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Center for Jewish Law Presents Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on February 9

The Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will present their Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City.

Dr. Isaiah Gafni

Dr. Isaiah Gafni will deliver the Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on February 9.

Dr. Isaiah M. Gafni, the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law will discuss “Punishment, Blessing or Universal Mission: Ancient Perceptions (And Some Modern Thoughts) on Jewish Diaspora.”

Gafni is the Sol Rosenbloom Professor of Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught for 40 years. Gafni has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities, including Harvard, Yale and Brown. In 2010, he was awarded the Shimshon Rosenthal Prize for Talmudic Studies by the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yair Lorberbaum to Discuss the Concept of the Decree of Scripture in the Thought of Maimonides on February 6

The Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization (CJL) at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will present their Seventh Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on Wednesday, February 6 at 6 p.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City. Dr. Yair Lorberbaum, the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law will discuss “The Concept of the ‘Decree of Scripture’ (Gezerat Ha-Katuv) in the Thought of Maimonides.”

Yair Lorberbaum is the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law

Lorberbaum is a professor of law at the Bar-Ilan University, specializing in Jewish law, Jewish thought, jurisprudence and philosophy. He has also been a member of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem since 1991. Lorberbaum has previously served as a visiting professor at University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Princeton, and Cardozo, and was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

He is the author of Subordinated King: Kingship in Classical Jewish Literature and the forthcoming Apples of Gold in Silver Settings: Maimonides on Parables, Philosophy, and Law. In 2007, his book, Image of God: Halakhah and Aggadah, was awarded the prestigious Goldstein-Goren Award for best recent book in the field of Jewish thought. Read the rest of this entry…

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A Potent Symbol of Jewish Life in America, the Eruv Gets Unprecedented Exhibition at YU Museum

It divides private and public, sacred and secular, work and Sabbath. And you might live in one without knowing it.

The elevated train track on 3rd Ave was the western border of Manhattan¹s first eruv. Chatham Square (pictured here) was on the western edge of the Lower East Side. (YU Museum collection)

The eruv is one of the most fascinating, though little understood and sometimes controversial concepts in Jewish life. Now, for the first time, it’s the subject of an exhibition—It’s a Thin Line: The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond—at the Yeshiva University Museum, near Union Square in Manhattan. Read the rest of this entry…

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Visiting Scholar Hannah Kasher to Discuss Ultimate Punishment According to Jewish Philosophy at Feb. 15 Center for Jewish Law Lecture

The Yeshiva University (YU) Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization (CJL) at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will present their Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on Wednesday, February 15 at 6 p.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City. Dr. Hannah Kasher, the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law at Cardozo, will discuss“On Ultimate Punishment According to Jewish Philosophy: Between R. Saadia Gaon and Moses Mendelssohn.”

Dr. Hannah Kasher

Dr. Hannah Kasher, Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law

Kasher is an associate professor of Jewish philosophy at Bar-Ilan University. Her scholarly interests include medieval exegesis of the Bible. Kasher edited Joseph ibn Kaspi’s Shulhan Kesef and is the author of Heretics in Maimonides’ Teaching (in press), as well as numerous scholarly articles. She is on the editorial board of Da’at and sevres as director of the Schneeweiss Chair for Jewish Philosophy and Ethics.

The lecture is named for the late Dr. Ivan Isaak Meyer, who practiced law in Germany and New York City and was a generous supporter of Jewish education in the New York area. Admission is free and open to the public.

To register online, visit www.cardozo.yu.edu/cjl/registration or call 212-790-0258. For more information on The Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization visit www.cardozo.yu.edu/cjl.

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Visiting Scholar Warren Zev Harvey to Discuss “Rabbi Nissim of Girona on the Constitutional Power of the Sovereign” on Oct. 21

The Yeshiva University Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization (CJL) at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will present their Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City. Professor Warren Zev Harvey, the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law at Cardozo, will discuss “Rabbi Nissim of Girona on the Constitutional Power of the Sovereign.”

Professor Harvey is a professor in the Department of Jewish Thought at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of many studies on medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, including Physics and Metaphysics in Hasdai Crescas. Professor Harvey’s research has focused, among other things, on the influence of Greek and Roman philosophy upon the rabbis, the connection between poetry and philosophy in the works of Solomon ibn Gabirol and Judah Halevi, the Maimonidean elements in the teachings of Moses Mendelsohn and Solomon Maimon and the land of Israel in Jewish philosophy.

Professor Harvey received his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University and has held visiting appointments at various universities, including Yale, McGill University, Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania. He received the prestigious EMET Prize in Humanities in 2009.

The lecture is named for the late Dr. Ivan Isaak Meyer, who practiced law in Germany and New York City and was a generous supporter of Jewish education in the New York area. Admission is free and open to the public. To register online visitwww.cardozo.yu.edu/cjl/registration or call 212-790-0258. For more information on The Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization visit www.cardozo.yu/edu/cjl.

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