History: American Jewish History

Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock

Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock is the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including “Orthodox Jews in America,” “Judaism’s Encounter With American Sports,” and “American Jewish Orthodoxy in Historical Perspective.” His “A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism” (Columbia University Press, 1997) was awarded the bi-annual Saul Viener Prize from the American Jewish Historical Society for the best book written in that field. Dr. Gurock is chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and served from 1982 to 2002 as associate editor of “American Jewish History,” the leading academic journal in that field. Sample Titles American Judaism’s Contemporary Scoreboard From Ancient Face-Offs through Medieval Time-Outs: Jewish History and the Culture of Sports Jewish Harlem: Past and Present Reaching American Jewry’s Millennial Generation American Orthodoxy’s Era of Non-Observance How Frum Was Rabbi Jacob Joseph’s Court? A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community An American Jewish Conspiracy Theory: Dr. Bernard Revel, Yeshiva and the Jewish Theological Seminary (A Text Study Workshop) The Religious Values of American Jews: Historically Reconsidered (A Text Study Workshop) The Voices of Immigrant Jewish Masses (A Text Study...

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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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