Talmud: Oral Law and the Written Torah

Dr. Yaakov Elman

Yaakov Elman is a professor of Judaic studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. He is also a director of the Friedberg Genizah Project. Professor Elman is the author of “The Living Torah,” a two-volume translation and commentary on Nevi’im , together with diagrams and maps. He is the editor of “Hazon Nahum: Studies in Jewish Law, Thought and History Presented to Dr. Norman Lamm on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday.” Professor Elman has published widely in the field of Talmud, and his research interests include rabbinic theology, unfolding systems of rabbinic legal exegesis and the cultural context of classical rabbinic texts. For the past five years, he has divided his time between Yeshiva and Harvard University, where he is an associate of the Center for Jewish Studies, and conducts research on the relation of the Babylonian Jewish community of Talmudic times to the surrounding Middle Persian culture and religions. Rabbi Elman received his MA in Assyriology from Columbia University and his PhD in Talmud from New York University. Sample Titles Modern Orthodoxy: The Fourth-Century Version Why the Righteous Suffer: Some Surprising Rabbinic Views The History of Halakhah According to R. Zadok ha-Kohen of Lublin Theories of the Dual Torah Responses to the Challenges of Biblical Criticism and Modernity The Cosmopolitan Babylonian Talmud Communication of Ex-Communication: An Examination of Two Rabbinic Policies An Introduction to the Intellectual History of the Bavli The Real Torah...


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...


Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky

Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky is a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University. In addition, he also serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Ohr HaTorah in Bergenfield, N.J. His synagogue has attracted many Orthodox Jews to the community. Rabbi Sobolofsky also lectures at the Bergen County Beis Medrash Program, housed at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, N.J. Prior to his appointment as a rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Sobolofsky was a fellow of the Gruss Kollel Elyon and then went on to teach in the Irving I. Stone Beis Medrash Program. Rabbi Sobolofsky studied at Yeshivat Kerem BeYavneh and Yeshiva. Graduating in 1987, he was named valedictorian of the Mazer Yeshiva Program. He then attended RIETS, where he studied under Rabbi Hershel Schacter and Rabbi Mordechai Willig, finishing in 1990 and proceeded to the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration in 1996. Rabbi Sobolofsky is the author of Reishis Koach, on Maseches Bechoros, and has produced a series of shiurim on tape on Hilchos Nidda, Hilchos Aveilus, on the construction of a mikvah and on halachic aspects of the Seder, which are available on CDs and MP3s.His most recent sefer is titled The Laws and Concepts of Niddah. Sample Titles Chinuch and Mesorah: A Formula for Success Shofar and Mussaf on Rosh Hoshanah The Halakhic Perspective on Abortion End of Life Issues Emergencies on Shabbat and Yom Tov Pregnancy and Birth in Jewish Law and Thought The Future of Korbanot and the Rebuilding of the Beit ha-Mikdash Shabbat and Yom Tov in Jewish Thought Birth, Marriage, and Death in Jewish Law Conversion to Judaism The Jewish Traveler: The International Date Line The History of Torah she-Ba’al...


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...


Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Ph.D.

Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, PhD is Yeshiva University’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Professor of Talmud in the Mazer Yeshiva Program, a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an adjunct professor of Bible at Yeshiva College. Rabbi Wieder is a prolific scholar, with more than 900 lectures on Judaism captured on audio and video and available online. Rabbi Wieder was one of the first Americans to win the International Bible Contest. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College in 1991, and received an MS in American Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He was ordained at RIETS and holds a PhD in Judaic studies from New York University. Sample Titles Heinz dilemma in Jewish Law Copyright Law in Halakhah Economic and Social deception in Jewish Law The Interaction between Halakhah and Secular Law The Status of and Ethical Treatment of Gentiles in Jewish Civil Law The Dissolution of Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem Fraud as Grounds for Invalidating Kiddushin – A Solution to the Agunah Problem? The Halakhic Status of Electricity on Shabbos Abortion in Halakhah A Halakhic view on Disinheriting a Child Parameters and Priorities in the Mitzvah of Tzedakah Conflict Between Science and Halakhah: The Response of Posekim Land for Peace Status of Oats as a Grain in Halakhah The Structure of the Hebrew Calendar Use of Ancient Near East in study of Tanakh Non-literal interpretation of Scripture Tiqqun Soferim in Hazal: Emendation or Interpretation? Textual Variants in Tanakh: A Halakhic Response Targum: An Introduction to the Jewish Aramaic Translations of Scripture How our Biblical Text came to be: The History of the Text and the Tiberian...

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