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Paul Mendes-Flohr – Martin Buber’s Philosophy of Dialogue


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Best known for his poetic meditation of dialogue, I and Thou, Martin Buber (1878-1965) promoted a conception of Jewish religious spirituality that is to be expressed primarily in the so-called secular sphere of everyday life, of our interpersonal and inter-communal relations.

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12/12/18


Paul Mendes-Flohr – Franz Rosenzweig: Herald of a Jewish Renaissance


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: From the midst of assimilation and even thoughts of converting to Christianity, Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) affirmed Jewish religious practice and Torah-study as addressing an individual’s most urgent existential questions

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12/12/18


What Constitutes Jewish Spiritual Renewal? Paul Mendes-Flohr interviewed by Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (www.ValleyBeitMidrash.org) interviews Professor Paul Mendes-Flohr, Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Dorothy Grant Mclear Professor of Jewish Intellectual History at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, on the topic of “What Constitutes Jewish Spiritual Renewal.”

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12/12/18


Noam Weisbrod – Water and Food Security in Israel and Beyond: Can We Do Better?


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The world, stimulated by population growth, climate instability, desertification, and rising lifestyles, is facing severe water and food security problems that are getting worse every year. Facing these issues from its inception, Israel – as a young country constructed on drylands – has been forced to become creative and dynamic in finding ecologically smart solutions. Today scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, located in the southern desert of Israel, are developing technologies that are game-changers – able to enrich desert farming, harness solar energy, recycle water, and much more. This talk will explore how Israel has become a trailblazer in the field and propose solutions that can impact not just Israel, but the world.

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12/11/18


Howard M. Markose – The Leadership of Aaron and Moses – A Look at Differing Styles


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The Jewish tradition feels really good about both Aaron and Moses as examples of great human beings. Aaron is called ‘Pursuer of Peace, Lover of all Creatures’ while Moses is known as ‘Moshe Rabbeinu’ – our rabbi Moses, with all of the positive implications that come with calling someone ‘our rabbi’. But how did these two great men fare when called upon to exercise exemplary leadership? In our discussion this evening, Aaron and Moses are called upon to be leaders as they address the challenge of an ornery and impatient people. Are the requisite traits of a leader any different today?

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12/11/18


Howard M. Markose – Jacob and Esau’s Long-Awaited Meeting – Friendly or Antagonistic


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: IThey have not seen each other for over two decades. Jacob faces an unavoidable reunion with his brother Esau and the description in the Hebrew Bible is quite riveting. The question that has been asked for centuries is how Esau’s readiness for the reunion is to be understood. What did Jacob think? What do we think? What is the contemporary relevance of this analysis?

LEARNING MATERIALS: bit.ly/2Lbpsjh

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12/11/18


Robert Eisen – The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Religion is fraught with ambiguity when it comes to peace and violence. There are texts in every major religious tradition that foster violence toward outsiders alongside those that foster peace toward them. Sometimes, the ambiguity can be found in a single text. That is, the very same text can inspire peace or violence toward others depending on how it’s read and interpreted. This talk will explore the dynamic described here in the classical texts of Judaism and why it occurs. It will also examine the relevance of these texts and their ambiguities to the current conflict in the Middle East.

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11/20/18


Robert Eisen – Justifying Israel’s Wars in Jewish Law: Challenges and Solutions


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: While Israel’s wars have a been a challenge for all Jews who support Israel, they have presented unique challenges for religious Zionists who adhere to Jewish law. Jewish law developed mostly during centuries in which Jews had no state and no army, and therefore it contained little material on war prior to 1948. In consequence, when the state of Israel was created and found itself at war, religious Zionist rabbis had to construct a body of law dealing with war almost from scratch. This talk will focus on how these rabbis dealt with this challenge with remarkable creativity and ingenuity.

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11/20/18


Gersonides on Providence: Prof. Robert Eisen interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash  interviews Professor Robert Eisen, Chair of the Department of Religion at The George Washington University (https://religion.columbian.gwu.edu/) on the topic of “Gersonides on Providence.”

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11/20/18


How Movies Can Help Us Grow! Rabbi Dr. Herb Cohen Interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (www.ValleyBeitMidrash.org) interviews Rabbi Dr. Hebert Cohen of “Kosher Movies” on the topic of “How Movies Can Help Us Grow!”

Watch a clip of KOSHER MOVIES here: https://youtu.be/tnXSn1YwCvI

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11/15/18


Herbert Cohen – Mussar and Film: Movies That Help Us Grow!


Rabbi Dr. Herbert Cohen presents his lecture “Mussar and Film: Movies That Help Us Grow!” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Movies are not simply entertainment. They also can serve as vehicles for self-discovery. Rabbi Cohen identifies films that have something important to say about the human condition and that contain nuggets of wisdom that can enrich our relationships with our children, our spouses, our parents, and our friends. Book signing to follow.

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11/15/18


Samuel C. Heilman – The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America


Professor Samuel C. Heilman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queen College, presents his lecture “The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The lecture explores the remarkable resurrection of Hasidism in America and its capacity for maintaining the charismatic authority of its dynastic leadership, often via struggle and gripping family dynamics. We will look at two Hasidic dynasties that found themselves with too many successors – Satmar and Bobov – two with too few successors – Munkács and Boyan – and one that claims they do not really need a successor – Chabad/Lubavitch – because they refuse to believe their leader ever died. These are chronicles of the making and unmaking of men, a search for charisma, leader- ship, and struggles for power. They tell of families united and divided, of death and resurrection, and of hopes raised and dashed. They give substance to the eternal question of Hasidism: Who will lead us?

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11/15/18


Samuel C. Heilman – Orthodoxy in America


Professor Samuel C. Heilman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queen College, before a VIP audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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11/15/18


Chasidic Judaism In America Today! Professor Samuel Heilman interviewed by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (www.ValleyBeitMidrash.org) interviews Professor Samuel C. Heilman on the topic of “Chasidic Judaism In America Today.”

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11/15/18


Avram Mlotek – We Are Here: Spiritual Resistance During The Holocaust


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: In this session, we will learn and hear how Jews used prayer, poetry, song, music and more as vehicles for spiritual resistance during the Jewish people’s darkest hour. From ghetto cabarets and concentration camps to the forests, Jews fought back not only with their body but in spirit.

LEARNING MATERIALS: bit.ly/2JNobOT

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11/07/18


Avram Mlotek – Songs of Generations: Jewish History through Yiddish Song


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer called Rabbi Mlotek’s grandparents, “The Sherlock Holmes of Yiddish Song.” Come explore Jewish history through this rich legacy of Yiddish song with a particular focus on pre-World War II Eastern European life. Songs of workers, family life, romance, politics and Judaism paint a vibrant life of what Jewish life looked like before the horrors of the Holocaust.

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11/07/18


Living Spiritually with Radical Amazement! R’ Avram Mlotek interviewed by R’ Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash  interviews Rabbi Avram Mlotek, co-Founder of BASE Hillel, on the topic of “Living Spiritually with Radical Amazement.”

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11/07/18


Animal-Inclusive Rituals In the Jewish Farming Movement|Adrienne Krone interviewed by R’ Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Professor Adrienne Krone, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Jewish Life at Allegheny College, on the topic of “”Blessings With the Birds and the Bees: Animal-Inclusive Rituals In the Jewish Farming Movement.”

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10/31/18


Adrienne Krone – Sacred and Sustainable Space: Ancient Agriculture and Innovative Judaism


This lecture will offer insight into how Jewish community farms have become a site for North American Jews to enact their values, express their Jewish identities, and reconnect with agricultural aspects of Jewish tradition long marginalized through centuries of Jewish life in the Diaspora. Driven by concerns about environmental degradation, industrial agriculture, animal welfare, and food insecurity, Jews in North American have created alternative spaces and innovative Jewish practices. In these spaces, Jews rethink what it means to be Jewish and find new ways to enact Judaism that are meaningful for Jews and beneficial for the plants, animals, and other humans that live alongside them.

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10/31/18


Adrienne Krone – Saving Seeds: A Revived Historical Jewish Agricultural Settlement in New Jersey


This lecture will describe the efforts of the Alliance Community Reboot (ACRe) organization to rebuild a Jewish community farm on the land where the Alliance Colony was founded in 1882 as one of the first Jewish agricultural settlements in the United States. This farm, which remains in the hands of descendants of one of the original settlers of the Alliance Colony, neighbors a historic synagogue and Jewish cemetery. This historic setting informs the vision for the organization but the goals for the farm are also grounded in twenty-first century values including sustainability and food justice. Their combined dedication to Jewish history and environmental values is exemplified by the designation of a large portion of ACRe’s land resources to the Experimental Farm Network, an organization that is breeding seeds to combat climate change.

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10/31/18


Bringing Stability to the Israel-Gaza Border: Rabbi Aharon Ariel Lavi with Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Aharon Ariel Lavi, Co-Founder of Hakhel: The Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator in the Diaspora, on the topic of “Bringing Stability to the Israel-Gaza Border.”

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10/26/18


Aharon Ariel Lavi – About Economy and Sustenance: Judaism, Society, and Economics


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The economic forces are among the strongest forces at play in human society. In every purchase, sale, commercial viewed and even in the reading of these lines lies an economic activity that shapes the face of society. There are many ways to manage and examine the economy, and although their implementation requires scientists, essentially these are ethical decisions on cultural, social and spiritual dilemmas. This book aims to discover the contribution of the Jewish cultural world to economic thought and to understanding the structure of society. A Jewishly rooted viewpoint will allow us to provide new answers for the most basic questions that shape economic activity and from it, society in general.

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10/26/18


How Mussar Fights Injustice! Rabbi Dr. Mel Gottlieb Interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Dr. Mel Gottlieb, President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (ajrca.edu/), on the topic of “How Mussar Fights Injustice.”

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10/25/18


Mel Gottlieb – Making Enemies Into Friends


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: This lecture will be an articulation of the Torah’s mandates toward encountering our enemies and transforming them into friends, including the exception for the category of Amalek, and the reasons for this.

LEARNING MATERIALS: bit.ly/2PUntRZ

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10/25/18


Mel Gottlieb – Kabbala and Consciousness


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: This lecture will be on the dynamics of practical Kabbala as a growth system creating consciousness in the realm of the intellect, the emotions, and in concrete action. It will utilize the Sefirot, the Hebrew Alphabet as a path towards individuation, and allow for greater awareness of imbalances and the ‘shadow,’ through study and meditation.

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10/25/18


Shai Secunda – Iran is Closer Than You Think: The ‘Iranian’ Talmud


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: As its very name indicates, the Talmud Bavli was produced in Babylonia in the centuries following the compilation of the Mishnah. But politically and culturally speaking, Talmudic Babylonia was actually at the center of a powerful Iranian Empire. What happens when we approach the Talmud as a product of Iran – for our learning, and for our self-understanding?

LEARNING MATERIALS: bit.ly/2OCeVTi

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10/19/18


Shai Secunda – Jews on the Big Screen: Understanding New Israeli Film and Television


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Israeli film and television has come a long long way since its humble and scrappy beginnings. It has become smart and savvy and a source of pride and fascination for many Jews tuning in around the globe – especially religious Americans. What might it all for understanding Israeli culture and ourselves?

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10/19/18


From Black Hat Yeshiva to the Secular Academy|Prof. Shai Secunda Interviewed by Rabbi Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Professor Shai Secunda of Bard College on the topic of “From Black Hat Yeshiva to the Secular Academy.”

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10/19/18


Dov Linzer – Unequal Justice? Jew/Non-Jew Distinctions in Civil and Criminal Halakha


Livestream of Valley Beit Midrash lecture featuring Rabbi Dov Linzer.

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10/18/18


A Vision for Modern Orthodoxy: Rabbi Dov Linzer Interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Dov Linzer, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, on the topic of “A Vision for Modern Orthodoxy.”

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10/18/18


Dov Linzer – Unequal Justice? Jew/Non-Jew Distinctions in Civil and Criminal Halakha


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: One of our basic democratic principles is that everyone deserves equal treatment under the law. In religious law, however, there tends to be a privileging of those who are members of the faith over those who are not. While this makes sense in matters of ritual, it would seem deeply unfair, indeed unethical, to apply such distinctions to matters of civil and criminal law. In this lecture, we will see how halakha initially gave warrant for unequal treatment of non-Jews and how over time, due to changing circumstances and attitudes, a number of major halakhic decisors minimized or eliminated these distinctions.

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10/18/18


The Evolution of Feminism! Rabbi Laura Geller Interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and one of the first women to lead a major metropolitan synagogue, on the topic of “The Evolution of Feminism.”

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10/09/18


Laura Geller – Why Friendships Change As We Age


Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, presented her lecture “Why Friendships Change As We Age” at Valley Beit Midrash’s opening event in April 2018. This Valley Beit Midrash lecture took place before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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10/09/18


Laura Geller – Wise Aging: Getting Good at Getting Older


Occasionally, we meet an older person we admire and think: “I want to be like her when I grow up. I want to be wise, joyful, grateful, compassionate, patient, funny, curious, optimistic!” As Estelle Reiner said in the classic deli scene from When Harry Met Sally: “I want what she’s having.” The question for us as we get older is: what do I need to do now to become the eighty-five-year-old I someday hope to be? What work do I have to do now to acquire a heart of wisdom?

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10/09/18


Shmuly Yanklowitz – Shoftim: Building a Just Society!


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08/17/18


Shmuly Yanklowitz & Laurence B. Hirsch – American, Israeli, and Jewish Legal Perspectives on Divorce


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08/14/18


Shmuly Yanklowitz & Laurence B. Hirsch – American, Israeli, and Jewish Legal Perspectives on Divorce


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08/14/18


Uri Topolosky – Stumbling Stones: The Oldest Form of Jewish Spirituality


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: One of the oldest forms of Jewish spirituality, may also be the most accessible for the modern Jew. This conversation with an established community builder, will offer an inspirational encounter with holy texts and foundational stones that have elevated our people throughout the centuries.

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08/09/18


The Torah of Uncertainty! Rabbi Uri Topolosky Interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Uri Topolosky, rabbi at Kehilat Pardes in Rockville, MD, on the topic of “The Torah of Uncertainty

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08/09/18


A Journey Toward Orthodox Women’s Rabbinic Leadership! Marianne Novak Interviewed by R’ Yanklowitz


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07/26/18


Marianne Novak – From Punishment to Compassion


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The time leading up to Tisha B’av and its aftermath, leading ultimately to Rosh HaShana, demands an almost instantaneous move from extreme sadness, grief and anger to joy and happiness to be with God. How does our tradition help us move from one radical state to the other with purpose and meaning? How does this process enhance our relationship with God?

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07/26/18


Political Worldviews Within Orthodox Judaism Today: Elad Nehorai interviewed by Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Elad Nehorai, the Pop Chassid on the topic of “Political Worldviews Within Orthodox Judaism Today.”

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07/25/18


Shmittah as a Transformational Force for Economy & Environment: R’ Yanklowitz interviews R’ Lavi


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews R’ Aharon Ariel Lavi, founder of the Garin Shuva—an eco-mission-driven community near the Gaza border–on the topic of “Shmittah as an Economical & Environment Transformational Force”

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07/18/18


Elad Nehorai – The Change-Making Power Of Community


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: We have been inundated recently with stories about how “echo chambers” hurt political discourse and make it harder to affect positive change. But what if there was more to the story? In this session, Elad will explore the incredible power communities (both online and offline) have to create change, and how these “echo chambers” can actually be used to amplify a cause to the outside world in a way no individual could on their own.

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07/17/18


Elad Nehorai – How To Break Out Of Tribalism and Still Be Proudly Jewish


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: It could be argued that tribalism, valuing one’s own group more than others, often leading to hurting others, has become one of the defining problems in our generation. But how does one balance that against the call by our very religion to act, in so many ways, as a tribe? How do we square what seems like self-interest with the call to make the world a perfect place? In this session, Elad will discuss these tensions, and how Judaism itself holds the answers to them.

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07/17/18


Balancing Personal Intuition & Authority! R’ Herzl Hefter interviewed by R’ Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Herzl Hefter, the Founder of Rosh Beit Midrash Har’el (http://www.har-el.org/), on the topic of “Balancing Personal Intuition & Authority.”

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06/06/18


Herzl Hefer – Saving God From True Believers


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: In 2001, the Taliban destroyed the two ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. How is Judaism different? Can we be both compassionate and committed?

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06/06/18


Herzl Hefter – Navigating Change and Tradition: A Case Study


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Modernity emphasizes human autonomy. Tradition calls for submission to authority. As modern people how do we navigate this territory? A narrative of tension between Moses and the tribal leaders in the desert and its resolution will serve us as a guide. This will be a text-based study.

 

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06/06/18



Jeremy Dauber – Jewish Comedy: A Serious History


In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing his book thematically into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy (including the Satirical, the Witty, and the Vulgar), Dauber explores the ways Jewish comedy has dealt with persecution, assimilation, and diaspora through the ages. He explains the rise and fall of popular comic archetypes such as the Jewish mother, the JAP, and the schlemiel and schlimazel. He also explores an enormous range of comic masterpieces, from the Book of Esther, Talmudic rabbi jokes, Yiddish satires, Borscht Belt skits, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm to the work of such masters as Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Philip Roth, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Stewart.

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05/11/18


The Life & Afterlife of Shalom Aleichem – Prof. Jeremy Dauber Interviewed by R’ Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Professor Jeremy Dauber, Atan Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature & Culture at Columbia University on the topic of “The Life & Afterlife of Shalom Aleichem.”

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05/11/18


Zvi Zohar – The Rabbi and the Sheikh


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: An amazing account, published in 1842 by a leading Sephardic rabbi of Jerusalem, paints a fascinating picture of a personal, intellectual and spiritual relationship between rabbi Moshe Galante (chief rabbi of Damascus in the late 18th century) and a contemporary Muslim Sufi Sheikh. The course of that relationship, culminating in a joint mystic-spiritual journey, provides insights relevant to Muslim-Jewish religious encounter and dialogue then – and now. We will read the original text (in Prof. Zohar’s English translation) and discuss its implications.

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05/04/18


Zvi Zohar – Sephardic Rabbinic Response to a Major Challenge of Modernity


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Discord and schism based on the perceived need for communal uniformity have been hallmarks of Jewish life in Europe and North America in recent centuries. However, great Sephardic rabbis in these times regarded inclusiveness as one of the greatest values that should guide their decision making and leadership. In this lecture, Prof. Zohar presents and discusses this theme, as embodied in concrete decisions made by these rabbis.

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05/04/18


Pre-Marital Sex Within Halacha: Professor Zvi Zohar interviewed by R’ Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Professor Zvi Zohar, the Chauncey Stillman Professor of Sephardic Law and Ethics at Bar-Ilan University, on the topic of “Pre-Marital Sex within Halacha.”

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05/03/18


Secular Education in Chassidic Yeshivos? Naftuli Moster Interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Naftuli Moster, Executive Director of Yaffed (Young Advocates for Fari Education) (http://www.yaffed.org/) on the topic of “Secular Education in Chassidic Yeshivos.”

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05/03/18


Naftuli Moster – Secular Education in Hasidic Yeshivas: Why We Should All Care


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Most Hasidic boys’ schools in NY and NJ provide little to no secular education to their tens of thousands of students. Nearly 100% of Hasidic boys graduate without a high school diploma. New York State Education Law requires that non-public schools provide a curriculum that is “substantially equivalent” to that of public schools, meaning a minimum of English, math, science, and social studies lessons. Most Hasidic male high school graduates are illiterate in core subjects, barely fluent in the English language, unqualified for most decent-paying jobs, and ill-equipped to navigate the broader world. Hasidic Jews are the fastest growing population in NYC, outpacing every other Jewish denomination. By 2030, 30% of Brooklyn’s youth are predicted to be enrolled in Hasidic yeshivas.

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05/03/18


Adam Chodorow – God’s Income Tax: Comparing Laws of Tithing to Federal Income Tax


God’s Income Tax: Comparing Laws of Tithing to Federal Income Tax with Professor Adam Chodorow from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

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05/02/18


God’s Income Tax: Comparing Laws of Tithing to Federal Income Tax


God’s Income Tax: Comparing Laws of Tithing to Federal Income Tax with Professor Adam Chodorow from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

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05/02/18


Susannah Heschel – Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: The Life and Thought of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Professor Heschel speaks about the remarkable life of her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Rabbi Heschel was born in 1907 in Warsaw into a distinguished family of Hasidic rebbes. After his studies in Berlin, Rabbi Heschel escaped Europe and immigrated to the United States, becoming one of American Judaism’s most important interpreters and teachers of the twentieth century. Professor Heschel’s lecture will describe the Hasidic roots of her father’s theological writings and also of his political engagement in the Civil Rights Movement and in Christian-Jewish relations. She will discuss their family life, their close relationships with their Hasidic family, and some of the remarkable people who entered their lives, including Martin Luther King, Jr.

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04/23/18


Susannah Heschel – What is ‘Human Dignity’ According to Judaism?


Professor Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College, presented her lecture “What is ‘Human Dignity’ According to Judaism?” at Valley Beit Midrash’s closing event in April 2018. This Valley Beit Midrash lecture took place before an audience at Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ.

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04/23/18


Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel as a Father|Prof. Susannah Heschel interviewed by R’ Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Professor Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College on the topic of “Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel as a Father.”

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04/23/18


Prayer Stories! Rabbi Daniel Greyber Interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Daniel Greyber, rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Durham, NC, on the topic of “Prayer Stories”

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04/17/18


Daniel Greyber – Forgotten Mourners


Jewish law defines the mourning process for a parent, spouse, sibling, and child. But what happens when we lose someone who does not fit in those categories? Author of Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle With Grief and God, Rabbi Daniel Greyber will recall his own experience of being a forgotten mourner after the death of two close friends and we will explore how we can build communities that acknowledge all who grieve and help them to heal.

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04/17/18


Sheila Katz – Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence


Sheila H. Katz, Ph.D, is the author of Connecting with the Enemy: a Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence. She received a doctorate in Middle East History from Harvard University where she specialized in Palestinian-Israeli relations, organized programs on Middle Eastern women, and taught for eight years. Her first book, Women and Gender in Early Palestinian and Jewish Nationalism (University Press of Florida, 2003), investigates the origins of conflict through the transformation of gender and national identities during the first half of the 20th century. She has published numerous articles and reviews Kandiyoti’s, Gendering the Middle East, the Arab Studies Journal, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Middle East Journal, the Association of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies Newsletter, Harvard International Review, and Lilith Magazine. Dr. Katz lived in Jerusalem for six years where she founded one of the early feminist groups and a network for Palestinians and Israelis to confront tough issues together. She led workshops on inequality and becoming allies in Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, England, France, Sweden, Italy, Greece, and the U.S.

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04/13/18


Shmuly Yanklowitz & Benjamin Taylor – Crimes of Passion: The Extent of Human Responsibility


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz and Mr. Benjamin Taylor, Esq, present their talk “Crimes of Passion: The Extent of Human Responsibility” before a roundtable audience at the offices of Jaburg Wilk in Phoenix, AZ

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04/11/18



Jeffrey K. Salkin – How to Re-Claim The Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The bar and bat mitzvah is the most popular American Jewish life-cycle ceremony. But, it has also been the victim of its own success. How can we spiritually “upgrade” bar and bat mitzvah? Based on Rabbi Salkin’s well-known series of bar and bat mitzvah books.

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03/23/18


Jeffrey K. Salkin – The Gods Are Broken!


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Everyone knows the story of Abraham shattering his father’s idols. It might even be Judaism’s most famous (non-biblical) story. But it is not really a children’s story. It is the most important Jewish story, and it has deep implications for us today.

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03/23/18


Jeffrey K. Salkin – Righteous Gentiles of the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Models for Sacred Relationships


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Jewish history is more than “they hated us; they tried to kill us; we won; let’s eat!” We deserve to meet gentiles in Jewish history who were our friends.

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03/23/18


Ariel Evan Mayse – The Soul in Jewish Mysticism: Opening the Heart to the Inner Life


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Together we will seek a Neo-Hasidic theology of halakhah — an understanding of sacred deeds and the divine command that can redress the challenges of modernity and enliven the heart of the contemporary Jewish seeker. We will begin with a brief turn to the teachings of the key figures presented in the companion volume to this book, whose writings are the hearthstones of contemporary Neo-Hasidism. My goal, however, is not to describe their work but to add a new voice to the conversation. I will stake the claim that Neo-Hasidism must be a movement of praxis, one affirming that the life of the spirit is embodied and expressed through concrete deeds. A sense of obligation must be central to our conversation about halakhah, just as a mandate of responsibility is integral to our covenantal relationship with the Divine.

LEARNING MATERIALS: bit.ly/2u7Lnmq

Event Co-Sponsored by Mt. Sinai Cemetery (www.mtsinaicemetery.com/)

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03/20/18


Ariel Evan Mayse – Neo-Hasidism and the Theology of Halakhah


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Together we will seek a Neo-Hasidic theology of halakhah — an understanding of sacred deeds and the divine command that can redress the challenges of modernity and enliven the heart of the contemporary Jewish seeker. We will begin with a brief turn to the teachings of the key figures presented in the companion volume to this book, whose writings are the hearthstones of contemporary Neo-Hasidism. My goal, however, is not to describe their work but to add a new voice to the conversation. I will stake the claim that Neo-Hasidism must be a movement of praxis, one affirming that the life of the spirit is embodied and expressed through concrete deeds. A sense of obligation must be central to our conversation about halakhah, just as a mandate of responsibility is integral to our covenantal relationship with the Divine.

LEARNING MATERIALS: bit.ly/2FTx06J

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03/20/18


Moral & Theological Voices in Academia? R’ Shmuly Yanklowitz interviews R’ Ariel Evan Mayse


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Dr. Ariel Evan Mayse, Assistant Professor at Stanford University, on the topic of “Moral & Theological Voices in Academia? “

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03/19/18


Marilyn Byfield Paul – An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Now more than ever, people are seeking a reprieve from the constant pressure to achieve, produce, and consume. While many turn to sporadic bouts of mindfulness and meditation, organizational change specialist Marilyn Paul offers a complementary solution that is as radical as it is ancient. In her new book An Oasis in Time, Paul focuses on the profound benefits of taking a modern-day Sabbath each week for deep rest and nourishing renewal. The energy, perspective, creativity, sense of well-being, and yes, increased productivity that ensues are lifesaving.

Purchase Marilyn’s book HERE: amzn.to/2IwcESW

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03/16/18


Aaron J. Hahn Tapper – The Jewish Story? Inclusion, Exclusion, and the Jewish ‘Other’ Within


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Jews and non-Jews frequently speak about “the Jews” as if they are a single, cohesive, interconnected group. But whether in their previous incarnations as Hebrews, Israelites, or Judeans, Jews have never been uniform or homogenous. There has never been a Jewish people, only peoples; never one Judaism, only Judaisms. In the twenty-first century, how can Jews be more inclusive, not just of those identifying as Ashkenazi, heteronormative, and Israel- and American-centric but rather of the historically multidimensional and vastly diverse Jewish communities that have existed within this social group since their very inception?

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03/13/18


Post-Genocide: Apologies, Justice, & Reconciliation! Shmuly Yanklowitz interviews Aaron Hahn Tapper


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Professor Aaron Hahn Tapper, the Mae and Benjamin Swig Professor in Jewish Studies and the founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, on the topic of “Post-Genocide: Apologies, Justice, & Reconciliation”

BUY Professor Hahn Tapper’s book, “Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities” HERE: http://amzn.to/2FJGu7X

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03/13/18


The Jewish Singles Crisis! Rabbi Sam Intrator interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Sam Intrator, Rabbi of Kavanah Life on the topic of “The Jewish Singles Crisis”

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03/10/18


Sam Intrator – Transcending the Great Right-Left Divide in Israel Through Spirituality


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: In closely examining our ancient Spiritual Origins in Israel, a very contemporary Jewish perspective emerges that transcends the current great Right-Left Political and Spiritual divide. Through our study of relevant Biblical texts and commentary that span most of Jewish History, a practical wisdom will be presented that speaks with great significance to the challenges of modern-day Israel. The Analysis will also show how certain ancient and futuristic mystical ideals provide guidance to help overcome many deep divisions in contemporary Israeli society as well in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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03/10/18


Sam Intrator – The Radical and Modern Approach of Ishbitz Hasidic Thought


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: In this podcast, Rabbi Sam Intrator explores the major themes that show how the Ishbitzer Rebbe’s ideas, while rooted in traditional sources, are radical departures from traditional interpretations. This unique school of Hasidic study offers deep psychological insights and a very modern approach to understanding human nature. It reveals both very transcendent and accessible ideas in spirituality. We will also explore the apparent rebellion of the founder of this dynasty Rabbi Mordecei Yosef against his mentor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, to show how disagreements are often not a rejection of another approach but is, in fact, an expansion and development of that which is seemingly being rejected.

LEARNING MATERIALS: bit.ly/2Dfp5hU

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03/10/18


Alan Brill – Rabbi on The Ganges: A Jewish Hindu Encounter


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Professor Alan Brill recently spent a sabbatical in India teaching about the little-known encounters that Judaism has with Hinduism from within the Brahmin world. He notes that Indian works on religion typically reference Judaism through the lens of the practices of Leviticus, especially with regard to animal sacrifice. Judaism, on the other hand, tends to understand Eastern religions using the Talmudic categories of idolatry. Neither side understands much about the other one and their respective living reality.

Exploring the commonalities of ideas on priestly rituals, purity, meditation, and text study, this lecture looks at how what is first seen as completely foreign and different, can be appreciated on its own terms through asking the proper questions and finding an appropriate lens. Thus, space is created for a shared spiritual language of understanding.

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03/05/18


Rav Shagar’s Postmodern Broken Vessels: R’ Dr. Alan Brill interviewed by R’ Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill, the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University on the topic of “Rav Shagar’s Postmodern Broken Vessels.”

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03/05/18


Sharon Cohen Anisfeld – Mi Yodea: Humility and Hope in an Uncertain World


ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has been Dean of the Rabbinical School since 2006. Prior to assuming this position, she served as an adjunct faculty member and then dean of students at the school. After graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, Cohen subsequently spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard universities. She has been a summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993 and is co-editor of two volumes of women’s writings on Passover, “The Women’s Seder Sourcebook: Rituals and Readings for Use at the Passover Seder” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002) and “The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002). In 2015, Anisfeld was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by The Jerusalem Post. From 2011 to 2013, she was named to Newsweek’s list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America.

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02/28/18


On Gender & Jewish Leadership! Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld interviewed by R’ Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President-Elect of Hebrew College on the topic of “On Gender & Jewish Leadership!”

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02/27/18


Sharon Cohen Anisfeld – Purim: The Jewish Holiday of Friendship


ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has been Dean of the Rabbinical School since 2006. Prior to assuming this position, she served as an adjunct faculty member and then dean of students at the school. After graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, Cohen subsequently spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard universities. She has been a summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993 and is co-editor of two volumes of women’s writings on Passover, “The Women’s Seder Sourcebook: Rituals and Readings for Use at the Passover Seder” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002) and “The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002). In 2015, Anisfeld was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by The Jerusalem Post. From 2011 to 2013, she was named to Newsweek’s list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America.

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02/27/18


Rachel Tzvia Back Rachel – The Woman’s Voice in Modern Hebrew Poetry


ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: A noted translator of Hebrew, Back has translated the work of Lea Goldberg in Lea Goldberg: Selected Poetry and Drama (2005), which won a PEN Translation Prize, and On the Surface of Silence: The Last Poems of Lea Goldberg (2017). She also translated In the Illuminated Dark: Selected Poems of Tuvia Ruebner (2014), which won the TLS Risa Dobm/Porjes Translation Award in 2016 and was a finalist for the National Translation Award in Poetry. She has translated many important Hebrew writers, including Hamutal Bar-Yosef, Dahlia Ravikovitch, and Haviva Pedaya. She was the primary translator of the anthology With an Iron Pen: Twenty Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry (2009). Her critical work includes the monograph Led by Language: The Poetry and Poetics of Susan Howe (2002). She lives in Galilee and teaches at Oranim Academic College near Haifa.

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02/27/18


New Approaches to Jewish Spirituality


On the one hand, Jewish spirituality is timeless. On the other, we are charged to seek renewal in our time and to discover new approaches to self-discovery, transcendence, and actualization. On this panel, we will explore new spiritual paths we may engage with together.

Panelists: Rabbi Micah Caplan, Rabbi Sarah Leah Grafstein, and Rabbi John Linder

Facilitated by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz.

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02/09/18


Spiritual, but not Religious? Rabbi Dr. Sid Schwarz interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Dr. Sidney Schwarz, Senior Fellow at Hazon (https://hazon.org/) on the topic of “Spiritual, but not Religious?”

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02/07/18


Sid Schwarz – Judaism, Justice, and Holiness


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Rabbi Sid’s groundbreaking book, Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World 2006, offers a seminal thesis about the purpose of Judaism. The book portrays a tension between the commitment of Jews to universal values and the Jewish communal tendency to emphasize a more parochial set of priorities. This talk explores the sublime paradox of Judaism which combines a requirement that Jews fully engage in the world to advance peace and justice with a mandate for Jews to continue to be a people apart.

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02/07/18


Sid Schwarz – Our Universe of Obligation: How Wide?


Rabbi Dr. Sid Schwarz, Senior Fellow at Hazon (hazon.org/) o presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture “Our Universe of Obligation: How Wide?” before a roundtable audience at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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02/07/18


Sid Schwarz – Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The American Jewish community is riddled with doubts about the viability of the institutions that well served the Jewish community of the 20th century. Synagogues, federations, and Jewish membership organizations have yet to figure out how to meet the changing interests and needs of the next generation. This talk will look at the social norms that are shaping the habits and lifestyles of younger American Jews and suggest four guiding principles that can actually lead to a renaissance in Jewish life.

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02/07/18


Kabbalah: What’s Next for Jewish Spirituality? Shmuly Yanklowitz interviews Prof. Pinchas Giller


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash  interviews Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Giller, Chair of Jewish Studies at American Jewish University  on the topic of “Kabbalah: What’s Next for Jewish Spirituality?”

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01/30/18


Pinchas Giller – Some Basic Principles on Kabbalistic Spirituality


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: What distinguishes the world-view of the kabbalist from other kinds of Jews? Is kabbalah a form of metaphysics, or is it what the world calls “mysticism?” If it is “mysticism,” what makes it like other forms of religious mysticism? How can conventional Jews incorporate kabbalistic ideas into their religious practice and world-view, and in what ways was this done over Jewish history? This talk will serve the purpose of clarify the role of Kabbalah in Jewish practice and to define the appropriate, as well as the improper uses of Kabbalah

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01/29/18


Aaron Gross – Jewish Animal Ethics from Torah to Today


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: This lively survey of Jewish animal ethics will consider passages from the Tanakh, rabbinic writings, modern Jewish thought, and the remarkable contributions contemporary Jews have made to secular animal ethics from Isaac Bashevis Singer to Jacques Derrida.

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01/29/18


The Interlocking Oppressions of Sexism, Racism, & Animal Abuse|R. Yanklowitz interviews Aaron Gross


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Professor Aaron Gross, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies of Religious Studies at University of San Diego and the Founder & CEO of Farm Foward, on the topic of “The Interlocking Oppressions of Sexism, Racism, & Animal Abuse.”

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01/29/18


Geoffrey Claussen – Musar at a Time of War


**Please note: Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, Professor Claussen has requested that Valley Beit Midrash only release excerpts from this lecture.**

Rabbi Dr. Geoffrey Claussen, the Lori and Eric Sklut Scholar in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University, presents his lecture “Musar at a Time of War” before an audience at Temple Kol Ami n Scottsdale, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: How can the wisdom of the Jewish tradition guide our judgments about the morality of warfare? This session will explore how the practice of musar, an introspective and contemplative Jewish discipline, can shape and guide our moral responses to war.

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01/25/18


Geoffrey Claussen – Compassion and Cruelty: The Promise and Limits of the Musar Movement


Rabbi Dr. Geoffrey Claussen, the Lori and Eric Sklut Scholar in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University, presents his lecture “Compassion and Cruelty: The Promise and Limits of the Musar Movement” before an audience at Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: How can Jewish practice bring greater compassion into our lives? This session will explore ways in which practices developed by the 19th century Musar Movement can be effective in helping to develop compassion and other virtues, while also taking a critical look at the limits of compassion within this historic movement.

LEARNING MATERIALS: bit.ly/2F8omjV

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01/23/18


Yitz Greenberg, Meir Kahane & the Mitzvot to Love the Stranger|R’ Yanklowitz interviews R’ Claussen


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Dr. Geoffrey Claussen, Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University on the topic of “Yitz Greenberg, Meir Kahane & the Mitzvot to Love the Stranger!”

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01/23/18


Saving Lives! Incentivizing Kidney Donation in Israel|R’ Yanklowitz interviews Judy Firestone Singer


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Judy Firestone Singer, Director of Development for Matnat Chaim on the topic of “Saving Lives! Incentivizing Kidney Donation in Israel!”

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01/19/18


Judy Firestone Singer – Tales on Saving Lives in Israel Through Inspiring Kidney Donations!


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: “Whoever saves one life, it is as though he has saved the entire world.”Over the past several years, Israel has been transformed in an unexpected way: from a country some of whose citizens were notoriously active in organ trafficking, it has become the country with the world’s highest percentage of altruistic kidney donors!

Along with some enlightened and ground-breaking legislation, this is largely due to the activity of an Israeli nonprofit called Matnat Chaim (Hebrew for “gift of life”) which recruits and supports healthy living donors who give their kidneys to strangers. Judy Singer donated her kidney in 2013 to Rena and found it to be a life-changing experience. Join us to hear more about this moving, fascinating, and uniquely Israeli/Jewish phenomenon.

Learn more about the work of Matnat Chaim: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mu_7VQMr3w

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01/19/18


Haim Ovadia – Why Are There No Reform or Conservative Sephardic Movements


Rabbi Haim Ovadia, rabbi of Magen David Sephardic Congregation (www.magendavidsephardic.org/) in suburban Washington DC presents his lecture “Why Are There No Reform or Conservative Sephardic Movements” before an audience at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The different cultures and religious approaches of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews are products of over a thousand years of living under the rule of two opposing religions, Islam and Christianity. Though both religions, as well as Judaism, are often bundled together as the Monotheistic or Abrahamic religions, there are fundamental differences between them. For better or worse, the unique characteristics of each dominant religion shaped the lives, cultures, and theology of its Jews. The rift which started thousands of years ago, has deepened after the emancipation in Europe, as religious leaders in the Ashkenazi world retreated into a spiritual ghetto, while Sephardic kept a vibrant and innovative legal approach. The lecture will review some of the influences of Islam and Christianity on Judaism, will track the path of Halakhic innovation over the centuries, and will explain why the Sephardic world appears to be more homogeneous than the Ashkenazi world.

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01/17/18


Modernizing Halacha! – Rabbi Haim Ovadia Interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Haim Ovadia of the Magen David Sephardic Congregation (http://www.magendavidsephardic.org/) on the topic of “Modernizing Halacha!”

 

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01/17/18


Responding to Hate: Rabbi Dr. David Sandmel interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash  interviews Rabbi Dr. David Sandmel of the Anti-Defamation League (https://www.adl.org/), on the topic of “Responding to Hate.”

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01/15/18


David Sandmel – Interreligious Engagement & Building Community in 2018


Rabbi Dr. David Sandmel of the Anti-Defamation League (www.adl.org/) presents his lecture “Interreligious Engagement & Building Community in 2018” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: A look and conversation at fostering interreligious understanding and collaborative work to support vulnerable and marginalized communities.

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01/15/18


Why Should We Learn Torah? Rabba Yaffa Epstein interviewed by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (https://www.pardes.org.il/), on the topic of “Why Should We Learn Torah?”

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01/12/18


Yaffa Epstein – Because the Rabbi Said So: Exploring Power and Authority in the Rabbinate


Rabbi Yaffa Epstein, Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies presents her Valley Beit Midrash lecture “Because the Rabbi Said So: Exploring Power and Authority in the Rabbinate” for the Jewish Community Foundation.

LEARNING Materials: bit.ly/2ARPcKG

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01/12/18


Yaffa Epstein – On the Road Again: Travel as Transformation in the Talmud


Rabbi Yaffa Epstein, Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, presents her Valley Beit Midrash lecture “Because the Rabbi Said So: Exploring Power and Authority in the Rabbinate” at Congregation Or Tzion in Scottsdale, AZ.

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01/12/18


Becoming a Mindful Soul in a Mindbending World


Rabbi Sherre Hirsch (www.sherrehirsch.com) presents her experiential lecture “Becoming a Mindful Soul in a Mindbending World” before an audience at Temple Kol Ami(www.templekolami.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: As we live in a world that moves even faster, our ability to become present for ourselves and others becomes even more difficult. Join Rabbi Hirsch for a mind bending study on how to become mindful in a world that just keeps blowing our mind.

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01/10/18


Mark Hillel Kunis – Dancing With God: How to Connect With God Every Time You Pray


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: How do we really connect with God so that our prayers move from the head to the heart? In its wisdom, Jewish tradition has created what can only be understood as a dance that, if done properly, can lift the participant into an intimate encounter with the Divine. How is Jewish prayer a dance? One sits and stands, moves one’s hands, moves backward and forward, bows and rises up; one chants and sings and embraces God. Each movement is pregnant with meaning. Taken together, Jewish prayer is nothing short of a most intimate dance with the Creator. This book was written to help the reader learn how to ‘dance’ in such a way that he will connect with God every time he prays.

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01/09/18


Pinchas Allouche – Jewish Wisdom on Actualizing Your Unique Life Potential Part 2


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: An exploration of the techniques and values that Judaism models about self-actualization. Who are we? Why are we here? In the first part of this exciting class, Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, AZ, shares thought-provoking and heartwarming stories, asks deep questions, and looks to Jewish texts both contemporary and ancient to understand the meaning of actualizing the unique potential each of us possesses.

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12/18/17


Modern Hebrew and the Jewish Experience: Rabbi Dr. Yanklowitz Interviews Rabbi Dr. Martin Lockshin


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Professor Martin Lockshin on the topic of “Modern Hebrew and the Jewish Experience.”

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12/14/17


Martin Lockshin – Does Judaism Teach that Anti-Semitism is Universal and Inevitable?


Rabbi Professor Martin Lockshin presents his lecture “Does Judaism Teach that Anti-Semitism is Universal and Inevitable?” before an audience at Temple Kol Ami  in Scottsdale, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: At least for the last 1,000 years Judaism has been teaching that, as we say in the Haggadah, “not just once did somebody try to destroy us, rather in every generation they try to destroy us, but the Blessed Holy One saves us from them.” However, we cannot find this teaching anywhere in the Bible. This lecture will attempt to pinpoint when and why this idea, that anti-Semitism is universal and inevitable, developed.

 

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Tikkun Olam

12/14/17


Pinchas Allouche – Jewish Wisdom on Actualizing Your Unique Life Potential Part 1


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: An exploration of the techniques and values that Judaism models about self-actualization. Who are we? Why are we here? In the first part of this exciting class, Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, AZ, shares thought-provoking and heartwarming stories, asks deep questions, and looks to Jewish texts both contemporary and ancient to understand the meaning of actualizing the unique potential each of us possesses.

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12/12/17


Why Synagogues Must Prioritize Social Justice Leadership – Rabbi Yanklowitz interviews Roly Matalon


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi José Rolando, Matalon, Senior Rabbi at B’nai Jeshurun (https://www.bj.org/) in New York City, on the subject of “Why Synagogues Must Prioritize Social Justice Leadership.”

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12/05/17


Rabbi Roly Matalon – One Congregation’s Approach to Intermarriage


Rabbi Roly Matalon, Senior Rabbi at B’nai Jeshurun (www.bj.org/)  lecture “One Congregation’s Approach to Intermarriage” at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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12/04/17


Meir Kahane & Jewish Survivalism! Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz interviews Professor Shaul Magid


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash  interviews Professor Shaul Magid, The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at Indiana University, on the subject of “Meir Kahane & Jewish Survivalism!”
Learn more about Jewish Studies at IU HERE: http://www.indiana.edu/~jsp/index.shtml 

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11/30/17


Shaul Magid – Why Should Progressive Jews be Interested in Hasidism?


Professor Shaul Magid, The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at Indiana University (www.indiana.edu/~jsp/index.shtml), presents his lecture “Why Should Progressive Jews be Interested in Hasidism?” before a roundtable lecture at The New Shul in Scottsdale, AZ.

This lecture was co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. Visit them at jewishstudies.clas.asu.edu/

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Modern and even quite liberal iterations of Hasidism have increasingly become a kind of default Jewish theology for many American Jews. But why should progressive American Jews be interested in Hasidism? What does it offer us that non-Hasidic versions of Judaism do not? How does it respond to the more conventional notions of Jewish life and spirituality in America?
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11/30/17


Shaul Magid – How is Anti-Semitism Used in the American Jewish Conversation


Professor Shaul Magid, The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at Indiana University (www.indiana.edu/~jsp/index.shtml), presents his lecture “How is Anti-Semitism Used in the American Jewish Conversation” before a roundtable lecture at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

This lecture was co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. Visit them at jewishstudies.clas.asu.edu/

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11/30/17


Emerging Challenges & Opportunities for Our Local Jewish Community!


On Tuesday, November 28, Valley Beit Midrash hosted a community panel titled “Emerging Challenges & Opportunities for Our Local Jewish Community!” at Temple Solel.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE:  The Greater Phoenix Jewish community is dynamic and growing. With each passing year, new challenges and new opportunities emerge. In this panel, panelists will discuss where the Phoenix Jewish has been, where it is now, and where it is moving forward, discussed through the lens of the pressing issues our community faces today.

Panelists: Marty Haberer, Rabbi Elana Kanter, and Rich Kasper

Facilitated by Rabbi John Linder

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11/28/17


Spiritual Cross-Training: Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz interviews Rabbi Benjamin Shalva


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Benjamin Shalva (http://benjaminshalva.com/#welcome-1) on the subject of “Spiritual Cross-Training).

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11/20/17


Benjamin Shalva – Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within


Rabbi Benjamin Shalva (benjaminshalva.com/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture “Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within” before an audience at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (www.vosjcc.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Self-described ambition addict Benjamin Shalva (Spiritual Cross-Training) has written an insightful and illuminating book for anyone who wants to control that destructive strain of ambition and live with integrity. He identifies the signs and symptoms of ambition addiction and profiles iconic achievers to help readers identify unhealthy motivations. Then he reveals the five steps to living a fulfilling life of healthy, productive ambition in which grand but elusive fantasies give way to the true happiness of the here and now…

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11/20/17


Aaron Leibowitz – Can I Trust You? Kashrut, Social Dynamics, and Jewish Unity


Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz, the founder of Hashgacha Pratit and a member of the Jerusalem City Council, presents his lecture “Can I Trust You? Kashrut, Social Dynamics, and Jewish Unity” before an audience at The New Shul (http:/www.thenewshul.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: A lecture describing Rav Aaron’s alternative Kosher supervision project Hashgacha Pratit that has been making waves in Israel, disrupting the troublesome dynamics between religion and state.

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Music: “Watercolors” by John Deley and the 41 Players, a public domain track from the YouTube Audio Library.

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Tikkun Olam

11/13/17


The Search for Love & Identity: Valley Beit Midrash interview with Jessica Fishman


Meghan Dorn, Program Director of Valley Beit Midrash, interviews Jessica Sara Fishman on the subject of “The Search for Love & Identity”

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11/09/17


Integrating Psychology & the Jewish Spiritual Tradition! R’ Yanklowitz interviews Estelle Frankel


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Estelle Frankel on the topic of “Integrating Psychology & the Jewish Spiritual Tradition.”

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11/06/17


Estelle Frankel – The Wisdom of Not Knowing


Ms. Estelle Frankel presents her lecture “The Wisdom of Not Knowing” before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Jewish mystics teach that God, the Torah, and the human soul are each comprised of a known (nigleh) and a vastly greater unknown (nistar) and unknowable dimension. As we inquire into each of these domains, we begin to realize the impossibility of ever wrapping our minds around these infinite mysteries. Yet, it is through our inquiry into the unknown that we grow our souls. In this seminar, we will study Jewish spiritual teachings on the wisdom of “not knowing” and explore how the conscious practice of “unknowing” can serve as a vital force for growth, insight and creative inspiration in our lives.

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Music: “Watercolors” by John Deley and the 41 Players, a public domain track from the YouTube Audio Library.

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11/06/17


Principles and Laws That Reflect the Triumph of Life Principle


Rabbi Dr. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, noted theologian and writer, presented his lecture “Principles and Laws That Reflect the Triumph of Life Principle” at Valley Beit Midrash’s opening event in Oct. 2017.This Valley Beit Midrash lecture took place before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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Music: “Watercolors” by John Deley and the 41 Players, a public domain track from the YouTube Audio Library.

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Mysticism & Spirituality

11/02/17


The 10 Jewish Moral Imperatives: A Jewish Response to a Fractured Society


Rabbi Dr. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, noted theologian and writer, presented his lecture “The 10 Jewish Moral Imperatives: A Jewish Response to a Fractured Society” at Valley Beit Midrash’s opening event in Oct. 2017.

This lecture proposes that the big story is not the deep polarization in American society and internal dissension in Jewry over Israel and communal policy. We are at the opening of a new era in Jewish history in which Jews seek to take power to shape our fate and to repair the world. This is our opportunity to offer Jewish models for tikkun olam to heal a fractured American society and to create a new pluralistic ethic of exercising power within Jewry.

This Valley Beit Midrash lecture took place before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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Music: “Watercolors” by John Deley and the 41 Players, a public domain track from the YouTube Audio Library.

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11/02/17


Can Orthodoxy Become Fully Egalitarian? Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz Interviews Rabbi Asher Lopatin


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Asher Lopatin, President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (https://www.yctorah.org/), on the topic of “Can Orthodoxy Become Fully Egalitarian?”

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11/01/17


Top 10 Challenges Facing Jews Today


Rabbi Asher Lopatin, President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (www.yctorah.org/), presents his Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture “Top 10 Challenges Facing Jews Today” at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Despite the great diversity of the Jewish community, different denominations, or not affiliated with any denomination, those who practice, those who don’t, those who believe and those who just love the culture or the identity, we all share a lot in common. Rabbi Asher Lopatin, who over the years has connected with Jews from the entire spectrum, even though he is himself Modern Orthodox, explores the common challenges we all share as Jews, relating to our identity, our values, our evolving relationship with the Jewish State, and our understanding of what Judaism or being Jewish really means in the first place. By putting these challenges on the table, and sharing them, we can begin to see how our differences really build an important bridge that unites us individuals and as members of the Jewish People.

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Music: “Watercolors” by John Deley and the 41 Players, a public domain track from the YouTube Audio Library.

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11/01/17


A Clash Between Halacha & Ethics? R’ Shmuly Yanklowitz interviews R’ Dr. Eugene Korn


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn on the topic of “A Clash Between Halacha & Ethics.”

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10/29/17


Jewish Schizophrenia: What Did the Rabbis Think of Christianity?


Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn, the Academic Director of The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation, presents his lecture “Jewish Schizophrenia: What Did the Rabbis Think of Christianity?” before a roundtable audience at The New Shul (www.thenewshul.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: For most of the last 2,000 years, Christianity understood Judaism and Jews as its enemies. But did the Rabbis always see Christianity and Christians as eternal enemies (“Esau hates Jacob”)? In this presentation we will examine whether In the eyes of the rabbis Christianity is like ancient idolatry described in the Bible and Talmud, as well as whether Jewish experience with Christians–both bad and good–in the Middle Ages influenced how the Rabbis evaluated Christianity, whether the Holocaust changed anything about how Jews and Christians understand each other today, and whether religious Jews and pious Christians can be partners for building a better future, without betraying the principles of their faiths.

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Music: “Watercolors” by John Deley and the 41 Players, a public domain track from the YouTube Audio Library.

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10/29/17


Palestinian Activist & Orthodox Settler: Sources of Optimism and Pessimism for Peace


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger of Roots (https://www.friendsofroots.net/) and Antwan I. Saca of the Holy Land Trust (https://holylandtrust.org/) on the “Sources of Optimism and Pessimism for Peace.”

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10/27/17


How Postmodern Thought Enables Halakhah to Flourish! Shmuly Yanklowitz interviews R’ Daniel Landes


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Daniel Landes on the topic of “How Postmodern Thought Enables Halakhah to Flourish.”

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10/25/17


The Poetry of Rav Kook: Finding The Lights in A New Dark Age


Rabbi Daniel Landes presents his lecture “The Poetry of Rav Kook: Finding The Lights in A New Dark Age” for Valley Beit Midrash event at Congregation Beth Tefillah (www.bethtefillahaz.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Rav Kook (1865 – 1935) was a towering leader of the Jewish renaissance in the Land of Israel and a profound master in every area of classic Jewish scholarship. His philosophic mysticism contained a hard sense of reality, while also having profound optimism. In this lecture, we shall explore the unique features of Rav Kook’s thought within his personal poems, which he would awaken to write in the middle of the night!

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Music: “Watercolors” by John Deley and the 41 Players, a public domain track from the YouTube Audio Library.

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10/25/17


Rabbi Yitz Greenberg with Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz: Halakhah as an Affirmation of Life


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg, one of the most influential modern Jewish thinkers and theologians, on the topic of “Halakhah as an Affirmation of Life.”

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10/22/17


Rabbi Yitz Greenberg – The 10 Jewish Moral Imperatives: A Jewish Response to a Fractured Society


Rabbi Dr. Irving ‘Yitz’ Greenberg opened Valley Beit Midrash’s Jaburg Wilk Learning Season 2017-2018 with his lecture “The 10 Jewish Moral Imperatives: A Jewish Response to a Fractured Society” before an audience of hundreds at Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ

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Jewish Ethics

10/22/17


An Evening with Rabbi Dr. Irving “Yitz” Greenberg – The New Era: Humanity Comes of Age


On November 2, 2011, Rabbi Dr. Irving “Yitz” Greenberg addressed 600 members of the Greater Phoenix Jewish community and shared his vision for a new era. Video by D Major Films (https://www.dmajorfilms.com/)

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10/22/17


There’s No Such Thing As The Jewish Community! R’ Shmuly Yanklowitz interviews R’ Mike Uram


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Mike Uram, Executive Director of Penn Hillel, on the topic of “There’s No Such Thing As The Jewish Community.”

 

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09/07/17


Poetry as Prayer


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Dr. Wendy Zierler of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on the topic of “Poetry as Prayer.”

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09/06/17


Jewish Peoplehood: Are We Still One People?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) presents his thoughts on the topic of Jewish Peoplehood.

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Tikkun Olam

09/06/17


Different Conceptions of Monotheism


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Dov Weiss on the topic of “Different Conceptions of Monotheism.”

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09/06/17


Jewish Wisdom for the 21st Century


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews renowned lecturer and author Rabbi Telushkin about “Jewish Wisdom for the 21st Century.”

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Tikkun Olam

09/05/17


Injustice against Adjuncts at American Universities?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Dr. Gillian Steinberg on the topic of “Injustice against Adjuncts at American Universities?”

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Tikkun Olam

09/05/17


To Be A Religious Jew Is To Be A Pluralist


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, Director Emeritus of UCLA Hillel (http://www.uclahillel.org/) on the topic of “Breslov Chassidut & Social Justice Activism.”

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09/05/17


Spirituality in Jewish Social Justice Activism


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg on the topic of “Spirituality in Jewish Social Justice Activism.”

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09/05/17


The Role of Doubt in Religious Belief as Developed in the Thought of Rav Kook


Tamar Ross is professor emerita of the Jewish philosophy department at Bar Ilan University, and continues teaching at Midreshet Lindenbaum, a women’s yeshiva in Jerusalem. She has published widely on topics relating to the nexus between traditional Judaism and modernity, focusing on topics relating to theology, philosophy of halakha, and the challenges of historicism, biblical criticism, postmodernity, and feminism.

This Valley Beit Midrash lecture took place before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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Music: “Good Starts,” a free-use public domain song by Jingle Punks, courtesy of YouTube’s Audio Library

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09/05/17


Does Revelation Progress?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Professor Emerita Tamar Ross on the subject of “Does Revelation Progress.”

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Jewish Ethics

09/05/17


Prophecy, Power, and the Pursuit of Justice


Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (www.rac.org/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture “Prophecy, Power and the Pursuit of Justice: How People of Faith Can Transform the World” before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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Music: “Good Starts,” a free-use public domain song by Jingle Punks, courtesy of YouTube’s Audio Library.

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09/05/17


The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (http://www.rac.org/) on the topic of the RAC’s role in promoting Jewish social justice ethics.

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Tikkun Olam

09/05/17


The Relationship Between Jewish Law & Israeli Law


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Ian Pear of Shir Hadash on the topic of “The Relationship Between Jewish Law & Israeli Law.”

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Tikkun Olam

09/05/17


The History & Future of Jewish-Christian Dialogue


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Professor David Novak of the University of Toronto the topic of “The History & Future of Jewish-Christian Dialogue.”

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09/05/17


Practicing Judaism: Flawed but Fulfilling Expeditions on the Path of Torah


Rabbi Danny Nevins presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture “Practicing Judaism: Flawed but Fulfilling Expeditions on the Path of Torah” before a roundtable audience at the Jewish Community Foundation (www.jcfphoenix.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Fully Embracing Transgender Jews in our Community


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Danny Nevins, Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and dean of the Division of Religious Leadership of The Jewish Theological Seminary on the topic of “Fully Embracing Transgender Jews in Our Community.”

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09/05/17


How Have The Jews Survived?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews UCLA history professor and author Professor David N. Myers on the topic of “How Have the Jews Survived.”

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09/05/17


Soul Journeys: Exploring Mussar – Session 2


Alan Morinis of the Mussar Institute (www.mussarinstitute.org/) presents “Soul Journeys: Exploring Mussar” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Soul Journeys: Exploring Mussar – Session 1


Alan Morinis of the Mussar Institute (www.mussarinstitute.org/) presents “Soul Journeys: Exploring Mussar” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Jewish Values in a Society of Degradation


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Alan Morinis of the Mussar Institute (www.mussarinstitute.org/) on the topic of “Jewish Values in a Society of Degradation.”

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09/05/17


How is the Jewish Community Doing on Racial Justice?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Yavilah McCoy on the topic of “How is the Jewish Community Doing on Racial Justice?”.

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09/05/17


Getting Proximate: Developing and Maintaining Multiracial, Multicultural & Multi-Faith Alliances Toward Equity and Justice


Yavilah McCoy of Visions (visions-inc.org/) presents her lecture “Getting Proximate: Developing and Maintaining Multiracial, Multicultural & Multi-Faith Alliances Toward Equity and Justice” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Translating the Zohar


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Professor Daniel Matt on the topic of “Translating the Zohar.”

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Mysticism & Spirituality

09/05/17


Shekhinah: The Feminine Half of God


Professor Daniel Matt presents his lecture “Shekhinah: The Feminine Half of God” before a lively, roundtable audience at the East Valley Jewish Community Center (www.evjcc.org/) in Chandler, AZ.

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09/05/17


God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality


Professor Daniel Matt, formerly of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, presents his lecture “God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality” before an audience at The New Shul(thenewshul.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Removing Fear From Your Body


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Miriam Margles of the Danforth Jewish Circle (https://djctoronto.com/) on the topic of “Removing Fear From Your Body.”

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09/05/17


Learning to Live Up to the Best in Our Souls


Rabbi Naomi Levy, founder, and leader of NASHUVA, presents her lecture “Learning to Live Up to the Best in Our Souls” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


New Spiritual Communities for Spiritual Seekers


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Naomi Levy, founder and spiritual leader of Nashuva, on the topic of “New Spiritual Communities for Spiritual Seekers.”

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09/05/17


Must a Jew Believe Anything?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Menachem Kellner, Professor of Jewish Thought at the University of Haifa (http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/) about “Must a Jew Believe Anything?”

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09/05/17


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz interviews the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation President Rick Karl!


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rick Karl, the President of the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation (http://www.curetay-sachs.org/).

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09/05/17


The Practical Wisdom of the Siddur


Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky presents his lecture “The Practical Wisdom of the Siddur” for Valley Beit Midrash event at Congregation Beth Tefillah (bethtefillahaz.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Integrating Gay & Lesbian Members in Orthodox Shuls


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky on the topic of “Integrating Gay & Lesbian members in Orthodox shuls.”

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09/05/17


Jewish Peacemaking


Rabbi David Jaffe (rabbidavidjaffe.com/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture “Jewish Peacemaking: Wisdom for Transforming Conflict Between Individuals and Communities” before a roundtable audience at the Jewish Community Foundation (www.jcfphoenix.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Breslov Chassidut & Social Justice Activism


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi David Jaffe of the Kirva Institute (http://rabbidavidjaffe.com/) on the topic of “Breslov Chassidut & Social Justice Activism.”

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09/05/17


Spirituality and Social Change


Rabbi David Jaffe presents his lecture “Spirituality and Social Change: Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation” before a roundtable audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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09/05/17


Future of American Jewish Life


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union of Reform Judaism on the topic of the “Future of American Jewish Life.”

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09/05/17


The Origins of Violence


Rabbi Alex Israel of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il/)presents his lecture “Government, Corruption, and Self-Delusion” before a roundtable audience before a roundtable audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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09/05/17


Government, Corruption, and Self-Delusion


Rabbi Alex Israel of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il/)presents his lecture “Government, Corruption, and Self-Delusion” before a lively, roundtable audience at the East Valley Jewish Community Center (www.evjcc.org/) in Chandler, AZ.

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09/05/17


Do We Have to Mean What We Pray?


Professor Tova Hartman presents her lecture “Do We Have to Mean What We Pray?” before a roundtable audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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09/05/17


Talmudic Women as Social Critics


Professor Tova Hartman presents her lecture “Talmudic Women As Social Critics” before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


The Ten Commandments: The Nexus Between Religion and Ethics


Rabbi Yehuda Gilad of Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa (www.maalegilboa.org/) presents his lecture “The Ten Commandments: The Nexus Between Religion and Ethics” before a roundtable audience at The New Shul (thenewshul.org/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


The Binding of Yishmael: Balancing our National Interests with our Humanistic Values Then and Now


Rabbi Yehuda Gilad of Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa (www.maalegilboa.org/) presents his lecture “The Binding of Yishmael: Balancing our National Interests with our Humanistic Values Then and Now” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


The Culture of Debate in Israel: Creating Tolerant Discourse Within the Orthodox Community


Rabbi Yehuda Gilad of Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa (www.maalegilboa.org/) presents his lecture “The Culture of Debate in Israel: Creating Tolerant Discourse Within the Orthodox Community” for a Valley Beit Midrash event at Congregation Beth Tefillah (bethtefillahaz.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Navigating Modern Israeli Realities


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Yehuda Gilad of Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa (http://www.maalegilboa.org/), on the topic of “Navigating Modern Israeli Realities.”

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09/05/17


The Emotional Impact of Jewish Ritual Objects


Professor Joel Gereboff of Arizona State University and Hebrew Union College presents his lecture “The Emotional Impact of Jewish Ritual Objects” before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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09/05/17


The Trial of Jeremiah and the Trial of Socrates


Professor Michael Fishbane of the University of Chicago presents his lecture “The Trial of Jeremiah and the Trial of Socrates: Two Types of Integrity” before an audience at The New Shul(thenewshul.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Seeing the ‘Other’: Contemporary and Traditional Jewish Ethical Perspectives


Professor Michael Fishbane of the University of Chicago presents his lecture “Seeing the ‘Other’: Contemporary and Traditional Jewish Ethical Perspectives” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Cultivating A Theology of Moral Responsibility


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Professor Michael Fishbane on the topic of “Cultivating A Theology of Moral Responsibility.”

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09/05/17


Communitarianism


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Professor Amitai Etzioni of the George Washington University (https://icps.gwu.edu/)on the topic of “Communitarianism.”

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09/05/17


Seeing You is Like Seeing the Face of God: Healing Interpersonal Conflict


Rabbi Amy Eilberg presents her Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture ” Seeing You is Like Seeing the Face of God: Healing Interpersonal Conflict” at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Finding Your Spiritual Calling


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Amy Eilberg on the topic of “Finding Your Spiritual Calling.”

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09/05/17


Middot for Living in Troubled Times


Rabbi Amy Eilberg presents her lecture “Middot for Living in Troubled Times” before an audience at The New Shul(thenewshul.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Peace Prospects?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Bassem Eid, a Palestinian Human Rights activist on the topic of “What Does Jerusalem Mean to You?”

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09/05/17


Palestinians’ Internal Politics and Conflicts


Mr. Bassem Eid, a Palestinian Human Rights activist, presents his lecture “Palestinians’ Internal Politics and Conflicts” before a roundtable audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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09/05/17


How Does the BDS Movement Harass the Palestinian People?


Mr. Bassem Eid, a Palestinian Human Rights activist, presents his lecture “How Does the BDS Movement Harass the Palestinian People?” before a lively roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


The History of the Jewish Electorate


Ami Eden, CEO of 70 Faces Media (70facesmedia.org/), presents his lecture “The History of the Jewish Electorate & the Impact of the 2016 Election” before a roundtable audience at the East Valley Jewish Community Center (www.evjcc.org/) in Chandler, AZ.

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09/05/17


What Will They Say About You When You’re Gone?


Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Congregation Agudath Sholom (www.congregationagudathsholom.org/) presents his lecture “What Will They Say About You When You’re Gone? Seven Principles for Reverse Engineering Your Life – Lead the Life Now For How You Want to Be Remembered” before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

Event Co-Sponsored by Mt. Sinai Cemetery (www.mtsinaicemetery.com/)

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09/05/17


Raising Jewish Children


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Congregation Agudath Sholom (www.congregationagudathsholom.org/) on the topic of “Raising Jewish Children.”

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09/05/17


Deep Shabbos: On Doing Nothing as Doing Something


Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen presents his Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture “Deep Shabbos: On Doing Nothing as Doing Something” at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Social Justice as Spiritual Practice in Rabbinic Judaism


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen on the topic of “Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice in Rabbinic Judaism”

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09/05/17


Baalei Teshuva Journeys in Becoming Frum


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Professor Sarah Bunin Benor of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (http://huc.edu/) on the topic of “Baalei Teshuva Journeys in Becoming Frum.”

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09/05/17


Chutzpah to Chidush: A Century of Yiddush-Influenced English in America


Professor Sarah Bunin Benor of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (huc.edu/) presents her lecture “Chutzpah to Chidush: A Century of Yiddish-Influenced English in America” before a roundtable audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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“Mein Shtetl Belz” by Anonymous, 1928, pre-war Poland

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09/05/17


Prisoner Re-entry, Drug Recovery, & the Building of a Jewish Halfway House


Rabbi Mark Borowitz, Senior Rabbi and the Co-Director of the Elaine Breslow Institute at Beit T’Shuvah (www.beittshuvah.org/)presents his lecture”Prisoner Re-entry, Drug Recovery, & the Building of a Jewish Halfway House: Torah & Tales” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Prisoner Re-Entry, Drug Recovery & a Jewish Halfway House


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Senior Rabbi and the Co-Director of the Elaine Breslow Institute at Beit T’Shuvah (http://www.beittshuvah.org/) on the topic of

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09/05/17


Healing Stories from the Jewish Tradition


Rabbi Bill Berk presents his lecture “Healing Stories in the Jewish Tradition” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Idols and Idealizing: The Jewish Encounter with Buddhism


Rabbi David Almog presents his Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture “Idols and Idealizing: The Jewish Encounter with Buddhism” at Congregation Or Tzion (congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


How Buddhism Informed My Judaism


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi David Almog on the topic of How Buddhism Informed My Judaism”

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09/05/17


What Is The Soul? Exploring Our Hidden Inner Wonders! Part 2


Rabbi Pinchas Allouche of Congregation Beth Tefillah (bethtefillahaz.org/) presents the second part of his class series “What Is The Soul? Exploring Our Hidden Inner Wonders!” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


What Is The Soul? Exploring Our Hidden Inner Wonders! Part 1


Rabbi Pinchas Allouche of Congregation Beth Tefillah (bethtefillahaz.org/) presents the first part of his class series “What Is The Soul? Exploring Our Hidden Inner Wonders!” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Why Faith Matters


Rabbi David Wolpe (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Wolpe) of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles presenting his lecture “Why Faith Matters” for an audience at Valley Beit Midrash (www.ValleyBeitMidrash.org) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Why Faith Matters


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shmuly_Yanklowitz), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (valleybeitmidrash.org) speaks with Rabbi David Wolpe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Wolpe) of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles (http://sinaitemple.org/) about the meaning of faith, Jewish or otherwise, in contemporary America.

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09/05/17


The Building of Open Orthodoxy


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Avi Weiss, founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (http://www.yctorah.org/), Yeshivat Maharat (http://www.yeshivatmaharat.org/), the International Rabbinical Fellowship http://internationalrabbinicfellowship.org/), spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (http://www.thebayit.org/), & a founding committee member for PORAT: People For Orthodox Renaissance and Torah (http://poratonline.org/). In this video, Rabbi Yanklowitz & Rabbi Weiss discuss the dimensions and scope of Open Orthodoxy in contemporary Jewish thought.

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09/05/17


Spiritual Activism: Leadership in the 21st Century


Rabbi Avi Weiss, Founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (www.yctorah.org/) Yeshivat Maharat (www.yeshivatmaharat.org/), International Rabbinical Fellowship (internationalrabbinicfellowship.org/) & the Coalition for Jewish Concerns – Amcha, presents his lecture “Spiritual Activism: Leadership in the 21st Century” before audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Our Soul in this World and the Next


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz) President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz, Spiritual Leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin, CA (http://www.cbi18.org/), on the topic of the Jewish conception of the afterlife. Rabbi Spitz is the author of “Does the Soul Survive: A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose” published by Jewish Lights (http://amzn.to/1OAf6Ft).

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09/05/17


Orthodox Sage: Women May Be Rabbis & May Read from the Torah


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber of Bar-Ilan University.

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09/05/17


Tension Between Tradition & Innovation


Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber of Bar Ilan University presents his lecture “Tension Between Tradition & Innovation” before an audience at Valley Beit Midrash (www.ValleyBeitMidrash.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Interfaith Commonality


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews writer, scholar, & “Holy Rascal” Rabbi Rami Shapiro (http://www.rabbirami.com/) about the World Wisdom Bible, a new model of religious scholarship that seeks to introduce spiritual writings from all faith traditions into hotels.

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09/05/17


JudaismNext


Rabbi Rami Shapiro (www.rabbirami.com/) presents his lecture “JudaismNext” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Does Orthodoxy Alter & Censor Its History?


Rabbi Shapiro’s writings challenge the conventional Orthodox understanding of Judaism using academic methodology while adhering to Modern Orthodox sensibilities. His most recent book, “Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History”(amzn.to/1Ryz2fm)documents the phenomenon of internal censorship in Orthodoxy.

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09/05/17


Do Orthodox Rabbis Censor Orthodox History?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Marc Shapiro, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton.

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09/05/17


Rebuilding Hope & Trust in Israeli Society


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Dr. Eilon Schwartz, Director of Shaharit (http://www.shaharit.org.il/?lang=en) about rebuilding trust and home in Israeli society.

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09/05/17


Hasidic Texts of Passionate Pluralism


Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Director of International Affairs at Roots (friendsofroots.net/index.html) & Founder/Executive Director of the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas (jewishstudiesinitiative.org/) presents his roundtable lecture ” Hasidic Texts of Passionate Pluralism” before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Director of International Affairs at Roots (http://friendsofroots.net/index.html) & Founder/Executive Director of the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas (http://jewishstudiesinitiative.org/) about issues concerning peace and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

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09/05/17


Personal Transformation in The Heart of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Director of International Affairs at Roots (friendsofroots.net/index.html) & Founder/Executive Director of the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas (jewishstudiesinitiative.org/) presents his lecture “Personal Transformation in the Heart of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict ” before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


The Future of Modern Orthodoxy


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, Executive Director of the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University (http://www.bronfmancenter.org/), about studying the future of Modern Orthodoxy.

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09/05/17


Lincoln and the Jews


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz,, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, sits down with Professor Jonathan Sarna, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, to discuss American Jewish history and the role it has played to shape American Jewish life as we know it today.

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09/05/17


Lincoln & The Jews


Valley Beit Midrash presents Professor Jonathan D. Sarna’s (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Sarna)lecture entitled “Lincoln & The Jews.” Professor Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Learn more about Professor Sarna’s work HERE: bit.ly/1O9c25g

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09/05/17


The First Black, Gay Yiddish Opera Singer


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Anthony Russell (http://www.anthonyrussellbass.com/) about his journey as an opera singer and preeminent arranger of classic Yiddish melodies.

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09/05/17


Chassidic Contributions for Today


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Or, a renowned scholar & thinker and iDirector of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College (http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/global-judaism), on the topic Chassidic thought for today’s world

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09/05/17


Radical Compassion: The Mystical Teaching of Rabbi Levi Yizhak of Berditchev


Rabbi Or Rose, Director, Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College (www.hebrewcollege.edu/global-judaism)presents his lecture “Radical Compassion: The Mystical Teaching of Rabbi Levi Yizhak of Berditchev” before a roundtable audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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09/05/17


Jewish View of the Afterlife


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/) President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Simcha Raphael, Founding Director of the Da’at Institute (www.daatinstitute.net/) about Jewish perspectives on the afterlife.

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09/05/17


Exploring Jewish Views on the Afterlife


Rabbi Dr. Simcha Raphael, Founding Director of the Da’at Institute (www.daatinstitute.net/) presents his lecture “Exploring Jewish Views on the Afterlife” before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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09/05/17


Practical Guidelines for Conscious Living and Dying


Rabbi Dr. Simcha Raphael, Founding Director of the Da’at Institute (www.daatinstitute.net/) presents his lecture “Jacob’s Deathbed Wisdom – Practical Guidelines for Conscious Living and Dying” before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


History & Current State of Reform Judaism


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz) President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Aaron Panken, President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the premier seminary for Reform clergy (huc.edu) on the topic of the history and current state of Reform Judaism.

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09/05/17


Parenting Wisdom in the Talmud


Rabbi Dr. Aaron Panken, President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion(huc.edu/), presents his lecture “Parenting Wisdom in the Talmud” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


The Valley Beit Midrash


Valley Beit Midrash (https://www.valleybeitmidrash.org) is a collaborative organization that brings new, exciting, and relevant Jewish programming to the Greater Phoenix Jewish community in a diverse, welcoming, engaging, and pluralistic setting. Led by President & Dean Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shmuly_Yanklowitz https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz), VBM strives to bring a new level of Jewish discourse to the world.

Video produced by D Major Films, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ (http://www.dmajorfilms.com/); Music is “Kehillah Kedosha” by Dan Nichols & Eighteen (http://www.dannicholsmusic.com/) [used with permission]. Still photography by Joel Zolondek (http://www.joelzolondek.com/).
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09/05/17


Coming Out in the Orthodox Community


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Shonna Levine about the challenges of coming out in the Orthodox Jewish Community.

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09/05/17


Jewish Spirituality & Mysticism


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz) President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews renowned thinker and speaker Rabbi Lawrence Kushner.

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09/05/17


What Really Happened on Sinai


Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) is proud to present the inaugural edition of our Hammerman Family Series Lecture. We’re delighted that our first speaker was the internationally renowned thinker and author Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, who presented his lecture “The Rymanover’s Silent Aleph or What Really Happened on Sinai – The 2016 Hammerman Family Lecture” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Jewish Publishing, Magic, & Kabbalah


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/) President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Arthur Kurzweil (http://arthurkurzweil.com/), an internationally renowned author, publisher, and illusionist, about the state of modern Jewish publishing, magic vs. illusion, and the mystery of Kabbalah.

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09/05/17


Capital Punishment in Ancient & Modern Jewish Law


Rabbi Dr. Alexander Kaye & Dr. Lynn Kaye of the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University (meltoncenter.osu.edu/) present their roundtable lecture “Capital Punishment in Ancient & Modern Jewish Law” before an audience at Valley Beit Midrash (www.ValleyBeitMidrash.org)in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Transformative Soul Music


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Israel based singer-songwriter Rabbi Shlomo Katz (http://www.shlomokatz.com/) about the power of music and how it affects the soul!

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09/05/17


Judaism is Not Our Religion


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi David Kasher, Senior Rabbinic Educator at Kevah (http://kevah.org/) and writer for the blog ParshaNut (http://parshanut.com/)

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09/05/17


Jewish Views of the Afterlife: Does the Soul Survive?


Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz of Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin, CA(www.cbi18.org) presents his Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture “Jewish Views of the Afterlife: Does the Soul Survive” before an audience at Congregation Or Tzion (congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Welcoming the New Jewish Family


Avraham Infeld, President Emeritus of Hillel International (www.hillel.org/, presents his lecture “Welcoming the New Jewish Family” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. Event in partnership with HoneymoonIsrael (www.honeymoonisrael.org/)

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09/05/17


The Major Mistake of the American Jewish Community


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Avraham Infeld, President Emeritus of Hillel International (http://www.hillel.org/), about the major mistakes found in the American Jewish Community.

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09/05/17


Crossing the Thresholds


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanlowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Sherre Hirsch (http://www.sherrehirsch.com/), Spiritual Life Consultant at Canyon Ranch.

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09/05/17


How to Thrive Through Life’s Transitions to Live Fearlessly & Regret-Free


Rabbi Sherre Hirsch (www.sherrehirsch.com/) presents her lecture “How to Thrive Through Life’s Transitions to Live Fearlessly & Regret-Free” before an audience at Valley Beit Midrash (www.ValleyBeitMidrash.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


What’s So Divine About Divine Law?


Professor Christine Hayes of Yale University (religiousstudies.yale.edu/) presents her Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture “What’s So Divine About Divine Law?” at Congregation Or Tzion (congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/05/17


Halacha and Homosexuality


**Mature Subject Matter** – This interview contains frank discussion of a sexual nature. Viewer Discretion Advised.

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Rahel Berkovits of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Learning (http://www.pardes.org.il/), an expert in Jewish law & sexuality.

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09/05/17


Jewish Perspectives on LOVE


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/) President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Pinchas Allouche of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, AZ (https://bethtefillahaz.org/).

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09/05/17


The Three Biggest Challenges Facing the Jewish World Today, Part 3


Rabbi Pinchas Allouche of Congregation Beth Tefillah (www.bethtefillahaz.org/) presents the third part of his class series “The Three Biggest Challenges Facing the Jewish World Today” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


The Three Biggest Challenges Facing the Jewish World Today, Part 2


Rabbi Pinchas Allouche of Congregation Beth Tefillah (www.bethtefillahaz.org/) presents the second part of his class series “The Three Biggest Challenges Facing the Jewish World Today” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


The Three Biggest Challenges Facing the Jewish World Today, Part 1


Rabbi Pinchas Allouche of Congregation Beth Tefillah (bethtefillahaz.org/) presents the first part of his class series “The Three Biggest Challenges Facing the Jewish World Today” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/05/17


Atheism, Agnosticism, and Perfect Belief


A panel discussion about Jewish belief in God. Facilitated by Prof. Joel Gereboff of Arizona State University. Members on the panel are: Rabbi Pinchas Allouche of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, AZ, Rabbi Mari Chernow of Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ and Jeffrey Schesnol of Or Adam Congregation of Humanistic Judaism in Scottsdale, AZ. Panel hosted by Valley Beit Midrash under the executive leadership of Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz.

Panel recorded March 26, 2014 at Congregation Beth Tefillah

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09/05/17


Driving Change in Israeli Society


Valley Beit Midrash presents Rabbi Dov Lipman of the Knesset giving a lecture entitled “Driving Change in Israeli Society” at Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/02/17


Putting God Second: How To Save Religion From Itself


Valley Beit Midrash Presents: “Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself” by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute (hartman.org.il/).

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09/02/17


Seek My Face, Speak My Name: A Judaism for Today’s Seeker


Thursday, March 19, 2015 Scottsdale, AZ Valley Beit Midrash
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09/02/17


Whose Jerusalem: The Holy City in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam


Valley Beit Midrash Presents “WHOSE JERUSALEM: The Holy City in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Firestone of Hebrew Union College – Los Angeles.

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09/01/17


Moral Conundrum Ahead: What If All This Mattered?


Newsweek’s #1 Rabbi in America Sharon Brous presenting her lecture “Moral Conundrum Ahead: What if All This Mattered.” Filmed live at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale, AZ on May,13 2014. Event co-sponsored by Or Chadash.

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09/01/17


The Future of American Judaism


In the 2013-14 kickoff event, Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz sits down with Jerry Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Jewish Foundations of North America to discuss “The Future of American Judaism: Challenges & Opportunities in the 21st Century”.

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09/01/17


The Bible in University Education


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Professor Christine Hayes of Yale University (http://religiousstudies.yale.edu/) about studying the Bible in a university setting.

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09/01/17


The Moses of Midrash: God’s Partner of Adversary


Professor Christine Hayes of Yale University presents “The Moses of Midrash: God’s Partner or Adversary” for The Women’s Jewish Learning Center(womenlearning.org/) & Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) at Congregation Or Tzion (congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/01/17


Healing The Heart of Conflict


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Marc Gopin, Marc Gopin, the Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) & the James H. Laue Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (http://crdc.gmu.edu/) about conflict resolution and seeking peace building strategies across the globe.

To purchase Professor Gopin’s book, “Healing the Heart of Conflict: 8 Crucial Steps to Making Peace with Yourself and Others” go HERE: http://amzn.to/1SylFXL

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09/01/17


Seven Steps Toward a Less Violent World: A View From Science & Torah


Rabbi Dr. Marc Gopin ,Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC), the James H. Laue Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (crdc.gmu.edu/), presents his lecture “Seven Steps Toward A Less Violent World: A View From Science & Torah” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/01/17


Trauma, Torah, & History


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Professor Joel Gereboff (ASU; HUC) about Jewish perspectives on dealing with trauma.

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09/01/17


Is Forgiveness Necessary for Interpersonal Reconciliation


Professor Joel Gereboff of Arizona State University & Hebrew Union College presents his lecture “Is Forgiveness Necessary for Interpersonal Reconciliation: Lessons from Talmudic Stories” before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/01/17


End-Of-Life Preparation


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz) President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Dr. Michelle Friedman, Founder, and Chair of the Department of Pastoral Counseling at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (http://www.yctorah.org/).

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09/01/17


If Two-State is Dead, What’s the Alternative?


Yishai Fleisher (yishaifleisher.com/), international spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hebron, radio host, & columnist presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture “If Two-State is Dead, What’s the Alternative?” at Congregation Beth Tefillah (bethtefillahaz.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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09/01/17


Jews & Higher Education


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanlowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Josh Feigelson, Founder & Director of Ask Big Questions (http://askbigquestions.org/) on the topic of Jews in Higher Education.

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09/01/17


Are You Jewish (Enough)? Conversion & Jewishness Then & Now


Valley Beit Midrash Presents: “Are You Jewish (Enough)? Conversion & Jewishness Then & Now by Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber, founder and director of ITIM: The Jewish-Life Information Center (www.itim.org.il/en/)

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09/01/17


The Ultimate Sacrifice? Wrestling with the Binding of Isaac


Valley Beit Midrash Presents: “The Ultimate Sacrifice? Wrestling with the Binding of Isaac: Different Perspectives on Faith!” by Rabbi Steven Exler, Senior Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (www.thebayit.org/).

It’s almost as if you’re in the front row learning with the rabbi!

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09/01/17


Ever Consider the Rabbinate?


Ever wondered what it’s like to pursue a career as a rabbi? Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Steven Exler of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – The Bayit (http://www.thebayit.org/).

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09/01/17


Orthodox Rabbi Reflects on Selma


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz) President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Tsvi Blanchard, renowned scholar and professor on the topic of Rabbi Blanchard’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

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09/01/17


The Uses and Misuses of Gentile Wisdom and Culture


Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein presents his lecture ” The Uses & Misuses of Gentile Wisdom and Culture: On Being a Cosmopolitan, but not Colonized, Minority” before an audience at Valley Beit Midrash (www.ValleyBeitMidrash.org)in Phoenix, AZ.

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09/01/17


Are Slave Reparations a Jewish Concern?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein about the role Jewish thought has on slave reparations.

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09/01/17


Sexuality and Sanctity – Desire and Pleasure


*Explicit Content* – The material in this lecture contains frank discussion about human sexuality. Discretion is advised.

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Rabbi Rahel Berkovits of The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il/) presents her lecture “Sexuality and Sanctity – Desire and Pleasure” before an audience at Valley Beit Midrash (www.ValleyBeitMidrash.org)in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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09/01/17


Drinking from Elijah’s Cup


Rabbi Danny Nevins presents his Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture “Drinking from Elijah’s Cup” at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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04/06/17


A Murder, a Mystery, and Mamzerut: The Pursuit of Truth and How Ancient Jewish Law Impacts Modern Secular Israeli Jurisprudence


Rabbi Ian Pear of Shir Hadash (shirhadash.wordpress.com/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture “A Murder, a Mystery, and Mamzerut: The Pursuit of Truth and How Ancient Jewish Law Impacts Modern Secular Israeli Jurisprudence” before an audience at the Jewish Community Foundation (www.jcfphoenix.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

 

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03/29/17


Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism


Rabbi Dr. Dov Weiss of the University of Illinois presents his lecture “Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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03/23/17


Sins of the Parents: Ethics and Theology in Rabbinic Literature


Rabbi Dr. Dov Weiss of the University of Illinois presents his lecture “Sins of the Parents: Ethics and Theology in Rabbinic Literature” before a roundtable audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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03/23/17


Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting


Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, Rabbi-in-Residence at Avodah (avodah.net/), an organization dedicated to creating leaders for economic justice, presents her Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture “Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting” at Congregation Or Tzion (congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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03/06/17


What Jews Can Learn From Christian Poets


Dr. Gillian Steinberg presents her Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture “What Jews Can Learn From Christian Poets” at Congregation Or Tzion (congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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02/27/17


Reel Theology: “The King’s Speech”


Professor Wendy Zierler of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion presents her lecture “Reel Theology: What we can learn about Moses’ leadership and the Word of God from ‘The King’s Speech'” before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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Music: “Good Starts,” a free-use public domain song by Jingle Punks, courtesy of YouTube’s Audio Library.

NOTE: The Queen Mother’s full name was Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon.

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01/15/17


Is There a Right to Die? Physician-Assisted Suicide in Jewish Thought


Professor David Novak of the University of Toronto presents his lecture” Is There a Right to Die? Physician-Assisted Suicide in Jewish Thought” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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12/15/16


A Divided Jewish People?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Alex Israel of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (http://www.pardes.org.il/) on the topic of “A Divided Jewish People?”

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12/13/16


A Zionism of Power of a Zionism of Values?


Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller presents his lecture “A Zionism of Power or A Zionism of Values? Toward a Renewal of the Zionist Idea” before a roundtable audience at The New Shul (www.thenewshul.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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11/21/16


Inequality: What Can Be Done? The Biblical Economics of Sufficiency


Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller presents his lecture “Inequality: What Can Be Done? – The Biblical Economics of Sufficiency” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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11/21/16


American Shtetl: Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Town in Suburban New York


Professor David N. Myers presents his lecture ” American Shtetl: Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Town in Suburban New York” before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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Music: “Good Starts,” a free-use public domain song by Jingle Punks, courtesy of YouTube’s Audio Library.

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11/07/16


On Being a Good Person in a Morally Complicated World


Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, noted author and lecturer, presented his lecture “On Being a Good Person in a Morally Complicated World: On Forgiveness, Self-Esteem, and Why It’s so Hard to Change” at Valley Beit Midrash’s opening event in Oct. 2016.

This Valley Beit Midrash lecture took place before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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10/30/16


Abraham’s Mission: Jewish Learning & Leadership


Valley Beit Midrash (https://www.valleybeitmidrash.org) is a collaborative organization that brings new, exciting, and relevant Jewish programming to the Greater Phoenix Jewish community in a diverse, welcoming, engaging, and pluralistic setting. Led by President & Dean Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz), VBM strives to bring a new level of Jewish discourse to the world.

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07/11/16


3 Paradigms of Divine Presence in the World


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/) presents a brief lecture about three paradigms of Jewish thought on the divine.

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03/25/16


10 Jewish Contributions to Addressing Global Conflict


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (http://www.rabbishmuly.com/) presents his lecture “10 Jewish Contributions to Addressing Global Conflict” before an Interfaith conference audience in March 2016.

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03/15/16


10 Jewish Contributions to Addressing Global Conflict


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (www.rabbishmuly.com/) presents his lecture “10 Jewish Contributions to Addressing Global Conflict” before an Interfaith conference audience in March 2016.

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03/15/16


Approaches to the Study of Talmud


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, interviews Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff, Director of Community Learning at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (http://www.yctorah.org/).

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02/24/16


Aaron the Cohen: Peacemaking and Leadership in the Jewish Community


Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff, Director of Community Learning at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (www.yctorah.org) presents his lecture “Aaron the Cohen: Peacemaking and Leadership in the Jewish Community” before a roundtable audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.

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02/24/16


Animals as Ethical Agents?


Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz) President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash interviews Professor Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at the Emory University Center for Ethics (http://www.ethics.emory.edu/).

To purchase Professor Crane’s book “Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents,” please visit HERE: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/beastly-morality/9780231174176

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02/22/16


A Listening Heart: Are We Raising Children of Solomon, or Children of Pharaoh?


Rabbi Dr. Josh Feigelson, Founder & Director of Ask Big Questions (askbigquestions.org/), presents his lecture “A Listening Heart: Are We Raising Children of Solomon, or Children of Pharaoh?” before a roundtable audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Phoenix, AZ.

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Jewish Ethics

Relationships

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01/26/16


20 Profound Lesson from Kabbalah That I Made Sure to Teach My Children


Rabbi Arthur Kurzweil (www.arthurkurzweil.com), renowned author, educator, editor, publisher, & illusionist, presents his lecture “20 Profound Lessons from Kabbalah That I Made Sure to Teach My Children” for Valley Beit Midrash event at Congregation Beth Tefillah (bethtefillahaz.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Family

Jewish Ethics

Mysticism & Spirituality

Relationships

11/04/15


A Pluralistic Israel


Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seth_Farber) is the Founder & Director of ITIM: The Jewish-Life Information Center (http://www.itim.org.il/en/). He sat down with Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz), President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, to discuss his career in advocating for a more pluralistic society in Israel.

Learn more about ITIM:
https://www.facebook.com/www.itim.org.il

 

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Israel

Politics

10/01/15


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