An Armchair Conversation with Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University
It was an honor and a privilege to host Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman this evening as part of our Kohelet Yeshiva Beit Midrash and to engage him in a public conversation about where our community is headed. Over the course of an hour we touched on issues ranging from the relationship between the Modern Orthodox community in the United States and . . .
Jewish Day Schools and the future of Education Reform
In a recent Op-Ed for the New York Jewish Week I argued that the focus of Education Reform ought to shift from specific teaching techniques and classroom protocols to the harnessing of cognitive science and data science for the sake of improving learning. In doing so I called for the Jewish community to marshal its resources in both . . .
I received quite a few thoughtful responses to my article on Postmodern Orthodoxy last week and read though many more that were posted online. The conversations were healthy ones and I hope that we, as a community, can continue to challenge each other li-shem shamayim.
One very incisive and insightful email I received, came . . .
Personal Reflections on Engaging Millennials
This past summer I was invited by the RCA to join a panel at their annual convention aimed at addressing the challenge of engaging Millennials in Orthodox shuls. Two weeks ago, I was invited by the Orthodox Union to join a group of school, shul, and youth leaders in a conversation about the religious state of our yeshiva high school . . .
An approach to "hard" halakhot
Two years ago on the Friday preceding Parshat Tazria-Metzora, I used the weekly Parshat HaShavua slot at Kohelet Yeshiva High School to lay out an approach to seemingly "hard" halakhot. I challenged our students to ask two questions each time they hit up against a halakha or a set of halakhot that strike them as difficult, . . .
A Three Part Lecture Series
As part of our Kohelet Yeshiva Beit Midrash Adult Education Program, I recently completed a three part lecture series entitled the Making of Modern Judaism. At various points in the series people asked me if recordings and / or source sheets were available from the ones they had missed. Below you'll find links to both. . . .
We had the pleasure of hosting Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff as part of our Kohelet Beit Midrash Scholar Series last Shabbat (next up: Marc Shapiro, Jeffery Woolf, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Malka Simkovich, Shani Taragin and Malka Binah...). Dr. Eleff's keynote address following davening Shabbat morning explored the "Gedolim culture" of . . .