Jewish Life: Mourning in Jewish Law

Rabbi Menachem Penner

Rabbi Menachem Penner is the Max and Marion Grill Dean of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University and the Men’s Undergraduate Torah Studies programs at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Penner also serves as the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Holliswood in Queens, a position he has proudly held since 1996. Rabbi Penner received his semikha from RIETS in 1994 and his BA from Yeshiva College in 1991. The parent of a child with special needs, he speaks across the country on issues of children with disabilities. Sample Titles Conversations with an Invisible G-d: A Groundbreaking Approach to Tefilla The Great Rabbi Akiva: One Man who Changed the World Shiva and Beyond: The Journey of the Soul after Death Haftarot of Destruction and Consolation Moshe Meets Erikson: Yetziat Mitzrayim in Light of Theories of Social and Developmental Psychology Faith and Fire: Theological Implications of the Holocaust Gedolim – Wanted Dead… or Alive? The Jewish Wedding in Halacha and Minhag or other Life Cycle topics The Rambam’s Letter to Yemen : On Moslems, Messiahs and...

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Rabbi Ari Sytner

Rabbi Ari Sytner is Director of Community Initiatives at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future where he works to help strengthen communities nationwide. Training community leaders, rabbis, and rabbinic students in the art of Jewish leadership, Rabbi Sytner uses his talents and passions to reach and inspire the full spectrum of the Jewish people. Rabbi Sytner is originally from Monsey, NY. A student of Rabbi Berel Wein, he has served on the pulpit for 13 years in out of town communities, 5 years in Des Moines, Iowa and 8 years in Charleston, South Carolina. Rabbi Sytner studied Psychology for his undergraduate degree, Education for his Masters, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work. Sample Titles My Kidney Donation: A Personal Journey & Halachik Analysis Do Jews Believe in Karma? Achieving Stress-Free Living Angels & Demons Heaven and Hell: What do we Really believe? Lose Yourself in the Music: Why People get Entranced by Song Does Mazel Dictate our Destiny? Kaballah 101: What to Believe? Are Miracles Real? How Can we Tell? Divine Intervention: Can we Feel G-d in our Lives? Moses on the Corporate Ladder: Leadership Strategies from the Torah 3 Jews 4 Opinions: Why we Don’t See Eye to Eye Women in the Talmud Jewish Dilemmas in Bioethics Organ Donation Fertility & Reproductive Technologies in Halachah Stem Cell Research Hospice and End of Life Issues The Right to Die: DNR’s & Autonomy in Medicine Coping with Tragedy: A Jewish Perspective David’s Story: A Paraplegic’s Struggle to Live A Close-up Look at the Marriage of Rabbi Akiva Dating: Obstacles, Realities and Success Jewish Dating Practices: Past, Present & Future Successful Parenting for Raising Awesome Kids Honoring Parents in the Good Times & the Bad Making Marriage Great (And Painless) Dysfunctional Families in the Torah Religious Dilemmas in the Holocaust The False Messiah Phenomenon: A Look at Shabtai Zvi Why is Israel Always in the Spotlight? Esther’s Secret: A Fresh Analysis of Purim Secrets of the Pesach Seder...

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Rabbi Michael Taubes

Rabbi Michael Taubes is Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, and has served as Head of School at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy – Yeshiva University High School for Boys, as well as a past member of the rabbinic faculty of Yeshiva College. He is also the spiritual leader of Congregation Zichron Mordechai in Teaneck, New Jersey, delivering regular Shiurim and lectures both there and at the Beis Medrash of Bergen County, housed in Teaneck’s Congregation Bnai Yeshurun. His classes are well known for their breadth of sources and clarity of presentation. Rabbi Taubes has been involved in formal and informal Jewish education for more than thirty years, serving both in the classroom and in various administrative posts. An alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion (“Gush”) in Israel where he was a student of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, zt’l, Rabbi Taubes attended Yeshiva College and was honored upon graduation in 1980 with an award for excellence in Talmud. He subsequently studied in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary for several years in the Shiur of the revered Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt’l, and from where he received his ordination. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School and then spent several years learning in Yeshiva’s Marcos and Adinah Katz Kollel, headed by Rabbi Hershel Schachter, shlita, with whom he continues to maintain a close relationship. Recognizing the need to spread Torah to people outside the sphere of influence of the yeshiva classroom and the Beis Medrash, Rabbi Taubes helped found The Jewish Learning Experience of Bergen County, a flourishing adult outreach institution, which he directed for many years and with which he remains affiliated. Rabbi Taubes is the author of The Practical Torah, a collection of articles on topics in Halachah based on the weekly Parshah, as well as numerous essays on an array of Torah subjects appearing in many Jewish publications. He also worked for ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications as a writer and editor for the English translation...

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Rabbi Mordechai Willig

Rabbi Mordechai Willig is Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Professor of Talmud and Contemporary Halachah. He has been a rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies since 1973 and a rosh kollel at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Willig has served as spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Riverdale in the Bronx, N.Y., since 1974. He is the author of Am Mordechai, which came out in two volumes (1992 on brachot and 2005 on Shabbat), and has authored many articles in Torah scholarship journals. Rabbi Willig is the deputy av beis din of the Beth Din of America. He has been an outspoken advocate of the halachic prenuptual agreement as a preventative measure against the creation of agunot. Rabbi Willig received a BA in mathematics from Yeshiva College in 1968 and an MS in Jewish history in 1971 from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He received semikha (rabbinic ordination) that same year at RIETS. Sample Titles Peru U’revu – How Many Children and When In G-d We Trust? Balancing Work & Other Mitzvos Marriage and Machlokes: Middos, Parents/In-Laws and Divorce Are We Really Willing To Change? Practical Suggestions for Feeling Yom Hadin Survival Guide to Dating Practical Applications of Tznius: At Home, Work, Shul, and in the Street Gambling in Halacha Hellenism Revisited: Outside Influences on Our Lives Dress Down Shabbos? Laws Relating to Female/Male Patients (negiah, yichud, chattzitza for mikvah etc.) Pursuit of Happiness Drinking: Purim and Beyond Helenism Today: Secular Values vs. Torah Values Teshuva and Tefillah: Two Paths to Hashem Sefira: Halacha and Hashkafa The Weapons of Eisav in the Hands of Yishmael; The Reaction to Twin Tragedies Eis Tsara, Emunah, and 9-11-2001 Shavuos: Preparing for Kabolas HaTorah Should Women Light Chanukah Candles? Simcha on Rosh Hashana Yomim Noraim /...

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