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Professor Smadar Rosensweig

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Featured, Speakers | 0 comments

Professor Smadar Rosensweig

Smadar Rosensweig is clinical assistant professor of Judaic studies at Stern College for Women. She received her B.A. from Barnard College  in 1983, and an M.A. in 1987 and M.Phil in 1989, both in Jewish History from Columbia University. She gives shiurim and lectures throughout the New York metropolitan area and across the country. Sample Titles Themes in Megillat Ruth From The Depths of Shechem To The Glory of Geula: The Remarkable Ascention of Shevet Levi Moshe, Aharon, & Miriam: Sibling Models of Leadership Sefirah, Torah & Personal Growth Bracha and Bechora: Reuven and Yehuda Interrelationship of Avot and Imahot The Lesons of Chana Haftarot of Calamity and Consolation Mothers-in-law, Daughters-in-law; the Book of...

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Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig

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Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig

Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig occupies the Nathan and Perel Schupf Chair in Talmud at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and is a rosh yeshiva in the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies of Yeshiva University. He has written extensively, contributing to numerous journals of Torah learning. Rabbi Rosensweig received his semikha (rabbinic ordination) from RIETS and was a distinguished fellow of its post-semikha institute, the Gruss Kollel Elyon. He received his BA from Yeshiva College and earned his PhD in medieval Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies while studying under Professor Haym Soloveitchik. Rabbi Rosensweig was also a student of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik for seven years, and a student of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, renowned Talmudic scholar, rosh yeshiva at Yeshivat Har Etzion and director of the Joseph and Caroline Gruss Institute in Jerusalem. In 1997, Rabbi Rosensweig was appointed rosh kollel (dean) of the prestigious Israel Henry Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies (Ha-Machon ha-Gavohah le’Talmud) at RIETS. Rabbi Rosensweig is known for his intricate conceptual approach to Talmud study, as well as his heavy use of Brisker methodology in Talmudic analysis. Sample Titles Judging and Being Judged: Ending Personal and Communal Divisiveness Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding: The Guidance of Daas Torah Family: The Cornerstone of Community How to Pick a School for your Child…Values & Priorities in Jewish Education The Role of Personal Initiative in Avodat Hashem: Opportunities and Limits Sefirat ha-Omer: The Bridge Between Pesach and Shavuos The Hashkafic Framework of Social Change The Teshuvas of Aseres Yemei Teshuva and Yom Kippur Repentance As a Response to 9/11 Eretz Yisrael: The Corporate Headquarters of Klal Yisroel Teshuva With Respect To Transgressions and Our Relationship with Hashem The Dual Nature of Rosh Hashanah Teshuvah on Yom Kippur according to the Rambam’s Hilchos Teshuva Reflections on the Conceptual Approach to Talmud Torah Personal Initiative and Creativity in Avodat Hashem The Interface between Yom Kippur & Sukkot: Joy and Awe as Complementary Expressions of Avodat Hashem The Importance of Time in Judaism Halakhic Minimalism or Maximalism? A Conceptual Look at the Heter...

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Dr. Daniel Rynhold

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Dr. Daniel Rynhold

Dr. Daniel Rynhold arrived on these shores from London, England, in August 2007 to take up a position as an assistant professor in modern Jewish philosophy at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. Educated at the universities of Cambridge and London, Dr. Rynhold had previously been a lecturer in Judaism in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London, a position he had held since 2001. This followed two years as a lecturer at the renowned Jews’ College of London. Dr. Rynhold published his first book, “Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One’s Practices” in 2005 with Oxford University Press, and is completing the manuscript for his second book “An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy.” He has published articles on topics in Jewish philosophy, including the problem of evil, Nietzsche and Jewish philosophy, and the thought of Moses Maimonides and the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Sample Titles Is there such a thing as Jewish Philosophy? A Response to the Nietzschean critique of religion out of the sources of Judaism Who would be Chief Rabbi? Modern Orthodoxy in the UK An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy The philosophical thought of Rav Soloveitchik Ta’amei...

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Professor Leslie Salzman

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Professor Leslie Salzman

Professor Salzman is a clinical professor of law and a supervising attorney at the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Professor Salzman was an attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where she specialized in litigation concerning the rights of individuals with physical and mental disabilities. She was also an attorney in the housing unit at South Brooklyn Legal Services and served as Pro Se Law Clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Sample Titles Welfare Law Elder Law Landlord / Tenant...

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Rabbi Hershel Schachter

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Rabbi Hershel Schachter

Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a noted Talmudic scholar, has had a distinguished career with the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, of Yeshiva University, for more than 40 years. He joined the faculty in 1967 at the age of 26, the youngest rosh yeshiva at RIETS. Since 1971, Rabbi Schachter has been rosh kollel in the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel (Institute for Advanced Research in Rabbinics) and also holds the Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud. In addition to his teaching duties, Rabbi Schachter lectures, writes and serves as a world renowned decisor of Jewish law. A prolific author, he has written more than 100 articles, in Hebrew and English for such scholarly publications as HaPardes, Hadarom, Beth Yitzchak and Or Hamizrach. His books include Eretz HaTzvi, B’ikvei HaTzon, Nefesh HaRav, MiPninei HaRav and Ginat Egoz. At age 22, Rabbi Schachter was appointed assistant to the renowned Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Rabbi Schachter earned his BA from Yeshiva College, an MA in Hebrew literature from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 1967, and was ordained at RIETS that same year. Sample Titles A Torah Perspective on Earning (and Not Earning) a Living – Supporting Ourselves and Others Halachic Issues of the Tuition Crisis Gender Separation in Halacha: Al Cheit…B’siach Sifsoseinu Marriage in Halacha and Hashkafa How Open Is Too Open? Halachic Guidelines For Internet use I AM Worthy…Of Forgiveness – Why This Year Will Be Different The Legacy of the Rav Is there A Chiyuv to Make Aliyah? Should I Call the Police? Clarifying the Issurim of Mesira and Chilul Hashem Pride & Prejudice: Growing Through the Shidduch Process Crossing the Line: Halachic Standards for Inclusion or Exclusion from Communal Life and the Tzibbur Double Standards in Our Lives Talmud Torah at the Center of Family Life Priorities in Tzedaka Issues of Shabbos, Yom Tov, and Kashrus in Dentistry Kol Yisroel Areivim Zeh Bozeh: Our Responsibilities to Others and to Ourselves Pursuit of Happiness Am Hanivchar A Time to Learn, A Time to Earn Modern Orthodxy Why Aren’t People More Tolerant? Who Has Time? Parenting: Positive, Appropriate, and Pure The Implications of The Jews being the Chosen Nation Learning Torah and Loving G-d The Significance of the State of Israel; Celebrating Yom Ha’atsmaut Neis HaShemen: Mitszvos B’shleimusan and Eilu V’eilu Chanukah: The Connection Between the Second and Third Temples Yomim Noraim /...

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Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

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

Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future, at Yeshiva University. From 2000 to 2005 he served as dean of the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Boston. He was the first rabbi of the Young Israel of Sharon, Mass., from 1977 to 1981, creating a vibrant and committed community. From 1981 to 2000, he served as rabbi of The Jewish Center in Manhattan, moving the congregation from 180 to more than 600 members over the course of his tenure, and also served as rabbi of the Maimonides Minyan in Brookline, MA from 2000 to 2005. Rabbi Schacter is co-author of the award winning “A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism” published by Columbia University Press in 1996; author of “The Lord is Righteous in All His Ways: Reflections on the Tish‘ah be-Av Kinot by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik” (2006); and close to 50 articles and reviews. He is founding editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, a prestigious academic publication which has gained international acclaim. Rabbi Schacter holds a number of prominent Jewish communal positions. He served as founding present of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of the Upper West Side from 1994 to 2000, is a member of the board of governors of the Orthodox Union and is on the editorial boards of Tradition, Jewish Action, BDD (Bechal Derachecha Da’ehu) and Jewish Educational Leadership. Sample Titles The Power of Connections: Thoughts on Rosh Hashanah Yom Hashoah Haskalah,Secular Studies and the Close of the Yeshiva in Volozhin in 1892 Facing the Truths of History Torah Umadda Revisited: The Editor’s Intro Ashkenazim, Sephardim and the Hannukah Menorah: A Study in Cultural Cross-Transference Beyond Rabbi Akiva’s Students Sefirah Mourning In Medieval And Modern Times The Concept of Amalek in Jewish Law and History Sitting in the Sukkah on Shemini Atzeret The Meaning and Significance of Tisha B’Av: From Mourning to Consolation U-Netaneh Tokef Kedushat Ha-Yom: Medieval Story and Modern Significance The Yamim Noraim: Holidays or Days of Awe? Authority and Autonomy Seeking Redemption in an Unredeemed World: Yoseph at the Seder The Dialectic of the Pesach Seder: Servitude & Redemption The obligation to kill Amalek: Biblical Mitzvah, contemporary meaning Holocaust...

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Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman

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Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman

Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Education at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and an adjunct professor at YU’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work.  He graduated Yeshiva University with a BA in psychology, an MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli and Rabbinic Ordination from RIETS, before attending St. John’s University for his doctorate in psychology. Rabbi Dr. Schiffman has been on the rabbinic staff of Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY for close to a decade.  He maintains a private practice where he utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help clients manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviors to be more aligned with their life goals.  His weekly dvar Torah, which combines ideas from the Parsha with concepts from the field of Psychology, is published  in the Jewish Press and on his website www.PsychedForTorah.com. Sample Titles TORAH & PSYCHOLOGY: MORE THEORETICAL THAN PRACTICAL Is it All in your Mind? Head vs. Heart in Jewish Thought Demons or Drives? Different Models of the Yetzer Hara Sinai vs. Oker Harim: Different Approaches to Intelligence in Chazal IQ, Grit and Talmud Torah The Upside of Your Dark Side: Encouraging Bad Middot The Power of Negative Emotions The Different Paths to Happiness Born to Be Wild? Different Perspectives on Human Nature Resilience in the Face of Failure Humility: An Essential & Dangerous Trait Motivation for Mitzvot: Does it Really Matter? Women in Tanach and Their Significance for Boys’ Education The Challenge of Technology: Torah and Psychological Perspectives Who’s in Charge of My Emotions? Hashkafic Ramifications of the Chiyuv Boshet Chazal’s Approach to Humor: A Precursor to Modern Psychological Thought Empathy: Essential & Dangerous The Psychology of Chesed Dreams: Meaningful or Meaningless? Emotional Intelligence in Jewish Law and Thought As a Man Thinketh: The Role of Thought in Religion and Mental Health Priming for G-d: The Importance of God Consciousness Shleimut and the Pursuit of Perfection The Disconnect between Moral Thought and Behavior and How to Fix it The Benefits, Challenges, and Detriments of Forgiveness: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives Grateful Living: Torah and Psychological Approaches Hergel: The Power of Habit The Stages of Change and their Importance for the Yamim Noraim TORAH & PSYCHOLOGY: MORE PRACTICAL THAN THEORETICAL A Skeptics Guide to Shalom Bayis Sleep Hygiene: The Key to Religious and Psychological Health Educating our Children and Ourselves about Alcohol Use Anger Management: Religious & Therapeutic Approaches Stress and Anxiety Management Conquering Procrastination and Boosting Productivity Healthy Eating: From the Rambam to Judith Beck Fostering a Healthy Relationship with Money Battling Low Self-Esteem: A Radical Approach From Apples to Marshmallows: Self-Control Failures and How to Fix Them The Biggest Challenge in Parenting Cognitive Behavioral Teshuva The Rambam’s Therapeutic Guide to Assertiveness...

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Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall

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Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall is currently on the faculty of the Yeshiva College Psychology Department and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He has published widely and lectured nationally on topics related to religion and psychology, as well as mental health and the Orthodox Jewish community. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on the cover of the Jerusalem Post, and on CBS television news (– and was even joked about by Jay Leno in his opening monologue on NBC’s Tonight Show.) Rabbi Dr. Schnall received ordination from Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He did his clinical residency in psychology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of UMDNJ, and holds a PhD in psychology from Yeshiva University. Sample Titles Orthodox Jewish Marriage: Why we’re satisfied, why we’re stressed Prayer and Longevity: Will going to shul help you live longer? The more things change the more they stay the same: An intergenerational view of mental health in the Orthodox Jewish community Avadim Hayeenu: Building Pyramids, Building Legos, and Building Self-Esteem Groupthink: How did the Sanhedrin avoid the kinds of mistakes that plagued JFK, NASA, and the captain of the Titanic? Multicultural Counseling and the Orthodox Jew Beyond Jerry Seinfeld and Jackie Mason: Is Humor Jewish, and Why Should I Care? Stress and Distress in the Modern World: Jewish Spirituality Responds Bringing Awe into our Lives: Positive Psychology and the Aesthetic in Judaism Harnessing the Power of Gratitude: A Contemporary View of a Timeless Mitzvah Hope and Optimism: In Judaism and in Our Daily Lives Making Marriage Work: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives Prayer and Longevity: Will Attending Shul Help You Live...

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Peninnah Schram

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Peninnah Schram

Peninnah Schram, internationally known storyteller, teacher, author and recording artist, is associate professor of speech and drama at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. She travels across the United States and around the world presenting storytelling programs and workshops for all ages, talks about the Jewish oral tradition and scholar/storyteller-in-residence weekends. Professor Schram is the author of 10 books of Jewish folktales, including “Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another” and “Stories Within Stories: From the Jewish Oral Tradition.” She has also recorded a CD, “The Minstrel and the Storyteller” with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery. Professor Schram received the prestigious Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator (1995) awarded by the Covenant Foundation. In 1999, she received the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network for “a body of work which is nationally recognized as a shining example of quality in the art form of storytelling performance.” She has also been awarded the National Storytellers Network 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award for “sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in America.” Sample Titles Jewish Stories and Songs of Love, Courtship and Marriage Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another The Voice of the Woman in Folktales Humor & Hokhma with a Detour Through Helm Sacred Stories for Shabbat Elijah’s Cup of Hope Kernels of a Pomegranate: The Art of Storytelling Traveling in Time: Family Stories and Songs What’s in a Name? A Storytelling Workshop on Names Standing on One Foot: A Storytelling Workshop in Process Journeys through Midrash, Biblical Texts and Storytelling Sermons Spiced with Stories: Interweaving the Two Arts of Public Speaking Reflecting On Our Jewish Journeys Taking the Stories Beyond: A Storytelling Master...

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Nicole Schreiber-Agus, PhD

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Featured, Speakers | 0 comments

Nicole Schreiber-Agus, PhD

Nicole Schreiber-Agus is the Program Director for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also an Assistant Professor at Einstein.  Nicole received her A.B. in Art History from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Research from Einstein. She was instrumental in establishing the Program for Jewish Genetic Health and she is also the founder and co-developer of MyJewishGeneticHealth.com, a Jewish genetics online education series.   Nicole has authored numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters, gives lectures across the country on genetic testing-related topics, and has mentored dozens of students. Sample Titles Jewish Genetic Health in the 21st Century & What you Need to Know Genetic Carrier Screening: Preparing for new and growing families Choices and Dilemmas at the Beginning of Life Genetic Testing in 2015: How Much Information is Too Much? Cancer Risk and the Jewish...

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