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Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg

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Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg

Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg is a rosh yeshiva in the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Koenigsberg was a chaver (fellow) of the Gruss Kollel Elyon and previously served for five years as rebbe (instructor) in the Stone Beit Midrash Program. Rabbi Koenigsberg is a 1988 alumnus of Yeshiva College, from which he graduated summa cum laude. He received ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1992. A sought-after lecturer, he has served RIETS and Yeshiva in other capacities as well: as director of an honors seminar in Sefer Shev Shmaitsa; as sgan mashgiach/shoeI u’meishiv (mentor and guidance advisor to students); director of RIETS’ Presidential B’kiut Program; rosh kollel of Yeshiva’s summer kollel in Silver Spring, Md.; shoel u’meishiv for 10th-grade students at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys; and as a teaching assistant there for 11th-grade students. He is the author of two annotated volumes of selected shiurim (lectures) by the Rav, the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, and he recently published a collection of his notes on Tractate Yevamos called “Kuntres He ‘aros al Maseches Yevamos.” Sample Titles When is Price Fraud Considered Ona’ah? Parshas Pekudei: Setting Goals and Evaluating Accomplishments Teshuva and Talmud...

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Dr. Aaron Koller

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Dr. Aaron Koller

Dr. Aaron Koller is an assistant professor of Bible in Yeshiva College. Aaron received his doctorate in Bible and Semitics in the Revel School of Jewish Studies after doing coursework at the University of Pennsylvania and YU, where he focused on Semitic and other Near Eastern languages and Iron Age history, while also studying linguistics, Bible, Levantine archaeology, and Second Temple and rabbinic Judaism. He also has a strong interest in contemporary ethical thought. He has written papers about Aramaic dialects and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and also teaches classes on biblical interpretation and history at the Drisha Institute. Sample Titles The Uniqueness of Man in Eden and in Science Human Development and the “Sin” of Eden The Philistines in the Bible and in History Reconstructing Sennacherib’s Attack on Judah Archaeology in the Study of the Bible Where did the Alphabet Come From? Aramaic Sources from Biblical Times Everyday Life in Biblical Times The “Ma‘aseh Merkavah” of Ezekiel: Its Meaning and Significance The Modern Book in the Bible: Kohelet Amos, a Radical in his Time How do we Know What a Biblical Hebrew Word Means? The Structure and Purpose of the Book of Deuteronomy “Torah from Zion”: Jerusalem as the International Court of Justice in Isaiah 2 The Law of the Slanderer The Structure and Meaning of the Book of Ezekiel Homicide: Halakhic and Neuropsychological Aspects The Power and Meaning of Martyrdom Language Choices in Second Temple Judaism and Rabbinic Literature The Language and Character of Hillel the Elder The Limits of Halakha The Dual Nature of Rosh...

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Rabbi Ari Lamm

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Rabbi Ari Lamm

Rabbi Ari Lamm completed his B.A. in History & Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, and his M.A. in Jewish Studies and Eastern Christianity at University College London. He completed his Semichah at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 2015, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity at Princeton University. He was Yeshiva University’s first ever recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, which took him to London for his M.A. In addition, he has received a Henry Kressel Research Scholarship, a Tikvah Postgraduate Fellowship, and is currently a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Rabbi Lamm is the Special Advisor to the President of Yeshiva University, a position he started in June with the election of YU’s fifth president, Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman. He works closely with the president on all matters concerning the university’s mission and vision, and oversees the intellectual and philosophical initiatives emerging from the Office of the President. Previously Rabbi Lamm was the William Fischman Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center on the Upper West Side. He is passionate about exploring Jewish identity through the study of Jewish history and archaeology during the Biblical, Second Temple and Rabbinic eras. His regular classes on Judaism and the origins of Christianity have garnered a wide, online listenership, and have been spotlighted on Voice of Israel radio. He is also a founding editor and contributing author at The Lehrhaus. He is also keenly aware of Jewish responsibilities to the rest of humankind, and to that end is an Executive Committee Member of the Sri Lanka based organization, “Global Unites,” which promotes grassroots, non-violent, youth-based peace-making in conflict-torn areas from Africa and southeast Asia to Latin America and the Middle East.  Rabbi Ari Lamm will be teaching at YU’s Community Beit Midrash for the Fall 2017 semester. Sample Titles Hero or Hypocrite? Attacks on the Pharisees During the Second Temple Period Faith & Fanatacism: The Maccabees & Christian Martyrdom From the Persian Empire to the U.N. – Hakamat ha-Medinah Then & Now The Beatles & the Bible – Thinking About Popular Culture Iran Through a Different Lens – The Talmud Bavli in Historical...

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Mr. Andrew Lauer

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Mr. Andrew Lauer

Andrew “Avi” Lauer serves as Yeshiva University’s vice president for legal affairs, secretary and general counsel. In this capacity, Mr. Lauer is responsible for all legal matters pertaining to Yeshiva and its affiliates within the United States and abroad. Mr. Lauer also serves as counsel to President Richard Joel. Prior to his appointment at Yeshiva, Mr. Lauer was a partner at the international law firm of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman and Steiner LLP, where he maintained a large and diverse practice, while also serving as an active member of Thelen’s labor and employment law department. Mr. Lauer served as relationship partner to numerous clients in relation to various areas of legal specialty, including corporate, real estate, litigation, technology, outsourcing, bankruptcy, patent and trademark, and he often functioned as outside general counsel to many companies. Mr. Lauer also established and maintained an extensive Israel practice at Thelen and he worked with many Israeli owned and/or affiliated companies and regularly traveled to Israel to meet with his Israeli clients and contacts. Mr. Lauer also has prior professional experience as senior employment counsel in the office of general counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwC Consulting), where he was responsible for all employment law related matters affecting the firm and its more than 30,000 employees. In addition, he was responsible for all in-house employment law related matters pertaining to the planned IPO and the ultimate sale of PwC Consulting to IBM. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, he served as assistant general counsel of Deloitte & Touche USA, where he was employment counsel to both Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Consulting L.P. Mr. Lauer was also an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, where he conducted numerous trials and investigations and was assigned to several bureaus, including the elite Trial Cadre unit of the Homicide Bureau. Mr. Lauer is involved in numerous community causes and serves and/or has served on the Executive Board of several charitable organizations in the New York area. Mr. Lauer is a former President of the Young Israel of Woodmere, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Honorary Past-President of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, and a member of the Audit Committee and Long Island Board of Ohel Family and Children’s Services. Mr. Lauer also served as pro bono counsel to several organizations and not-for-profits, including the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Lauer has published numerous articles and has conducted training and seminars in various areas of the law throughout the United States and abroad. Sample Titles Lay Kodesh and Klei Kodesh: The Lay Leader’s Role in the Community Effective Board Governance Halachik Issues in Business Employment Law in the Jewish World Secular Enforceability of Beth Din Judgments Severance Pay in Jewish Institutions Financial Crisis: How Can You Help? How to be an Effective Manager Where does a Beth Din Fit within a Modern Society? Legal and Business Issues for Day Schools and Synagogues Legal Issues: How to Survive as a Pulpit...

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Dr. Michelle Levine

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Speakers | 0 comments

Dr. Michelle Levine

Dr. Michelle Levine is Associate Professor of Bible at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University, where she has taught since 2001. She is also a former faculty member of the Stella K. Abraham Yeshiva High School for Girls (SKA). She holds a BA, summa cum laude with honors, from Brooklyn College, an MS in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and a PhD in medieval biblical exegesis from New York University; her dissertation was awarded doctoral fellowships from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Dr. Levine also studied for two years at Michlalah Teacher’s College in Israel.  Dr. Levine was awarded the senior class Jewish Studies “professor of the year” in 2011. Dr. Levine is the author of Nahmanides on Genesis: The Art of Biblical Portraiture, which is based on her dissertation, published by Brown University Press (2009). She has published numerous articles on medieval biblical exegesis in academic journals, including “Maimonides’ Philosophical Exegesis of the Nobles’ Vision (Exodus 24): A Guide for the Pursuit of Knowledge;” “The Inner World of Biblical Character Explored in Nahmanides’ Commentary on Genesis;” “Nahmanides’ Literary Approach to Biblical Narrative: Varied Repetition in the Joseph Story;” “Character, Characterization, and Intertextuality in Nahmanides’ Commentary on Biblical Narrative;” “Ramban’s Integrative Reading of Biblical Narrative;” as well as articles on topics of the Bible, including “The Cognitive, Emotional, and Sensory Experience of the Yamim Nora’im: The Message of the Akedah;” “Va-Yera: The Potency of Prayer;” “Yeshayahu’s Call to Prophecy and Ma’amad Har Sinai;” and “Moshe Rabbenu  at Ma’amad Har Sinai:  Ascending and Descending the Mountain.”  She has also delivered papers at academic conferences, in the United States and Israel, focusing particularly on Nahmanides’ literary analysis of the Bible. Dr. Levine lectures widely across the United States and in Israel on various topics of the Bible and biblical commentaries, including Yeshiva University’s Midreshet Yom Rishon. She gives a popular weekly series on Tanach in Queens, that has been ongoing for sixteen years.  Dr. Levine has also taught recently at Lamdeinu Adult Institute, in Teaneck, New Jersey. Dr. Levine served as the Jewish Studies curriculum coordinator for the Board of Education of Yeshiva of Central Queens for twelve years. Sample Titles Bone of My Bones, Flesh of My Flesh: The Creation and Fashioning of Woman in the Book of Genesis The Nexus Between Torah and Creation The Potency of Prayer: Our Matriarch Sarah in Abimelech’s Palace Purchase, Posession, and Perpetuity: Our Hebron (Genesis 23) Walking in the Paths of Ba’alei Teshuva Throughout Tanakh Jacob and Esau: A Tale of Two Brothers Forging Our Nation’s Identity: Lessons from Exile and Redemption From Darkness to Light, From Slavery to Redemption The Road to Redemption: All it Takes are Righteous Women Revealing the Light of Redemption Through Our Prayers: The Berachot Before the Recitation of Shema Perpetuating the Sinai Experience: The Message of the Mishkan for Our Times The Ritual of Repentance: The Avodah of Yom Ha-Kippurim Clothing Makes the Kohen: The Symbolism of the Priestly Garments The Case of the Inverted Nuns: A Lesson in Emunah Tu Beshvat: The Miracle of Nature Chanukah: The Celebration of Torah She-be’al Peh The Illuminating Miracle of Chanukah The Message of the Menorah in R. Obadiah Sforno’s Religious Thought The Proper Practice of Repentance in...

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Dr. Michael Lipton

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Dr. Michael Lipton

Born in Boston and raised in upstate New York and Southern California, Dr. Lipton entered the Six-Year Liberal Arts – Medicine Program at Boston University in 1983. The program, designed to develop humanistic physicians, channeled students toward the liberal arts and clinical medicine. Dr. Lipton minored in Spanish literature with a special interest in contemporary Castilian fiction (Miguel Delibes was a favorite), including study in Salamanca, Spain. Key interests during medical school were the neurosciences and, in particular, brain substrates of psychiatric disease. Nonetheless, the opportunity to exploit technology and treat disease less invasively drew Dr. Lipton to training in Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology. In his first faculty appointment as assistant professor of radiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, through a newly established collaborative relationship between Einstein and the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI), Dr. Lipton was immersed in neuroimaging research and developed his own research program. With the support of a National Institutes of Health Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award, he completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Einstein, executing work that redefined our understanding of brain organization using electrical and hemodynamic (MRI) measures. Subsequently, Dr. Lipton was promoted to associate professor of radiology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences and neuroscience at Einstein and named associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center. In parallel with his basic science work, Dr. Lipton directs a program investigating mild traumatic brain injury and its effects on cognitive disability. Sample Titles Is There Any Such Thing as a Minor Head Injury? Detecting Microscopic Brain Injury in Living Humans Imaging Biomarkers to Improve Patient Care and Facilitate Novel Treatments Safety Issue in MRI: What Everyone Needs to...

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Dr. Robert Marion

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Dr. Robert Marion

Robert Marion, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the Ruth L. Gottesman Professor of Developmental Pediatrics at Einstein, is the director of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Rose F. Kennedy Center. He is chief of the divisions of genetics and of development medicine at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and director of the Center for Congenital Disorders. A 1979 graduate of Einstein, Dr. Marion has been a faculty member at Einstein since completion of his training in 1984. From 2002 until 2007, he served as co-director of medical student education for Einstein’s department of pediatrics. In June 2008, he became chair of Einstein’s committee on admissions. Dr. Marion’s clinical and research interests include the natural history and genetic basis of multiple malformation syndromes. He has published extensively in the medical literature and is the author of seven books including “The Intern Blues,” “The Boy Who Felt No Pain” (winner of a Christopher Award), and “Genetics Round: A Doctor’s Life in the Field that Revolutionized Medicine,” which will be published by Kaplan in October 2009. A resident of Westchester County, Dr. Marion lives with his wife, Beth Schoenbrun, a teacher at Scarsdale High School, and is the father of three children. Sample Titles Was George Washington Really the Father of Our Country? A Clinical Geneticist Looks at World History Miracles in Medical Genetics How To Get Happily Accepted to Medical School The Genetics of Autism Genomic Medicine: The Future is...

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Dr. Ari Mermelstein

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Dr. Ari Mermelstein

Ari Mermelstein, Assistant Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University, holds a PhD from NYU’s Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, a JD from NYU Law School, and a BA from Yeshiva College. He is also the assistant director of both the YU Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School and the Israeli Supreme Court Project at Cardozo Law School. Dr. Mermelstein’s first book, “Creation, Covenant, and the Beginnings of Judaism: Reconceiving Historical Time in the Second Temple Period,” was published in the Supplement Series to the Journal for the Study of Judaism (Brill, 2014). He is currently working on a monograph entitled “The Cultural Politics of Religious Emotion: Power and Emotion in Ancient Judaism” as part of his broader research on emotion in ancient Judaism. Sample Titles Did the Wise Son Own a Haggadah? Talmud Torah as an Alternative to Sippur Yetziat Mitzrayim on Seder Night. Was the Greek Translation of the Torah a Good Thing? It Depends Whom You Ask. The Divine Drama of Megillat Rut. Rabbi Jesus? Portraits of Jesus in Rabbinic Literature. Did God Originally Intend to Inflict the Ten Plagues on the Egyptians? The Effect of the Deaths of Nadav and Avihu on the Structure of the Book of Leviticus. Why Did the Jews Rebel Against Rome in 66 CE? The Destruction of the Second Temple in Its Historical Context. The Case of the Missing Shofet: Judges 4. Was Joshua Almost Condemned as One of the Spies? What Happened to Zerubbavel? Politics and the Davidic Dynasty in the Persian Period. What Hath Rabban Gamaliel Wrought? The Transformation of the Passover Seder in the Aftermath of the Destruction of the Second Temple. Why did King Antiochus Persecute the Jews? The Portrait of King Herod in Rabbinic Literature ‘God Will Rule Over You’: The Conception of Kingship in...

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Dr. Solomon Moshé

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Dr. Solomon Moshé

Solomon L. Moshé, MD, President of the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE), is professor of neurology, neuroscience, and pediatrics at the Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx, New York. He is vice chairman of the department of neurology and director of child neurology and clinical neurophysiology. Since 1979, his research has focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying age- and sex-related differences in epilepsy in humans and animal models. In addition to his laboratory research he is actively involved in several large multicenter studies examining the consequences of prolonged febrile seizures and absence epilepsy. In over 20 years, Dr. Moshé has mentored over 200 scientists and clinicians from around the world in clinical epilepsy and basic science epilepsy-related research. Dr. Moshé has served as president of the American Epilepsy Society (2000-2001), the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (1996-1997) and the Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers (1992-1994). He has been a member of the executive committee and the professional advisory board of the Epilepsy Foundation and has served as the secretary-general of the executive committee of the International League against Epilepsy from 2005-2009. Dr. Moshé has received a number of honors and awards including a Teacher-Investigator Development Award and a Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the NIH, the Michael Prize for achievement in epilepsy research, the American Epilepsy Society Research Award, the Ambassador for Epilepsy Award from the International League against Epilepsy, the Gloor Award from the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society and the J.E.Purkyne Honorary Medal in Biomedical Research by the Czech Academy of Sciences. He has also received the Mentor of the Year award from his own institution and the distinguished service award from the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern New York. He is an elected member of the American Neurological Association and the American Pediatric Society. Dr. Moshé has authored or co-authored over 300 publications. Sample Titles Understanding Epilepsy How Do Seizures Stop? Catastrophic Epilepsies: How to Get Rid of the Catastrophy Substantia Nigra and Age Related Seizures Suppression Epileptogenesis and the Immature Brain Neonatal Seizures Treatment of Age Specific Seizure Disorders Status Epilepticus When Should Seizure Disorders be Treated Ontogenetic Aspects of Seizures Ontogenetic Aspects of Status Epilepticus Age Depedency of Status Epilepticus Induced Hippocampal Damage Status Epilepticus and Mesial Temporal Sclerosis Treatment of Childhood Seizure Disorders Effects of Status Epilepticus Developments in Pediatric Epilepsy Patient Management Age and Sex-Dependent Substantia Nigra Mediated Modulation of Seizures Effects of Seizures on Hippocampal Development The Role of the Substantia Nigra on Seizure Control Do Seizures Beget Seizures and Brain Damage? Recognizing Pediatric Epilepsy Syndromes Understanding the Systems Involved in the Suppression of Seizures Diagnosis and Treatment of Specific Childhood Epileptic Syndromes Sexual Dimorphism and Developmental Regulation of Substantia Nigra Function Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Pathogenesis and Age-Related Treatment Issues Neuroprotection in Epilepsy Ontogeny of Seizure Suppression The Relationship of Febrile Seizures to Mesial Temporal Sclerosis Natural History of Seizure Induced Hippocampal Injury Advances in Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment Treatment Decisions in Infancy and Childhood Rational Antiepileptic Treatment What is the Evidence that Seizures Produce Brain Damage in Infants and Children? Hippocampal Damage: The Cause or the Effect of Seizures? Febrile Seizures Status Epilepticus Early in Life: A Translational Approach Devastating Seizure Disorders Absence Seizures and Their Prognosis How to Not Hate but Actually Love the...

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Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger

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Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger

Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger is a rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Neuberger is also the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, N.J. Rabbi Neuburger is an authority on issues related to marital relationships and the purity of the Jewish home. He offers his services to help young men train for married life and prepare to build a proper Jewish home built on Jewish law and spirit. From 1986 to 1990, Rabbi Neuburger was spiritual leader of the Jewish community at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Jack D. Weiler Hospital. Rabbi Neuburger received semikha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in 1979. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College, and earned an MA in psychology from Columbia University. Sample Titles Copyright in Jewish Law The Role of Parents and Teachers in a Student’s Life Decisions Scholarship and Scholarships: The Hidden Cost of Jewish Education Perspectives on Ramban and Minchat Chinuch Life Threatening Situations on...

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