Center for the Jewish Future, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and Beth Din of America Present Day of Learning Dedicated to September 11

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11, Yeshiva University will host a special Abraham & Millie Arbesfeld Yom Rishon panel discussion titled “The Profound Impact of September 11 on Jewish Life.” The Sunday, September 11 event is presented by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and the Beth Din of America and will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Weissberg Commons, 2495 Amsterdam Ave. on YU’s Washington Heights Wilf Campus.

Panelists include Rabbi Yona Reiss, Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, RIETS rosh yeshiva, and Anat Barber, Planning Executive of the Commission on the Jewish People at UJA-Federation of New York and a former shomeret at Ground Zero. The panel will be moderated by Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of CJF.

“The events of 9/11 remain fresh in our consciousness,” said Rabbi Reiss. “On the 10th yahrtzeit it is important for us to revisit the personal and communal tragedy, the halakhic and hashkafic ramifications, and the insights that can be gleaned from the manner in which so many individuals rallied together to try to make a positive difference.”

After the panel, there will be breakout sessions on topics including “Reflections Relating to the Resolution of the World Trade Center Agunah Cases” by Rabbi Reiss, “Halachot of the 9/11 Agunot:  Corresponding with the Gedolim of Eretz Yisrael” by Rabbi Willig, and “Finding G-d in Times of Darkness” by Rabbi Brander.

“September 11 continues to be a transformational moment in our history as a society,” said Rabbi Brander. “Dedicating the Arbesfeld Kollel & Midreshet Yom Rishon to this national tragedy is just one of the ways we pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The shiurim [lectures] and conversations on 9/11 acknowledge the responsibility of Torah Judaism to engage with the theological and halakhic issues of such challenging contemporary events.”

The event is open to the public and complimentary parking and refreshments will be available. In addition, as part of the National Day of Service, YU invites all participants to drop off unopened cans of food which bear a reliable kosher symbol to benefit the JCC of Washington Heights’ Day of Service Food Drive.

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