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Rabbi Benjamin Blech

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Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a Maggid-shiur at Yeshiva University, is an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author and lecturer. He has written 12 highly acclaimed and best-selling books, with combined sales of close to half a million copies, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Judaism and Understanding Judaism: The Basics of Deed and Creed, which was chosen by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations as the single best book on Judaism in our generation. Together with an accompanying six-hour video, filmed by the producers of 20/20 and featuring Rabbi Blech, Understanding Judaism: The Basics of Deed and Creed is used in study groups in numerous synagogues and universities around the country. His book Taking Stock: A Spiritual Guide to Rising Above Life’s Financial Ups and Downs was featured in a full-page article in the New York Times and his If God is Good, Why Is The World So Bad? has been translated into Indonesian, where it has had a powerful reception in the wake of the country’s tsunami. Rabbi Blech’s most recent book is The Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s starting work on the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, this groundbreaking book is already the subject of huge interest, discussion and controversy. Translated into 15 languages, available in 25 countries, a first printing of 100,000 copies by HarperOne, movie and TV rights presently in negotiation with three major film companies and with national TV coverage, this major work proves that Michelangelo incorporated many teachings of Jewish Midrash and Kabbalah into the Sistine Chapel. As a result of a personal meeting with the late Pope John Paul II, Rabbi Blech was instrumental in securing the loan of Jewish manuscripts for exhibition in Israel and he is involved in further negotiations for the return of precious Judaica held by the Vatican that may prove to be of historic significance. Rabbi Blech, a 10th generation rabbi, is rabbi emeritus of the Young Israel of Oceanside, which he served for 37 years. He is a frequent lecturer in Jewish communities around the world – from New Zealand to Tokyo to South Africa, and has given countless shiurim across the United States. He has appeared on national television (including The Oprah Winfrey Show), hosted a popular weekly radio program in New York and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times and Newsday, in addition to a wide and varied number of scholarly publications. He was recently ranked #16 in a listing of the 50 most influential Jews in America. Rabbi Blech served as president of the National Council of Young Israel Rabbis and of the International Council for the Repatriation of Russian Jewry. Rabbi Blech has been a Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva since 1966, and has received the American Educator of the Year award. Rabbi Blech is known for his warm and caring style, as well as his profound insight. His lectures on tape have an international following and are among the most popular from among the thousands made available on the internet through Aish Hatorah. Sample Titles The Holy Jewish Treasures in the Vatican: A Miracle on a Mission to Rome Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel and the Jewish...

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Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich

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Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich

Rabbi J. David Bleich is an authority on Jewish law and ethics and bioethics. He holds the Herbert and Florence Tenzer Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics, is a professor of Talmud (rosh yeshiva) at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and heads RIETS’ postgraduate institute for the study of Talmudic jurisprudence and family law. Rabbi Bleich has also been teaching at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law since 1981, with specialties in Jewish law and bioethics. His recent courses include Introduction to Jewish Law, Advanced Jewish Law and Jewish Law and Contemporary Legal Issues. Rabbi Bleich, spiritual leader of the Yorkville Synagogue in Manhattan, is the author of “Jewish Bioethics, With Perfect Faith: Foundations of Jewish Belief, Contemporary Halakhic Problems” (four volumes), and “Time of Death in Jewish Law and Judaism and Healing.” He has written extensively on the applications of Jewish law to contemporary social issues and on the interface of Jewish law and the American legal system. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hastings Center, fellow of the Academy of Jewish Philosophy and a member of the Governor’s Commission on Life and the Law. Rabbi Bleich received a BA from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from New York University. He was ordained at Yeshiva Torah VoDaat in New York, and was conferred with Yadin Yadin ordination from Rabbis Moshe Feinstein and Mendel Zaks. Sample Titles: Adoption Agencies Hilchos Ishus Contemporary Bioethical Issues Kefiah BeGet Gitin Hebrew Names P’ru Urv’u Dating of Ketubah and Checks War Heter Iska Kutim Agunot Resources in Halachic Literature Adultery The right to die Withdrawl of Treatment Avaryanim Bizman Hazeh Nimtza Echad Karov O Pasul Transplants Get Me’useh Piscatorial Kashruth Tinok D’Lo Chakim Vlo Tipesh Sechar Sofer Vegetarianism & Shechitah Status of Shoteh Agunah Civil Marraiges Sheimot B’Get Contraception Surrogate Motherhood Tnai Bnisuin Erkaot Tuvei Ha’ir Ki Matza Ba Ervat Davar Inflation Mental Illness Adoption Shamot BeGittin Cities and Rivers Tza’ar Ba’alei...

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Dr. Norman Blumenthal

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Dr. Norman Blumenthal

Dr. Norman Blumenthal is education director of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon and Semikha Honors Program at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. A licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Lawrence, NY, Dr. Blumenthal is Zachter Family Chair in Trauma and Crisis Counseling and Director of OHEL Miriam Center for Trauma, Bereavement and Crisis Response. Dr. Blumenthal is founder and chairman of the board of education of CAHAL, a partnership of 10 local yeshivot and Hebrew day schools providing special education classes for learning disabled children; coordinator of group psychotherapy training for interns and residents at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System; and consultant to TOVA, a mentoring program for disenfranchised teens. Dr. Blumenthal received his MA and PhD from Adelphi University. Sample Titles discipline sibling rivalry year in Israel bereavement children’s reactions to trauma and loss secondary trauma affluenza (relationship to money) adjusting to financial hardship adolescence parental alienation dating and courtship religious differences between parents and children parental relationship with grown up children self...

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Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander

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Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander

Rabbi Dr. Kenneth (Kenny) Brander is Vice President for University and Community Life at Yeshiva University.  He concurrently serves as the inaugural David Mitzner Dean of Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future. The CJF shapes, enriches and inspires the contemporary Jewish community by convening the resources of Yeshiva. It does so by infusing the student body with the spirit of leadership and a sense of klal Yisrael. CJF serves to build, cultivate and support communities, rabbinic and lay leaders, and individuals. Furthermore, CJF is creating a global movement that promotes the values of Yeshiva. Rabbi Brander is rabbi emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue, founding dean of the Boca Raton Community Kollel and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School of Broward and Palm Beach counties. During his 14 years of service to that community, he oversaw its explosive growth from 60 families to some 600 families. Rabbi Brander is a 1984 alumnus of Yeshiva College and received his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1986. At RIETS, he had the distinction of serving as personal aide to the esteemed Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He also received special ordination from Machon Puah, a center of medical ethics in Israel, and from former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu in the field of medical ethics. He received his PhD in general philosophy from Florida Atlantic University. Sample Titles Playing God: Can I Choose my Child? PGD and Genetic Screening – A Torah Perspective My Egg, My Husband, Her Womb, Whose Child? The Ethics of Reproductive Medicine Through the Prism of Jewish Law The Ethics of Reproductive Medicine in Jewish Law: A Torah Perspective End of Life Issues Through the Prism of Halakhah Fertility Procedures The Gift of Life: Donating Organs; A Jewish Perspective Our Health and Well-being: Compassionate and Halakhic Treatment of the Terminally Ill Patient Stem Cell Research – The Definition of Life as seen in Parshat Mishpatim Ethics of War “Is Zionism Diametrically Opposed to Judaism?” Contemporary Halakhot of Modesty Truth About Women’s Zimun Privacy: Hezek Rei’ya Synagogue – Mikdash Ma’at Creating Spiritual Spaces Role of Divine Intervention in the Halachic Process Our Personal Relationship with God: A Mystical Approach Rabbi Eliezer’s Seder Table: Understanding It’s Historical and Philosophical Significance The Value of Atheism: God’s Search for Man; Man’s Search for God The Value of Sin: The Key to Personal Growth Our Communities: A Philosophy of Balance and Synthesis Redemption Naturally: Moshiach and The Modern State of Israel Home is Where the Heart is and Where the Chametz was Preparation for Pesach Early Versions of the Hagadah Reflecting the Light of Chanukah Through the Thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik Sefirat ha’Omer and the Students of Rabbi Akiva: Learning from Their Death, the Purpose of Life The Students of Rabbi Akiva: From Their Death Learning the Purpose of Life Yom Ha’Kippurim A Day Hallowed in Fear or Honored in Joy? Yom Hashoa: Theological Implications of the Holocaust Yom Yerushalayim and Religious Zionism through the Prism of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Teachings The Modern State of Israel: Is Redemption Possible Through a Natural Process? U’Netaheh Tokef Understanding the Historic, Midrashic and Talmudic Roots Exploring Halachik and Philosophical Aspects of the Ten Martyrs Exploring Our Relationship with God: God’s Search for Man; Man’s Search for God Say to Them that You are my...

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Dr. Edward Burns

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Dr. Edward Burns

Dr. Edward Burns is executive dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In this capacity, he has responsibility for the support of clinical and basic science research, the College’s doctoral and post-doctoral programs, the clinical and scientific relationships with the College’s hospital affiliates, the development of scientific discoveries into biomedical technology and the licensing of these technologies to pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners. He also oversees the College’s policies relating to the responsible conduct of research and biomedical ethics. Dr. Burns is a graduate of Yeshiva and received his medical degree from Einstein. Over a 20-year period he has been a faculty member of the College and is a professor in the departments of pathology and medicine. He served as director of clinical hematology at Einstein Hospital and vice-chairman and director of laboratories at Einstein and Montefiore hospitals. He has written more than 50 articles in medical journals and chapters in books, has authored a textbook and holds five U.S. patents for his own inventions. Since joining the Einstein faculty, Dr. Burns was awarded the Sam Rosen Award for outstanding clinical teaching and the Harry Eagle award for excellence in basic science teaching. Sample Titles What Research Has In Store for...

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Rabbi Zevulun Charlop

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Rabbi Zevulun Charlop

Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, dean emeritus of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, is an authority on Torah and Talmud and a lecturer in American history. He has authored numerous scholarly essays, including “The Making of Orthodox Rabbis” in Encyclopedia Judaica and “G-d in History and Halakha from the Perspective of American History.” Rabbi Charlop, spiritual leader of Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx, N.Y., has served as president of the American Committee for the United Charities in Israel, General Israel Orphans Home for Girls in Jerusalem and the National Council of Young Israel Rabbis. In May 2008, Rabbi Charlop received Yeshiva’s Presidential Medallion in recognition of his stewardship of RIETS. Under his distinguished leadership of more than 35 years, the seminary experienced enormous growth, graduating thousands of rabbis, educators and Jewish scholars. Rabbi Charlop serves as one of RIETS’ masmichim (those who administer ordination exams) and maintains his special relationship with the Kollelei Elyon. He also serves as special advisor on Yeshiva affairs to President Richard M. Joel. Rabbi Charlop is editor of three novellae on Torah and Talmud by his late father, the noted Rabbi Jechiel Michael...

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Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Cohen

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Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Cohen

Rabbi Mordechai Z. Cohen is professor of Bible and associate dean of the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. He has written a number of seminal studies in both Hebrew and English on Jewish biblical interpretation (parshanut ha-miqra) in its cultural settings, particularly its interface with Arabic poetics, Muslim jurisprudence and modern literary approaches to the Bible. Recognized as a leading authority in this field, he lectures regularly at academic conferences in the United States, Europe and Israel. His first book, “Three Approaches to Biblical Metaphor: From Abraham Ibn Ezra and Maimonides to David Kimhi,” was published by Brill Academic Press in 2003 and was re-issued in a second edition in 2008. His second book, “Opening the Gates of Interpretation: Maimonides’ Biblical Exegesis in Light of His Geonic-Andalusian Heritage and Muslim Milieu,” will be published by Brill in 2010. Rabbi Cohen graduated from Yeshiva College in 1987, was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1990 and received his PhD at Revel in 1994. Sample Titles Jonah’s Struggle with God: Literary Perspectives New trends in the study of the History of Biblical Interpretation From New Heart to Broken Heart: Penitence (Teshuva) in Psalm 51 Tehillim (Psalms) As Poetry Maimonides and Moses Ibn Ezra: How Arabic Poetics and Muslim Jurisprudence Illuminate Sacred Hebrew Text Joy With Tears: Celebrating the Return to Zion in Psalm 126 Bible and Literary Criticism: In Memory of Nehama Leibowitz Spirit and Soul: What Makes Hebrew the Sacred Tongue Kedusha, Perishut, Ve-‘Achdut: Separation and Unity in Holiness Malbim’s Reaction to the Literary Method in Biblical Exegesis Nahmanides’ Commentary and Thought, nine-lecture series Literary Perceptions in Medieval Biblical Commentaries Literary Artistry in the Book of Jonah Literary Artistry and the Theology of Hesed in the Book of Ruth, two-lecture series What Does Maimonides Really Say About Peshuto Shel Miqra Biblical Interpretation Between Cultures: New Scholarship on the Traditional Commentators; eight-lecture series New Approaches to Parshanut ha-Miqra (Biblical interpretation) in modern scholarship Jewish Traditions of Biblical Interpretation in Their Muslim and Christian Contexts; five-lecture series Sa`adia Gaon, Moses Ibn Ezra and Maimonides: The Use of Arabic Learning in the Analysis of Biblical Metaphor Rabbi Isaac Swift Memorial Lecture: Literary Approaches to the Bible and Modern Orthodoxy The Great Torah Commentators in their Cultural Contexts Benefits and Dangers of a Literary Approach to the Torah Jerusalem: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives Nahmanides on the Torah’s Literary Structure Job: Responses to Human Suffering Psychology of Biblical Personalities Psalms: Divine or Human? Psalms: Content, Style and Message Minor Prophets: Genres and Meaning Biblical Narratives Related to the High Holy Days The Literary Foundation of Nehama Leibowitz’s Biblical Scholarship Jerusalem: Dream and Reality in Psalm 126 Psalm 27: Faith and Doubt The Saga of Jonah Psalms and Prayer Narrative Art in...

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Dr. Ekaterina Dadachova

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Dr. Ekaterina Dadachova

Dr. Dadachova is currently the Sylvia and Robert Olnick Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research and an associate professor of nuclear medicine and microbiology and immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She received her Bachelor of Chemistry degree in 1986 from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. After obtaining her PhD in physical chemistry in 1992 from the same institution she emigrated to Australia where in 1993 she started postdoctoral work at the biomedicine and health program, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO). Dr. Dadachova was given a task to develop a separation procedure for production of radioactive isotopes for medical applications. In 1995 she was invited as a guest scholar to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), TN where she worked for 6 months at the production of isotopes in nuclear reactor and at making radioactive antibodies for cancer treatment. On return to ANSTO from ORNL she was promoted to research scientist position. In 1998 Dr. Dadachova was invited by Dr. Martin Brechbiel, of the National Cancer Institute, NIH to join his radioimmune and inorganic chemistry section as a visiting associate. During her 2 years at NIH she participated in all aspects of pre-clinical development and evaluation of radioactive drugs from chemistry to experimental therapy and toxicity studies. In 2000 Dr. Dadachova was recruited by the department of nuclear medicine, AECOM as assistant professor of nuclear medicine and director of radiochemistry. She has developed an active research program in novel therapies of cancer and infectious diseases using radioactive drugs. To date, Dr. Dadachova has published 91 peer-reviewed papers and is named inventor on 12 patents. Ongoing research projects in her laboratory are funded by NIH, research foundations and industry grants. She currently serves on the editorial boards of “Nuclear Medicine and Biology” and “Cancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals” journals. Sample Titles Melanin Pigment as an Energy Transducer in Microorganisms and its Potential Applications in Bioremediation New Approaches to the Therapy of Infectious Disease Bismuth-213 in Radioimmunotherapy of Infectious Diseases Radiolabeled Antibodies for Therapy of Infections and Cancers of Viral...

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Dr. Yaakov Elman

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Dr. Yaakov Elman

Yaakov Elman is a professor of Judaic studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. He is also a director of the Friedberg Genizah Project. Professor Elman is the author of “The Living Torah,” a two-volume translation and commentary on Nevi’im , together with diagrams and maps. He is the editor of “Hazon Nahum: Studies in Jewish Law, Thought and History Presented to Dr. Norman Lamm on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday.” Professor Elman has published widely in the field of Talmud, and his research interests include rabbinic theology, unfolding systems of rabbinic legal exegesis and the cultural context of classical rabbinic texts. For the past five years, he has divided his time between Yeshiva and Harvard University, where he is an associate of the Center for Jewish Studies, and conducts research on the relation of the Babylonian Jewish community of Talmudic times to the surrounding Middle Persian culture and religions. Rabbi Elman received his MA in Assyriology from Columbia University and his PhD in Talmud from New York University. Sample Titles Modern Orthodoxy: The Fourth-Century Version Why the Righteous Suffer: Some Surprising Rabbinic Views The History of Halakhah According to R. Zadok ha-Kohen of Lublin Theories of the Dual Torah Responses to the Challenges of Biblical Criticism and Modernity The Cosmopolitan Babylonian Talmud Communication of Ex-Communication: An Examination of Two Rabbinic Policies An Introduction to the Intellectual History of the Bavli The Real Torah...

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Dr. Carl Feit

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Dr. Carl Feit

Dr. Carl Feit is a noted cancer research scientist and holds the Dr. Joseph and Rachel Ades Chair in Health Sciences at Yeshiva University. Dr. Feit has chaired the science division of Yeshiva College since 1985. Prior to coming to Yeshiva, Dr. Feit was a research scientist at the immunodiagnosis laboratory at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. Dr. Feit serves on the editorial board of Cancer Investigation. He is also a Talmudic scholar and has lectured and taught Talmud classes for many years. He is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion. Dr. Feit has a BA from Yeshiva College, earned his PhD from Rutgers University, and is also an ordained rabbi. Sample Titles Chaos and Cloning: The Interplay of Science and Halacha Science and the Relationship to Torah Extraterrestrial Life Torah U’Madda Darwin and Drush – The Interplay Between Torah and Biology Point and Counterpoint – Jewish Responses to Evolution in the 20th Century Human or Golem: Therapeautic Cloning and Definitions of Humanhood in Jewish Law Science as a Paradigm for Halakhic Thought: An Introduction to the Theology of Rabbi Joseph B....

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