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Yeshiva University to Release Follow-Up to Mitokh Ha-Ohel Featuring Original Essays on the Haftarot from Faculty Throughout the University

Yeshiva University will be publishing a follow-up to Mitokh Ha-Ohel, its widely praised collection of original essays by rabbis and professors from every division of the University on the weekly parashiyot [Torah portions], this time focusing on the haftarot, the weekly selections from the books of the Prophets. The new volume, entitled Mitokh Ha-Ohel: The Haftarot, is sponsored by the Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press and is scheduled for release by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem, on November 8, 2011.

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Mitokh Ha-Ohel's second volume features scholarly articles on the haftarot from contributors spanning the YU spectrum.

Like its predecessor, the second installment of Mitokh Ha-Ohel (literally “from within the tent”) brings together a diverse range of scholars and rabbinic thinkers, the multi-faceted voices of Yeshiva University, to elucidate and explore all of the haftarot from a wide range of approaches, including textual analysis, homiletic exposition, halakhic [Jewish law] analysis and academic exploration.

“Sharing the profound Torah insights of Yeshiva University’s scholars, the Mitokh Ha-Ohel series enriches all who peruse its pages with glimpses of the full 70 faces of the Torah,” said Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel. ”Just like on Simchat Torah, we acknowledge our continued dedication to the Torah and to the other portions of Tanakh by offering this new volume for continued study. In offering their unique perspective on the words of the prophets, the contributors to Mitokh Ha-Ohel: The Haftarot display the breadth and the depth of Yeshiva University in a way that complements and yet is different from the first Mitokh Ha-Ohel.”

While Mitokh Ha-Ohel: The Haftarot features essays from returning contributors, there are quite a few contributors who are new to the series.

As with the first volume, this anthology, with more than 700 pages, includes essays from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) from the rabbis, professors and administrators of Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, the Mazer Yeshiva Program, the Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program, the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies, the James Striar School of General Jewish Studies, the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy, the Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, the Center for the Jewish Future, and the Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute of RIETS in Jerusalem.

“Works such as this reveal the true strength of Yeshiva University. Men and women, professors and rabbis, faculty and administration alike, all contribute their unique insights to the common goal of spreading Torah knowledge,” added President Joel.

“It is my hope that as the wisdom emanating from YU reaches larger and more diverse audiences, the tent of the Jewish people will prove stronger and more inviting than ever before.”