“What Does Mehkar Ha-talmud Have to Teach Us About Who We Are Today”
by Joshua Kulp, teacher of Talmud, Mishnah and Poskim, Conservative Yeshiva
“A Contemporary Look at the Story of Hanukkah”
by Dr. Benjamin Edidin Scolnic, Temple Beth Sholom, Hamden CT, bible scholar who has authored 11 books and over 80 articles.
He has been the Biblical Consultant on an archaeological dig in Egypt, the Northwest Sinai Archaeological Expedition, pursuing the route of the Exodus. His current area of interest is the relationship between the Book of Daniel and the story of Hanukkah, specifically the reasons for the Antiochene persecution.
“Out of Zion: Rabbinic Travel in the 4th Century”
by Mordecai Schwartz, adjunct assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS; Marion and Norman Kanzman charitable foundation distinguished scholar at the Pre-Collegiate Learning Center of New Jersey.
“The Non-Fasting Shatz”
by Gail Labovitz, Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
Download the teshuvah
“The Prayer for the Government: Political Functions of Liturgy”
by Robert Scheinberg, United Synagogue of Hoboken
Materials for Download:
The "congregational" version of this presentation (includes some scans of siddurim)
Article by Barry Schwartz, "Hanoten Teshua: The Origin of the Traditional Jewish Prayer for the Government", HUCA 57 (1986) (available for order via (HUCA back-issues)
Article by Jonathan Sarna on Prayers for the Government in the US
Article by David Golinkin on prayers for government and the Prayer for State of Israel
“Current Trends in Medieval Biblical Exegesis”
by Robert Harris, associate professor of Bible, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Materials for Download
“Evolutionary Theory and Jewish Religious Practice”
by Paul Shrell-Fox, Professor of Family and Community Studies, Schechter Institute
by Shmuel (Richie) Lewis, Rosh Yeshiva, Conservative Yeshiva
"Reconsidering and Reclaiming Experiential Education"
by Jeffrey Kress, associate professor and area coordinator of Jewish Education, and academic director of the Experiential Learning Initiative at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary
"New Insights from the Mishnah"
by Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at The Jewish Theological Seminary
Download the Source Sheet
Note: this podcast is a section of the keynote address to be delivered by Judith Hauptman in Jerusalem this summer at the opening session of the World Congress of Jewish Studies (in Hebrew).
"NLP: Taking on the Emotional Challenges of the Rabbinic Profession"
by Shlomo Tucker, dean, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary
"How to Create a Holocaust Memorial Museum"
by Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Ethics, and Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University
"A Second Look at Judaism and the Environment"
by Eliezer Diamond, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary
"The Yetzer Ha-tov in Rabbinic Thought"
by Moshe Benovitz, Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, Schechter Institute
"The Torah of Human Rights"
by Shaiya Rothberg, Teacher in Bible and Jewish Thought, Conservative Yeshiva
"The Rise of the Babylonian Rabbinic Academy: A Reconsideration of the Evidence"
by Jeffrey Rubenstein, Skirball Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, New York University
by Reuven Hammer, founding director, Schechter Institute; past president, Rabbinical Assembly
"Prophet of a New Paradigm: What the Ba'al Shem Tov's Pillar Prayer Can Teach the Children of Abraham Today"
by Aubrey Glazer, Jewish Community Center of Harrison
"Performance Theory's Impact on Jewish Liturgy"
by Jeffrey Hoffman, Rabbi in Residence, The Academy for Jewish Religion
"The En Yaaqov: Jacob ibn Habib’s Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus"
by Marjorie Lehman, Associate Professor, Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary
"Erasing History: Antiquities Looting, Scholarly Forgeries, and a Way to Stop Them"
by Jonathan Rosenbaum, President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies, Gratz College; Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2012
“How to Tell a Story: Two Mishnaic Conceptions of the Haggadah"
by Moshe Benovitz, Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, Schechter Institute
“Food and Identity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"
by David Freidenreich, Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Colby College
“Current Scholarly Reflections on the Environment and Judaism"
by Lawrence Troster, Leading Eco-theologian and Rabbinic Director of J Street
“Jewish-Gentile Relations in Tanaitic Halakhah”
by Moti Arad, lecturer in Talmud, Schechter Institute
“The Paulinian and Matthean Moments in Rabbinic Judaism”
by Aryeh Cohen, Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Ziegler School
“The Sabbath Soul: Mystical Reflections on the Transformative Power of Holy Time”
by Eitan Fishbane, Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary
“The Land of the Bible in Current Scholarship: Politics, Theology and the Academy”
by David Frankel, Lecturer in Bible at the Schechter Institute, Jerusalem
“Rethinking the Ban on Electricity on Shabbat”
by Danny Nevins, Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and dean of the Division of Religious Leadership of The Jewish Theological Seminary
"Literary analysis of El Maley Rachamim for Victims of the Shoah"
by Rabbi Moshe Silberschein, Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary
The texts discussed in this podcast can be accessed here.
"Sisters + Their Stories in the Tanach"
by Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, Assistant Professor of Bible, The Jewish Theological Seminary
"The Western Wall after the Six Day War"
by Dr. Doron Bar, Senior Lecturer of Land of Israel Studies, Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies
"What's new in the Study of Aggadah"
by Rabbi Burt Visotzky, Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary
"Reclaiming the Bible as a Jewish Book: The Legacy of Three Conservative Scholars"
by Dr. Benjamin Sommer, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages, Jewish Theological Seminary
"Rabbis and Guerilla Girls"
by Rabbi Gail Labovitz, Associate Professor of Rabbinics, Chair, Department of Rabbinics, American Jewish University
"Conversion Annulments and the Current Policy of Israel’s Batei Din: A Halakhic Refutation"
by Rabbi Diana Villa, lecturer in Jewish Law and Talmud at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary and a Senior Researcher at the Center for Women and Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem
"Jacob Wrestles With…Who or What?"
by Dr Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost of The Jewish Theological Seminary
"Kabbalah East and West"
by Rabbi Pinchas Giller, Associate Professor in Medieval Jewish Thought, American Jewish University