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The Beginning of the Study of Kabbalah in Jerusalem

The JTS-Schocken Institute for Jewish Research recently held a series of lectures devoted to the Beginning of the Academic Study of Kabbalah in Jerusalem. Videos of the presentations can be viewed below. (Hebrew)      

Prioritizing Treatment of the Wounded-The Israeli Experience

A few months ago there was a lot of discussion in Israel about comments made by the Director General of Magen David Adom. Eli Bin said that When I see my enemy wounded I no longer treat him as a terrorist, but as a human being. He has surrendered; he no longer poses a threat, […]

Eugene Borowitz z”l

Eugene Borowitz, one of the most influential Jewish theologians of post-WW II America has passed away. Borowitz, an ordained Reform rabbi, taught for many years at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He engaged with the thought of Jewish thinkers of all stripes, writing about not only liberal Jewish thinkers but also Rav Soloveitchik. In […]

Interview with Shai Held about Heschel, Honor, and Doubt

I highly recommend this interview with Shai Held from Mechon Hadar about Mechon Hadar, Heschel, the role of doubt in religion, and a few other things.

Video of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in discussion with Tomer Persico

Recently Tomer Persico held a public discussion with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks at Tel Aviv University. The questions are in Hebrew and the answers in English. Below is the video:

New Book: The Israeli Covenant

  Yoav Sorek has just published a new book, Ha-Brit Ha-Yisraelit (The Israeli Covenant: On the Possibility and the Need to Form an Israeli Judaism as a Contemporary Link of the Tradition and the Covenant). Below is a radio interview with Yoav and the book’s table of contents.  

Rabbi Nati Helfgot on Revelation Revealed

Rabbi Nati Helfgot teaches at our daughter’s high school, SAR High School. He is currently teaching a series of Adult Ed classes titled “Revelation Revealed: Traditional Conceptions of the Development of Torah Shebaal Peh.” SAR HS has done a great service to us all and has taped this class of Rabbi Helfgot and posted it […]

New Book-In God’s Image

Yair Lorberbaum’s important work on the role of the concept of Tzelem Elohim, image of God or Imago Dei, in Jewish law and rabbinic theology has now been translated into English and will soon be published. I have not seen the English version, In God’s Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism, but the […]

Audio Recording of 1968 Talk by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Below is an audio recording of Abraham Joshua Heschel speaking at UCLA on May 29, 1968. HT to Rabbi Mordechai Levin.

Shai Held on Abraham Joshua Heschel

Shai Held, author of the recently published Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, speaks about Abraham Joshua Heschel in these two videos.

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