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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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Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler

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Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler

Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler is the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics and a professor of biology, as well as a rosh yeshiva in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Tendler is the leading expert on medical ethics as it pertains to Jewish law. He is the author of “Practical Medical Halakhah,” a textbook of Jewish responsa to medical issues, and “Pardes Rimonim,” a book about the halachot of Taharat HaMishpacha. Rabbi Tendler has been one of the most vocal supporters of Jewish organ donation. He has been a strong advocate for brain death criteria to be adopted as an acceptable definition of death under Jewish law. Rabbi Tender asserts that once organ donation has been deemed permissible under the given conditions, it is indeed mandatory, falling under the rubric of the legal obligation of Jews to preserve the lives of others. He has written extensively on euthanasia, infertility, end of life issues, organ donation and brit milah. Rabbi Tendler is spiritual leader of the Community Synagogue in Monsey, N.Y., and chairs the bioethical commission of the Rabbinical Council of America and the Medical Ethics Task Force of UJA-Federation of Greater New York. Rabbi Tendler is a strong supporter of Israel and Zionism and ascends the Temple Mount in Jerusalem every time he’s in Israel. Sample Titles Assisted Suicide Alternative Medicine: Medically Disputed, Halachically Refuted? Cloning in Jewish Law Time of Death: Brain Death in Jewish Law Domestic Violence and the Flaw in the Educational System Halakhic Issues of 9-11 Prioritization of Torah Values Memories of the Rav zt”l Societal Impact on Halacha Halakhic Response to Social & Scientific Change I of II Danger in Halacha...

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Rabbi Moshe Tessone

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Rabbi Moshe Tessone

Rabbi Moshe Tessone is Director of The Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University and a distinguished faculty member at Yeshiva University’s Belz School of Jewish Music and at the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies (IBC) where he teaches Halakha (Jewish law) and Sephardic customs. Moshe Tessone has toured extensively throughout North America, Latin America and Israel as a distinguished speaker on topics related to Torah, issues of Sephardic interest and Jewish education. He has also performed as a concert soloist featuring Judeo Arabic and Judeo Spanish religious music, prayer and liturgy. Rabbi Tessone received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, and earned his Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at YU. Moshe Tessone released his debut Sephardic Album/CD, entitled Odeh La’ El in Jan 2005. His newer album of original Jewish Sephardic pop music entitled Hakshiva was released in March of 2006, to great acclaim. Sample Titles Contemporary Sephardic Communities in America: Who Are the Sephardim? Jewish Leadership in the Sephardic Community: Understanding the Culture of the Sephardic Communal World Sephardic Liturgical Music: Judeo Arabic and Judeo Spanish Sounds and History Sephardim Vs Mizrahim: A Cultural and Halakhic Comparison Sephardic Integration: A Jewish Communal Challenge Middle Eastern Jewry: Understanding Judeo Arabic Culture Jewish Communities of The Islamic World : A Historical and Cultural Overview The Syrian Community of North America: A Historical Overview, and it’s Communal Life The Jews of Panama: A Historical Overview and Communal Life The Secret to Jewish Prayer: Understanding the concept of Avodah She’Balev The Jewish Patriarchs as a Paradigm of Jewish History: “Ma’aseh Avot Seeman Le’banim” How Can We Learn from Jewish Role Models: The Life and Times of Avraham, Yitzhak & Yaakov Expressing Gratitude Through Hallel: Understanding The Halakhic and Talmudic Sources for Hallel Hallel on Yom Ha’atzmaut? : Is There a Halakhic...

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Dr. Daniel Tsadik

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Dr. Daniel Tsadik

Daniel Tsadik is an assistant Professor at Yeshiva University (New York) and a visiting assistant Professor at the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Tsadik obtained his PhD in 2002 from the Yale University History Department specializing in the areas of Iranian and Middle Eastern history as well as in history of the Jews under Islam. His research focuses on the modern history of Iran, Shi’ah Islam, and Iran’s religious minorities. Subsequent to his studies at Yale, Dr. Tsadik has been teaching at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and elsewhere. He received fellowships from various places, including Tel-Aviv University’s Dayan Center for the research of Islam and the Middle East, the Hebrew University’s Golda Meir Fellowship Trust and Warburg Fellowship of the Institute for Judaic Studies, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin’s Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. Dr. Tsadik has authored a book entitled Between Foreigners and Shi‘is: Nineteenth-Century Iran and its Jewish Minority (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007). He also has published articles in his fields of interest, such as “The Legal Status of Religious Minorities: Imami Shi‘i Law and Iran’s Constitutional Revolution,” Islamic Law and Society 10, 3 (2003), 376-408; “Nineteenth Century Shi‘i Anti-Christian Polemics and the Jewish Aramaic Nevuat ha-Yeled [The Prophecy of the Child],” Iranian Studies 37 (2004), 5-15; and “Religious Disputations of Imami Shi‘is against Judaism in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries,” Studia Iranica, 34 (2005), 95-134. Sample Titles Islam’s Attitude Towards the Jews Quran and the Jews Muslim-Jewish Polemics Iran, Shi’ah Islam, and the Jews Jews of Iran Maimonides on...

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Rabbi Mayer Twersky

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Rabbi Mayer Twersky

Rabbi Mayer Twersky holds the Leib Merkin Distinguished Professional Chair in Talmud and Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He is also a rosh yeshiva in the Mazer Yeshiva Program of Talmudic Studies of Yeshiva College. His popular shiurim emphasize a combination of penetrating conceptual analyses and deep ethical imperatives. Rabbi Twersky hails from the well-known hasidic family of Chernobyl. His grandfather was the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Rabbi Twersky attended the Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass., which his grandfather founded, through high school. He then attended Harvard College, while studying Talmud privately with his grandfather. Following college, he studied for rabbinic ordination at RIETS. He eventually became a teacher in the Yeshiva University High School for Boys and later a lecturer at RIETS. In addition to Hebrew articles in RIETS’ annual Torah journal, Rabbi Twersky has published three English articles in the journal Tradition and an English article in the Orthodox Union’s magazine Jewish Action. Two of these four articles relate to the place of women in contemporary Orthodox Judaism. Sample Titles Growth During Downtime: Serving Hashem 24×7 Applications and Implications of Emunah A Torah Perspective on College Bitachon and Hishtadlus in Times of Crisis (Shidduchim, Parnasah) How Much is Too Much? Work/Life Balance In Today’s Technologically Driven Environment The Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Gender Separation: A Halakhic Perspective The Responsibility of Parenting When Religion and Family Collide: Interacting with Nonobservant Family Searching for Spirituality Through Halacha Alcohol, Drugs, and Morality Among Orthodox Teens A Woman’s Avodat Hashem Living as a Jew in Gentile Society Spirituality and Affluence Implementing the Ideals of Teshuva: Bringing the Rebono Shel Olam in to Our Lives Absolute Truth and Alternate Life Styles: The Torah’s Position on Homosexuality Malchiyos During the Aseres Yemei Teshuva Eretz Yisrael’s Central Role in Halakha and...

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Mr. Sam Tyszler

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Mr. Sam Tyszler

Sam Tyszler is a technology professional, specializing in networking and application delivery, personal technology, and classroom and back-office applications of educational technology. He has been with Yeshiva University for over a decade. His most recent assignment has been as Associate Registrar in the University Office of Enrollment management. In this capacity, Sam is responsible for supporting the technology needs of the University registrar offices and the Enrollment Managment office at large. In addition to his technology-oriented role, Sam serves the University’s Wilf Campus undergraduate community as Registrar. Prior to joining the Enrollment Management office Sam has served in the University’s Information Technology Services department as Senior Project Manager & Technology Standards Specialist. In this capacity he led major University-wide projects aimed at modernizing its technology infrastructure and delivering mission-critical services. Sam also played a key R&D role tasked with evaluating new technologies and advising senior management as to how they fit in to University IT objectives. Sam has also served the Yeshiva University High School for Girls as its first Technology Coordinator. He designed and built its entire technology platform from scratch and provided day-to-day support to all of its members. Additionally, he taught regular IT classes covering topics ranging from fundamentals to system administration. Sam conducts regular training with faculty and administration alike with the aim helping them get the most out of the University’s technology investment. Sample Titles Enrollment Management Technology & Data Security Personal Technology (and educational applications of such) Systems Administration...

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Professor Richard Weisberg

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Professor Richard Weisberg

Professor Weisberg is the Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Professor Weisberg is involved in theoretical and litigation-oriented approaches to the subject of his book “Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France.” Since 2001, Professor Weisberg has been the representative of former plaintiffs in Vichy-related litigation to an oversight committee, consisting of US State Department and French government officials, which has responsibility for the day-to-day restitution of stolen banking assets to victims or their heirs. In 2009, he was awarded the legion of honor by the French government. Professor Weisberg also has pioneered the worldwide Law and Literature movement and is the author of “The Failure of the Word, When Lawyers Write,” and “Poethics: And Other Strategies of Law and Literature.” He was an editor of the “Columbia Law Review” and was associated with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Professor Weisberg was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Society for the Humanities of Cornell University, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1998, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow for his study of the privatization of public discourse. In fall 2002, Professor Weisberg was on the visiting faculty at the Johns Hopkins program in Nanjing, China and is an honorary professor at Wuhan University. From 1979 to 1986, he was president of the Law and Humanities Institute and has been its chair since 1987. He is a former chair of the law and humanities section of the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Weisberg is founding editor of “Law and Literature.” Sample Titles Law and...

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Rabbi Richard Weiss, M.D.

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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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Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Ph.D.

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Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Ph.D.

Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, PhD is Yeshiva University’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Professor of Talmud in the Mazer Yeshiva Program, a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an adjunct professor of Bible at Yeshiva College. Rabbi Wieder is a prolific scholar, with more than 900 lectures on Judaism captured on audio and video and available online. Rabbi Wieder was one of the first Americans to win the International Bible Contest. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College in 1991, and received an MS in American Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He was ordained at RIETS and holds a PhD in Judaic studies from New York University. Sample Titles Heinz dilemma in Jewish Law Copyright Law in Halakhah Economic and Social deception in Jewish Law The Interaction between Halakhah and Secular Law The Status of and Ethical Treatment of Gentiles in Jewish Civil Law The Dissolution of Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem Fraud as Grounds for Invalidating Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem? The Halakhic Status of Electricity on Shabbos Abortion in Halakhah A Halakhic view on Disinheriting a Child Parameters and Priorities in the Mitzvah of Tzedakah Conflict Between Science and Halakhah: The Response of Posekim Land for Peace Status of Oats as a Grain in Halakhah The Structure of the Hebrew Calendar Use of Ancient Near East in study of Tanakh Non-literal interpretation of Scripture Tiqqun Soferim in Hazal: Emendation or Interpretation? Textual Variants in Tanakh: A Halakhic Response Targum: An Introduction to the Jewish Aramaic Translations of Scripture How our Biblical Text came to be: The History of the Text and the Tiberian...

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Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank

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Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank

Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank is a Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva University where he teaches college students and semikhah students Tanakh, Talmud, Halakha, and Jewish Philosophy at RIETS and MYP. Rabbi Wiederblank also serves as rabbi at the Yeshiva Community Shul (Shenk Shul) in Washington Heights. He recently published “Illuminating Jewish Thought: Explorations of Free Will, the Afterlife, and the Messianic Era.”   Sample Titles Limitations on Free Will: Is it ever too late to turn around? What is Olam Haba? Jewish Perspectives on the Afterlife Reason Verses Revelation: The role of the intellect in determining the spirit and letter of the law The Torah’s Perspective of Truth and Lying Tzdaka: Philosophical and Halachic Considerations Are we truly free? The Torah’s Perspective on Free Will Understanding the Preponderance of Talmudic Debate Eilu ve-eilu – Multiple Truths or Multiple Possibilities What will the messianic era look like? How will we know who the true mashiach is? Contradictions between Torah and Science How old was Rivka when she got married: Did the stories in the Midrash literally take place? Is there a mitzvah to study philosophy? What is Kabbala? Does denying one of Rambam’s 13 Principles of Faith always constitute heresy? An eye for an eye—Rambam’s perplexing perspective The Guide to the Perplexed—What it’s all about and why it was so controversial How do we know God exists? What are Jewish Business Ethics Understanding the opening chapters of Bereishit Why were we chosen? What is the purpose of mitzvos? The nature of divine providence: Does God control everything? What is the purpose of korbanos? Will there be sacrifices in the messianic era? Tikun olam and our responsibility towards humanity Is the Talmud Relevant in Solving Modern Technological Problems? How conceptual analysis ensures the eternal relevance of the...

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