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Chancellor Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm Publishes New Book Reflecting on Jewish Holidays

The Jewish holidays are not only joyous celebrations but repositories of profound teachings on personal and communal priorities, as eloquently portrayed in Rabbi Norman Lamm’s new book, Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays. Published by RIETS/Yeshiva University Press and OU Press, this new book of insights by the venerable sage of Modern Orthodoxy adds a further layer of relevance to the annual cycle of holy days.

No single contemporary scholar exemplifies the combination of fidelity to tradition and engagement with modernity more than Rabbi Lamm. With his unique charm and formidable erudition, Rabbi Lamm explores the holidays’ lessons for parenting and education, financial integrity and religious intensity, tradition and transition, and much more. In this new volume, he travels across the calendar, expertly distilling themes and ideas from classic texts and providing new meaning to the familiar holidays.

Rabbi Lamm is one of the most gifted and profound thinkers of the Modern Orthodox community. In addition to serving as Chancellor of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of its affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, he was the founding editor of Tradition, the journal of Orthodox thought published by the Rabbinical Council of America, and to this day convenes the Orthodox Forum, a think tank of rabbis, academicians, and community leaders that meets annually to discuss topics of concern in the Orthodox community.

Before assuming the presidency of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Lamm served for many years as rabbi of The Jewish Center, one of New York City’s most prominent and vibrant Orthodox synagogues. A prolific author in the field of Jewish philosophy and law, a distinguished academician, and a charismatic pulpit rabbi, Rabbi Lamm has made, and continues to make, an extraordinary impact on the Jewish community. With a rare combination of penetrating scholarship and eloquence of expression, he has successfully presented a Torah view of contemporary Jewish life that speaks movingly to all.

This volume was edited by Dr. David Shatz, professor of philosophy at Yeshiva University and editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal and the series MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Dr. Shatz carefully selected and edited the material from Rabbi Lamm’s archives, assisted by Rabbi Simon Posner, executive editor of OU Press and associate editor of this volume.

Copies of Festivals of Faith, which cost $27.95 each, are available through OU Press. Learn more about Rabbi Lamm and view his extensive archives at The Lamm Heritage.


YU Hosts Renowned Scholars to Discuss “Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antiquity,” March 27-28

Yeshiva University’s Center for Israel Studies presents an international two-day conference on March 27-28 entitled Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antiquity. The conference, co-sponsored by the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and the Yeshiva University Museum, is free and open to the public and will take place at the YU Museum, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street on Sunday March 27 and YU’s historic Washington Heights Wilf Campus, Furst Hall, 500 West 185th Street on Monday, March 28.

Dr. Steven Fine

Dr. Steven Fine

“In the last century, massive strides have been made toward the integration of archaeology into the study of rabbinic literature and of rabbinic literature into the study of classical archaeology,” said Steven Fine, director of the Center for Israel Studies. “This paradigm shift has altered the ways we view the rabbis, their literature, Jewish history and the broader Roman world. This conference will focus explicitly upon intersections between Palestinian rabbis and archaeology from the vantage point of rabbinic literature.”

The scholars participating in the conference include Yaakov Elman, professor of Judaic studies at Revel; Steven Fraade, Yale University; Ozer Glickman, rosh yeshiva at YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary; Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University; Eric Meyers, Duke University; Lawrence Schiffman, vice provost at Yeshiva University; and Daniel Sperber, Bar-Ilan University.

For more information, to view the full schedule or to register for the conference, visit


The Jewish Channel’s Week In Review features the Maccabeats’ new Purim song (starting at 0:35) and the Yeshiva University Museum (7:44).

Entry to the YU Museum is free to University faculty, administration and students with valid ID. To learn more about the YU Museum visit