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Revel doctoral student Yosef Bronstein speaks at Chag HaSemikhah

March 27th, 2014 by jtaubes

2014 Chag HaSemikhahCongratulation to BRGS doctoral student Rabbi Yosef Bronstein, who was chosen to represent all the RIETS musmakhim of the last four years at the quadrennial Chag ha-Semikhah.  We are proud to present a video of his address.


Dr. Shana Schick lectures on the Cairo Genizah

March 21st, 2014 by rjacob

c1.45.1VThe Bernard Revel Graduate School was pleased to welcome back alumna Dr. Shana Schick (BRG ’11) to deliver a special guest lecture on Tuesday evening, February 25th.  Dr. Schick was the first woman to earn a doctorate in Talmud from Revel and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at The Center for Inter-disciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah at Haifa.  While the academic community is well aware of the Genizah, one of the goals of Schick’s program is to bring it to the public’s attention and share insights into its significance through various educational frameworks. Her lecture, “Midrash Reishit HaParshiyot: A Genizah Discovery,” presented some of her research findings through a close reading of a particular midrashic fragment. Read the rest of this entry »

Professor Aaron Koller Publishes A New Book On Megillat Esther

March 14th, 2014 by rjacob

rsz_koller-esther (1)Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

On the background of a broad but detailed survey of major trends in Jewish thought during Second Temple times, this book provides a new understanding of the purpose and meaning of Esther.  Focusing on intertextual relationships and the history of ideas, the book shows how controversial Esther was for centuries, and how it became the beloved book known today.

Revel Professors Koller and Tzadik in Museum Panel on Esther

March 14th, 2014 by rjacob

"Exploring Esther: The Origins, Values and Power of Purim” at the YU MuseumIt’s the only book in the Bible to omit all mention of God, the Torah and the land of Israel. Aside from Genesis, it’s also the most written-about biblical work in the Talmud. Throughout the ages, the unique tension in the Book of Esther has made it one of the most fascinating books in Jewish tradition, and also one of the most deeply complex. On March 10, in honor of the upcomingfestival of Purim, scholars from schools across Yeshiva University came together to discuss those complexities and their implications for Jewish thought and experience. Read the rest of this entry »

“Patterns In Genesis and Beyond”: A New Book by Revel Alumnus Rabbi Dr. David Sykes

March 2nd, 2014 by rjacob

rsz_rabbisykes_beyondyRabbi Dr. David Sykes has published his book, Patterns in Genesis and Beyond, available on Amazon.com.  In this 602 page work, Rabbi Dr. Sykes presents a network of verbal and thematic connections found in the Chumash and Neviim Rishonim.  These patterns shed light on the deeper messages embedded in Tanakh and the life-lessons we can learn from them.

Revel Guest Lecture by Professor Yosef Kaplan

February 23rd, 2014 by rjacob

rsz_1kaplan_lecture_photos_10_feb_2014_012On Monday, February 10th, Yosef Kaplan, Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and world-renowned historian of the western Sephardi diaspora delivered a special Revel guest lecture, “The Challenges of Circumcision in the age of the Marranos.” Prominent among Kaplan’s accomplishments and awards is his receipt of the Israel Prize in 2013, which in the words of Dean Berger in his introductory remarks, “is the closest thing that Jewish studies has to a Nobel prize.” Read the rest of this entry »

Professor Isaiah Gafni delivers guest lecture

February 12th, 2014 by jtaubes

20140203_Revel_Isaiah_Rabbis_013An icy snowstorm did not deter over 40 students, faculty and community members from gathering in Belfer Hall on February 3 to hear Dr. Isaiah Gafni, Sol Rosenbloom Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, present a lecture on images of the Talmudic sages in modern times.

While Gafni is most noted for his extensive writing on social, religious and cultural history of the Jews in late antiquity, his lecture, “Will the “Real” Rabbis Please Stand Up? On the Repackaging of the Rabbinic Model in Modern Historiography,” focused on the historiography of his field over the past 200 years. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies invites you to its annual Shabbaton

February 11th, 2014 by jtaubes

Shabbaton 2014Join us for Shabbat Parashat Tazria March 28–29, 2014 in Washington Heights featuring Dr. Mordechai Cohen, Professor of Bible and Associate Dean, Dr. Daniel Tsadik Assistant Professor of Sephardic and Iranian Studies Read the rest of this entry »

Exploring Esther: The Origins, Values and Power of Purim

February 10th, 2014 by rjacob

Light-and-Shadows-Purim-Program copyOn Monday, March 10, join a cross‐disciplinary panel of Yeshiva University scholars as they discuss the interpretive history of the Book of Esther, the story of the Jews in Persian lands, and the values and meaning of Purim today.

Featuring: Aaron Koller, Associate Professor of Bible, Yeshiva College and Bernard Revel Graduate School, and Assistant Dean of Yeshiva College; Yael Leibowitz, Instructor in Bible, Stern College for Women; Meir Soloveichik, Director, Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought; and Daniel Tsadik, Assistant Professor of Sephardic and Iranian Studies, Bernard Revel Graduate School. Read the rest of this entry »

Revel Symposium: New Perspectives on Parshanut ha-Miqra

February 9th, 2014 by rjacob

rsz_20140129_revel_symposium_091On Tuesday, January 28, 2014 the Bernard Revel Graduate School welcomed Professor Yeshayahu Maori of Haifa University and Professor Amos Frisch of Bar-Ilan University for a symposium titled, “New Perspectives on Parshanut ha-Miqra: Medieval and Modern.” Revel Associate Dean and Bible Professor Mordechai Cohen was the respondent, and also introduced both Israeli academics. Read the rest of this entry »