveside “Shukkeling” During Davening Red Strings and Other Superstitions Conjoined Twins Risking One’s Life to Save Another The Granting of “Semichah” Art in Halachah Foreign Languages in Halachah Using non-Jewish Names The International Date...

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