Thursday, October 29, 2009

TEIQU's Leqah Conversations Presents "Can Women Serve as Orthodox Rabbis?" With MAHARAT SARA HURWITZ

Who: MAHARAT SARA HURWITZ, first ever Manhigah Hilkhatit Ruhanit Toranit!

When: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd 9:15 PM

Where: 36th Street Residence Hall, BEREN CAMPUS

Refreshments will be Served!

See below for suggested readings

The discussion promises to be engaging, exciting and enlightening!
All are welcome!

Sponsored by TAC

Please read Rabbi Yoel Bin-nun and Rabbi Daniel Sperber's Teshuvot (they appear in both Hebrew and English, choose whichever you feel more comfortable).
Maharat Sara Hurwitz Teshuvot

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Exile and Redemption in Tanach and Jewish History

Sunday, April 26, 2009
9:15am - 2:00pm
Yeshiva University, Furst Hall 500 Room 501
West 185th Street
New York, NY

The Third YU Yom Iyun!
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Rabbi Jacob J Schacter "Exile, Redemption and the State of Israel: Reshit Tzemichat Geulatenu?"

Rabbi Mordechai Cohen "Nehama Leibowitz on Reading Tanach in Light of Ramban’s Literary Approach to Sefer Shemot"
Rabbi Jeremy Wieder "Changes in Historical Writing in the Aftermath of the Exile - Divrei HaYamim vs. Nevi'im Rishonim"
Rabbi Hayyim Angel "Prophecy as Potential: the Consolations of Yeshayahu in Context"
Dr. Jess Olson "The Hidden Religious Tensions in Jewish Nationalist Identity Before World War I"
Dr. Josh Karlip "The Netziv's Views Toward the Redemptive Potential of the Early Zionist Movement"

Mrs. Yael Leibowitz "Sin and Exile in Genesis: A Commentary on the Human Condition"
Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel "The Messianic Age in the Thought of Rishonei Ashkenaz: A Comparative Analysis"
Dr. Shira Weiss "'Let Freedom Ring': Does Physical Liberation Constitute Freedom?"
Mrs. Daphna Fishman Secunda "Maimonides and Moshiach"
Dr. Aaron Koller "Can Life Go on Without a Temple? A Debate in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism."

12:30pm-1pm Lunch

Dr. Naomi Grunhaus "Sheep Being Led to the Slaughter: Jewish Interpretation of the Suffering Servant in Yeshayahu 53"
Dr. Shawn Zelig Aster "Building the Jewish Nation in the time of Nehemiah"
Mrs. Elana Stein Hain "Vegetarianism and Sacrifice in Messianic Times"
Rabbi Shmuel Goldin "The First Exile: Uncovering the Roots of Etz Hada'at"
Dr. David Berger “When will the Messiah Come? Jewish Calculations of the End of days.”

Mrs. Nechama Price "Splitting of the Seas in Tanach"
Rabbi Shalom Carmy "Messiah son of Joseph: From Tanach to R. Kook"
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag "The Purpose of Prophecy vs. The Realities of Redemption"
Professor Yaakov Elman "The Principle of "First Darkness, Then Light" in Reb Zadok's View of Creation, the Exodus, and Human Life"
Rabbi Mitchell Orlian “Churban u’Vinyan Bisefer Michah” (Hebrew)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Second Leqah Conversation with Dr. Shai Secunda!

Following the highly enlightening inaugural meeting of Teiqu's new Leqah Conversation series, we are excited to announce the second meeting:
"Critical Methods be-Ohalei Shem: A Conversation about Academic Talmud and its Religious Implications" with Dr. Shai Secunda (Blaustein Postdoctoral Associate in Judaic Studies, Yale University and Campus Couple of SCW). Wednesday April 22nd 9:30 PM 36th Street Residence Hall BEREN CAMPUS
Sponsored by TAC and YSU
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Here are the suggested readings:
1. Some reasons and justifications for Academic Talmud:
"On the Legitimacy, or Indeed, Necessity, of Scientific Disciplines for True "Learning of the Talmud" by: Daniel Sperber in Orthodox Forum: Modern Scholarship in the Study of Torah
5. Daniel Sperber - Scientific Disciplines
2. Some hesitations about Academic Talmud: "Camino Real and Modern Talmud Study"by Rabbi Shalom Carmy in the same book. (Online here:
3. A case study in Academic Talmud by our very own Dr. Shai Secunda!
Finally, some extra readings:
"Progressive Derash and Retrospective Peshat: Nonhalakhic Considerations in Talmud Torah" by: Yaakov Elman in the same Orthodox Forum.
Yaakov Elman - Nonhalakhic Considerations in Talmud Torah

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Inaugural Reading Club!!

We are very pleased to announce a new element of Teiqu, called the Leqah (לקח) series. We hope to create a community of engaged and intellectually curious students who will meet monthly to hear a presentation and discuss a number of articles on a specific topic of import.
The inaugural event will meet in the Skycaf in Belfer Hall 12th floor at 9:30PM on Monday, March 30th. The topic of discussion will be interfaith dialogue. Rabbi Yehudah Sarna will open with a short discussion about personal experiences and insight he has received as Chancellor of the Hillel in NYU. After that, we will have a discussion among the attending students. We encourage everyone (though of course it isn't mandatory) to read the following articles, listed in order of importance (for the discussion):
1. Confrontation by Rabbi Soloveitchik:
2. The "Daat Torah"/Interfaith dialogue doesn't have much value approach:
3. The "Daat Torah is wrong"/Interfaith dialogue is essential approach:

And additional, valuable sources for anyone interested:
a) Comparing Rabbi Soloveitchik's approach to interfaith dialogue with that of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel:
b) Hindu-Jewish Leadership Conference (thanks ME)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

James Kugel: Midrash Before Hazal and Why it is Important For Orthodox Jews

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The Kosher Quandary: Ethics and Kashrut

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