: Jewish Law

Rabbi Elchanan Adler

Rabbi Elchanan Adler has served since 1998 as a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he occupies the Eva, Morris and Jack Rubin Chair in Rabbinics. His affiliation with Yeshiva began in 1988 as a fellow of the prestigious Gruss Kollel Elyon. While there, he edited Volumes 3 and 4 of Beit Yosef Shaul, and received the Imrei Shefer writing award. Prior to his appointment as a rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Adler served as a shoel u’meishiv/sgan mashgiach (mentor/counselor to students). An accomplished speaker and writer, Rabbi Adler has lectured in communities across the country and is the author of Sefer Mitzvas HaShabbos (on the evolution of the mitzva of Shabbat, 2008), Yerach Tov (on Birkat HaChodesh, OU Press, 2014,) Asher Chanan (Discourses and Essays) and Eis Lechenina (on the Shabbos Musaf amida) as well as numerous Torah articles in both Hebrew and English on diverse topics of Jewish thought. Rabbi Adler also served as co-editor of the Torah journal, Or HaMizrach, from 2003 to 2006, overseeing the publication of seven issues of the Journal. Before joining Yeshiva, Rabbi Adler studied at Yeshivas Beis Yosef-Novardok, Mirrer Yeshiva and Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem, where he received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rav Dovid Feinstein. Rabbi Adler holds a BA summa cum laude in psychology from CUNY and an MS in secondary Jewish education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he received the Axelrod Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence. Rabbi Adler’s shiurim are known for their substantive content and organized presentation. His talks often combine rigorous halachic analysis with practical psychological insight. He resides in Passaic, New Jersey, with his wife Miriam, a clinical psychologist and their 5 children. Sample Titles Tefillah/Prayer Praying for the Sick: Origins and Perspectives Praying for a Miracle: Implications of a “Forgotten” Ruling in Hilchos Chanuka Dare We Make Demands of Hashem? – Insights Gleaned From Viduy Maaser, Mikra Bikurim, Birchas Kohanim and Mi SheBeirach Birchas Kohanim: From Aharon HaKohen Until the...

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Dr. Stuart Apfel

Stuart Apfel is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at Downstate Medical Center, and has recently become an adjunct faculty member at Yeshiva University where he teaches an undergraduate course in neuroscience. His scientific research has largely focused on the potential clinical application of neurotrophic factors for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy and other neurodegenerative disorders, and on other aspects of translational medicine. He is a founder of Parallax Clinical Research, a consulting firm that works closely with biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies assisting them with advancing potential therapeutics from the laboratory to clinical trials, and ultimately to approval. Dr. Apfel is a popular lecturer at Einstein and Downstate, and has won teaching awards. In addition to his scientific activities, he gives regular shiurim in his community of West Hempstead, and has lectured widely on a variety of Torah related topics, mostly focused on Science and Judaism, Jewish History, and topics in Tanach. Sample Titles The Evolution of the Human Brain Repairing the Nervous System Why do we age, and what can we do about it? Alzheimer’s disease – Can we reduce our risk? From a Single Cell to the Most Complicated Structure in the Known Universe – Embryonic Development of the Brain Our Aging Brain – Can We Keep it Young? Sleep and Dreaming – How and Why Learning and Memory – How it Happens and How to Improve It Understanding Modern Medical Research The Torah Perspective on the Inflationary Universe and Dark Energy Adam and Chava and the Origins of Humanity Talmudic Medicine and other forms of Alternative Medicine Does God Play Dice with the Universe? – Understanding Chance from a Torah Perspective Should a Jew Believe in Evolution? The Mind / Brain / Soul – A Torah, Scientific, and Philosophical Perspective Torah Perspective on the Human Genome Project Orion and the Pleiades from the Perspective of Chazal The God Gene – Are we Genetically Programmed to Believe in God?...

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Rabbi Kenneth Auman

Rabbi Kenneth Auman has been an adjunct professor of Jewish studies at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University since 1993. Rabbi Auman is also spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Flatbush, where he has served since 1984. Rabbi Auman is well known among his congregants and students for his warmth, humor and impressive scholarship, and has become a highly sought-after speaker in history, halakha and hashkafa. In addition to his rabbinical and teaching roles, Rabbi Auman is active in many community causes. Rabbi Auman has served as president of the Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush, established the Kehillah Kashrus Rabbinical Board, served as rabbinic advisor to the Get organization, was president of the Rabbinical Council of America and has played an important role in maintaining the Flatbush eruv. Rabbi Auman earned a BA in Jewish studies at Yeshiva College and an MA in medieval Jewish history from Bernard Revel Graduate School in Jewish Studies. He received both Yadin Yadin and Yoreh Yoreh semikha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Auman previously served as spiritual leader of Young Israel of Stamford and Inwood Jewish Center. He began his teaching career at SAR Academy in the Bronx and Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan. Sample Titles ISRAEL: The modern State as heir to the ancient kingdom May one go on the Har Habayit? Does arguing with G-d make any sense? The Mitzvah of chessed Shidduchim, Bashert, and dating The Jewish wedding ceremony How does prayer work? The seudat havra’ah and other cheerful topics What’s in a name? Attempting to be an honest employer or employee Receiving blessings from angels Family Dynamics Dreams and their significance The mitzvoth of Yibbum and chalitza – Jewish continuity Kavod hamet Reward and Punishment: Is the World Fair? The Halachic Obligations of Non- Jews How Much Are We Influenced by our Surroundings? The Mitzvah of Living and Settling in the Land of Israel Does Gd Judge us on Our Present or on Our Future? Halachic...

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher, originally from Australia, an instructor at the James Striar School of Yeshiva University and a senior lecturer for the Gateways Organization. Rabbi Becher received his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He taught at Ohr Somayach, Neve Yerushalayim and Darchei Binah in Jerusalem for 15 years, served in the Israel Defence Forces and taught in a number of Rabbinic training programs. His latest book, Gateway to Judaism, published by Shaar Press, is now in its sixth printing. Rabbi Becher has lectured for the UJA, Jewish Federations, the Zionist Organization of America, Hillel and is on the speakers’ bureau of the Israeli Consulate in New York. Rabbi Becher has answered thousands of questions on the Ask-the-Rabbi website, and has taught in Canada, the United States, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia and Russia. Sample Titles “An Eye For An Eye”: What Does it Really Mean? What If We Found Moshe’s Tefillin – Archaeology and Halachah Occupied or Liberated: Whose Land Is It Anyway? Jewish State or State for Jews? The Ideal of a Jewish State in Jewish Thought Cloning in Halachah “Triage” Rationing Resources, and Priorities in Medical Emergencies The Sabbath : Who Invented the Weekend Anyway? Exile of the Body, Exile of the Soul: The Exodus as a Metaphor. Freewill and Conditioning: A Delicate Balance. Jewish Law in a Non-Jewish Society Strings Attached: The Mitzvah of Tzitzit From Cairo to Cambridge: Jewish Treasures of Egypt (Cairo Genizah A/V) A Prophet for Our Time: The Life and Philosophy of Rabbi Samson Raphael...

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Rabbi Yosef Blau

Rabbi Yosef Blau has been mashgiach ruchani (spiritual guidance counselor) at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University since 1977. He also serves as spiritual guidance counselor for students at Yeshiva College. Rabbi Blau earned a BA in 1959 from Yeshiva College and an MS at Yeshiva’s Belfer Graduate School of Science in 1960. He was ordained at RIETS in 1961. Rabbis Blau is president of the Religious Zionists of America and served as national president of Yavneh, the National Religious Jewish Students’ Association. He is a former national vice president of the National Conference of Yeshiva Principals. An author of many articles on Jewish thought, Rabbi Blau became a member of the Orthodox Forum in 1989. He is a former member of the executive board of the Orthodox Caucus, was a delegate from the Religious Zionists of America to the World Zionist Congress and was elected a member of the Vaad Hapoel of the World Zionist Organization. Sample Titles Preserving the Jewish Character of Israel Challenges facing religious Zionism Halakhic Responses to scientific, economic, and social changes in society Women’s role in Orthodox Judaism The ethical dimension in Judaism Relating to non-Orthodox Jews Living in democratic America: An Orthodox Jewish perspective Moshe and Aharon: Balancing Truth and Peace Religion and Superstition A historical analysis of Orthodoxy in...

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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...

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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...

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Rabbi Daniel Feldman

Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman is a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, as well as an instructor in the Sy Syms School of Business, and serves as the Executive Editor of the RIETS initiative of YU Press. He is an alumnus of Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and received his ordination (Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin) from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he was a fellow of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon. Rabbi Feldman is the author of “The Right and The Good: Halakhah and Human Relations” (Jason Aronson, 1999; expanded edition, Yashar Books, 2005), and “Divine Footsteps: Chesed and the Jewish Soul” (Yeshiva University Press, 2008) as well as three volumes of Talmudic essays entitled Binah BaSefarim, which have been published with the approbations of R. Avraham Schapira, R. Ovadiah Yosef, R. Natan Gestetner, R. Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, R. Asher Weiss. and others. Rabbi Feldman is the co-editor of nine volumes of Talmudic essays and Jewish Thought and serves on the editorial board of Tradition, and has also written for publications such as Jewish Action and the Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics He is a frequent lecturer in locations across America and abroad. Rabbi Feldman is the spiritual leader of Ohr Saadya of Teaneck, NJ, where he resides with his wife, Leah, and their children. Sample Titles Jewish Perspectives on the Death Penalty Debate Is it a mitzvah for the U.S. to fight Al Qaeda? Priorities in Tzedakah Human Dignity Lying for the Sake of Peace The Prohibitions of Embarrassing People in Public Revenge and Grudge Bearing Loshon HaRa Lifnei Iver Lo Sitein Michshol Asking for Forgiveness Judging Others Favorably Aspects of Chesed Bikkur Cholim Pirsumei Nisa on Purim Shalach Manos The Severity of Tisha B’Av Binyan Beis HaMikdash The Honor of a Sefer Torah – Fasting when it Falls The Fast of a Bride and Groom before their Wedding Humor and the Torah Prohibitions of Magic and Sorcery...

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Rabbi Ozer Glickman

Rabbi Ozer Glickman is a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, where he has been teaching Talmud and halakha to semikha students since 2000. He has also taught Halakha and American legal theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is affiliated with its Program in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies. Rabbi Glickman is former senior vice president of strategic risk management and global head of corporate treasury for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and is an expert in investment risk management. Rabbi Glickman’s talmidim have remained extremely devoted to him and to spreading his words of Torah long after graduation. These students publish a weekly sicha from Rabbi Glickman, which is available by e-mail and on yutorah.org. Rabbi Glickman received his BA in philosophy from Columbia University and has pursued graduate studies in philosophy and religion at the University of Toronto. He also holds an MBA in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was a University Fellow. Rabbi Glickman studied at Yeshivat Merkaz ha-Rav and received rabbinic ordination from RIETS, as well as from leading rabbinic figures in Israel and the Diaspora. In addition to his academic and financial pursuits, Rabbi Glickman commits himself to service to the Jewish community. He is chairman of the educational advisory committee of Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah in Israel. Rabbi Glickman has lectured widely on topics ranging from personal finance to Jewish philosophy and the laws of Shabbat. Sample Titles What happened to God in Modern Orthodoxy? Can Spirituality co-exist with Personal Ambition in a Materialist Society? Lessons for Jewish Leadership from the Global Economic Crisis History, Philosophy, or Fantasy: Unpacking Midrashei Aggadah Recalcitrant Husbands, Abusive Wives, and the Halachos of Divorce: A Report from the Front Lines Halachic Riddles and Enigmas in the Halachos of [Kiddush, Tefillah, Shabbos, or any other Orach Chayim topic] The Jurisprudence of Nezikin: The Inner Philosophy of Jewish Civil Law The Jurisprudence...

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Rabbi Meir Goldwicht

Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, a prominent Israeli scholar and educator, is the Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva and a rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University. He is also head rosh yeshiva at the Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program. Rabbi Goldwicht received semikha from the renowned rabbinic authorities Rabbi Zalman Nehemia Goldberg, former Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem HaRav HaGaon Betzallel Zolti and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, HaRav Rashi of Israel. Rabbi Goldwicht delivers Hebrew and English shiurim (lectures) extensively across the metropolitan area, throughout the United States and in Israel, including weekly evening shiurim in 5 New York area communities. He has delivered more than 1,000 inspiring shiurim every year to grateful audiences. Rabbi Goldwicht is also rosh kollel at Camp Mesorah. Sample Titles Chazal’s Perspective on Daily Life Situations The Secret of the Strength and Power of our People, from Megillat Esther Until Today Greek Culture Then and Now Yerushalayim Kisei Hashem, Yesterday and Today in the Perspective of Chazal...

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