Dr. Ari Ackerman, Outgoing Dean and Senior Lecturer in Jewish Thought at the Schechter Institute, takes us on the path of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. Rabbi Kook was known for his optimistic, positive attitude towards life. How did he relate to a difficult passage about Amalek in Parashat Beshalach?
Masorti Women in Israel and Diaspora sisters who are visiting Israel are invited to the 19th Regional Masorti Women’s Study Days
In this responsum I will show that it is permissible to study and teach biblical criticism. I will not endorse a specific school of biblical criticism, but rather the study and teaching of various types of biblical criticism, for the purpose of arriving at the peshat or simple meaning of the Bible. Due to the complexity of the subject, this responsum is divided into nine sections:
Dr. David Frankel, Senior Lecturer in Bible at The Schechter Institutes, shares with us his fascinating interpretation of the mysterious phrase. According to him, God is elusive; we can never pin him down to a spot or know exactly how to access him.
Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes, talks about leadership qualities. Moses was not chosen to lead the Jewish people because of his rhetorical skills, his military prowess or his legislative ability. He was chosen only because he was a pursuer of justice.
Vayigash continues the narrative of Joseph and his brothers, but, unlike in the book of Genesis, there are no miracles or divine revelation in Vayigash.
Despite their conflicting identities Jacob and Esau were able to put aside their differences and come together to bury their father Isaac.
What does the Torah have to say about the issue of refugee? Ms. Gritsevskaya and Father Ray Kelly, discuss the emotional topic of immigration and refugees.
Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson: We have a free will; what will our journey look like in the new year? And who are we going to be once we get to our destination?