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Congratulations to Revel’s Dr. Stuart Halpern On The Publication of a New Volume

August 28th, 2014 by rjacob

mitokh-haohel-coverA third book in the Mitokh Ha-Ohel series featuring collections of essays by Yeshiva University faculty is being released this week. The first of a three-volume series on prayer, From Within the Tent: Essays on the Weekday Prayers from the Rabbis and Professors of Yeshiva University (The Michael Scharf Publication Trust of RIETS/Yeshiva University Press and Koren Publishers, 2014) is a compilation of writings from over three dozen YU faculty members — including Roshei Yeshiva, deans and professors — who draw upon a range of diverse sources to help readers gain a better understanding of the weekday prayers.

The book was edited by YU Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman, who is also a professor at Sy Syms School of Business and executive editor of YU Press, and Dr. Stuart W. Halpern, who serves as an academic advisor on YU’s Wilf campus, assistant director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought and assistant director of Student Programming and Community Outreach at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

For Halpern, the release marks a personal milestone, as this is the 10th book he has edited for YU Press over the last five years.

“It’s an honor to play a role in disseminating the teachings of YU rebbeim and faculty to the greater community,” said Halpern, who earned a master’s degree from Revel and a doctorate from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. “Each book is a labor of love, and I am extremely appreciative of the positive reaction these volumes have elicited both within Yeshiva, as well as from readers across the world. People have told me they’ve seen these books in the Oxford library, seforim [book] stores in Australia, and of course, all over the United States and Israel. It’s really amazing to know I’ve been able to help spread the Torah of Yeshiva University to so many.”

Stuart Halpern

Halpern first got involved in YU Press in 2009, when he came up with the idea to produce a volume collecting original essays on the weekly Torah portion from faculty across the University. “After a trip to Israel, I noticed a couple of projects of this type that had been done there, and it seemed like a no-brainer to undertake such a project at Yeshiva,” he said. “YU and RIETS Press’ Dr. Jeffrey Gurock and Rabbi Feldman were very supportive of the endeavor, and everyone liked the name I came up with – Mitokh Ha-Ohel­: From Within the Tent, so named because President Richard Joel often speaks about the plurality of voices at Yeshiva that fit within our ‘big tent.’”

After the first volume was released in 2010, Halpern was encouraged to undertake a sequel on the haftarot, and he completed that as well, incorporating over 72 original contributions. Some of his other edited works include Lexical Studies in the Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Inscriptions: The Collected Essays of Hayim Tawil (KTAV and YU Press, 2012); The Azrieli Papers Volume II: Commonplaces, Uncommon Research (KTAV and YU Press, 2013); and five volumes of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm’s Derashot LeDorot series, a commentary on the five books of the Torah.

A launch event for the new Mitokh Ha-Ohel volume is planned for September 14 at the Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon and Millie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon program, which will feature Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks as the keynote speaker.

The above first appeared on the YU News blog.

Professor Hyman Receives Alumni Award of Merit

August 28th, 2014 by rjacob

1 Professor Arthur Hyman Jewish PhilosophyDr. Arthur Hyman, distinguished service professor of philosophy and former dean of Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, will be recognized with the Alumni Award of Merit at the St. John’s College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944.  Read the rest of this entry »

Revel Doctoral Candidate Elliot Resnick Reprints Classic Work

August 28th, 2014 by rjacob

book_coverRevel congratulates Elliot Resnick (BRGS ’10), editor of the new publication Perfection: The Torah Ideal.  The book consists of a reprint of Rabbi Dov Katz’s fascinating introduction to The Musar Movement – a work that has been out of print for 40 years – plus a biographical appreciation of the author by his son, Rabbi Yehoshua Katz, Ashkenazic rav of Ma’ale Adumim.

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New Article by Leonard Grunstein of the Revel Board of Overseers

July 30th, 2014 by rjacob

Leonard-GrunsteinRecently published in the spring 2014 edition of the Real Estate Finance Journal, Leonard Grunstein’s plan to resolve New York’s affordable housing crisis proposes a new mixed-income, mixed-use model of affordable housing that enables the free-market to fund the development.  Mr. Grunstein is also the author of a major study of direct relevance to the field of Jewish Studies, where he provides a comparative analysis of central aspects of the laws of interest in halakhah, sharia, and canon law.

Revel Alumnus to Speak at The Library of Congress

July 22nd, 2014 by rjacob

Shai-Secunda-portrait1Revel Alumnus Dr. Shai Secunda will be speaking at The Library of Congress on Tuesday, July 22nd. Dr. Secunda received his PhD in Talmud from Revel in 2008, completing his dissertation: “Dashtana—Ke-Derekh Nashim Li: A Study of the Babylonian Rabbinic Laws of Menstruation in Relation to Corresponding Zoroastrian Texts,” under the direction of Prof. Yaakov Elman. He is currently a Martin Buber Research Fellow at The Hebrew University. Dr. Secunda is also the author of “The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in its Sassanian Context.”

View the flyer here.

Professor Joshua Karlip’s New Book: The Tragedy of a Generation

July 15th, 2014 by yaellefrohlich

Book--High Resolution PhotoDr. Karlip’s recently published book, The Tragedy of a Generation: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Nationalism in Eastern Europe (Harvard University Press, 2013) examines the “ideal” of Diaspora Nationalism, a pre-WWII movement seeking Jewish national autonomy within Europe, and its complex relationship to other ideologies such as Yiddishism, traditional Judaism, Zionism and socialism. Karlip, Associate Professor of Jewish History at Revel and Yeshiva College, focuses on three Diaspora nationalist leaders—Yisroel Efroikin, Zelig Kalmanovitch and Elias Tcherikower—from the 1905 Russian Revolution through the movement’s ideological demise with the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust.

Karlip’s work has garnered outstanding praise in the AJS Review, Foreign Affairs, and East European Jewish AffairsAccording to one reviewer, Ezra Mendelsohn (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in East European Jewish Affairs), “Karlip leads us, in some detail, through the permutations, the seemingly endless shifts of opinion, and the bursts of pessimism and optimism that characterised the advocates of the autonomist idea during the period between the two Russian revolutions and during the interwar period.”   Read the rest of this entry »

Alumnus Sigurd Neubauer Publishes Political Science Articles

July 14th, 2014 by yaellefrohlich

sigurd neubauerRevel alumnus Sigurd Neubauer (BRGS ’14), now a Washington, DC-based defense and strategic affairs analyst, recently published articles about US-Iranian and -Saudi politics on the Huffington Post and Atlantic Council websites.

Neubauer has seven years experience in strategic communications, public diplomacy and research focusing on American foreign policy towards the European Union and the Middle East from both the U.S. defense industry and from the NGO sector. In his current position at SOS International Ltd., a privately held operations support company providing information engagement, intelligence solutions and stability operations, Neubauer supports the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan with their strategic communications efforts. Under a previous contract with the United States Strategic Command, he analyzed Israeli military security. Neubauer is also an adviser to the American Middle East Institute and a member of the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project at Columbia University. His work has also been translated into Arabic.


New Book by Prof. Mahnaz Moazami

July 3rd, 2014 by rjacob

IS9_HR_proef6 copyWe congratulate Prof. Mahnaz Moazami, who has regularly taught Middle Persian at Revel for many years, on the publication of a major study.   Some of her courses are taught in conjunction with Prof. Yaakov Elman, whose pioneering work on the interface between Talmudic and Middle Persian culture has transformed the academic study of the Talmudic period in Babylonia.  This book deals with a text that is fascinating in itself but also sheds light on the similarities and differences between the  legal and ideological world of Zoroastrian scholars  and that of the Sages of the Babylonian Talmud.  For details about the book, see http://www.brill.com/products/book/wrestling-demons-pahlavi-widewdad.

Revel Doctoral Candidate Receives MFJC Dissertation Grant

June 26th, 2014 by rjacob

landmanThe Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture has awarded a Doctoral Scholarship to Revel PhD candidate Yael Landman for 2014-2015. Through its generous dissertation grants, the Foundation helps train qualified individuals for careers in Jewish scholarship and research.

Yael Landman is a doctoral candidate in the Bible department interested in biblical and ancient Near Eastern law and literature and Semitic linguistics. Her dissertation, “The Biblical Law of Bailment in Its Ancient Near Eastern Contexts,” examines the institution of bailment through its treatment in biblical and cuneiform law corpora, biblical narrative, and Mesopotamian legal documents.

Revel Doctoral Student Aryeh Tuchman Presents Paper at Indiana University

June 15th, 2014 by rjacob

Aryeh Headshot no logoAt an international conference convened by the Institute for Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University, Aryeh Tuchman joined thirty other scholars for three days of intensive interdisciplinary study of contemporary antisemitism. Aryeh’s paper focused on “Generational Changes in the Holocaust Denial Movement,” and analyzed the shifting rhetorical strategies employed by Holocaust deniers from the 1970s through today. Aryeh’s interest in contemporary antisemitism grew as a result of his studies of antisemitism in the medieval period at BRGS.