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Upcoming Lecture by Dr. Stefan Reif, Renowned Scholar of the Cairo Geniza

October 20th, 2014 by mayerjuni

Reif FlatscreenPlease join us on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. in Furst Hall, Room 535 for a guest lecture by Dr. Stefan Reif: “Attitudes to Non-Jews in Prayer Texts Found in Early Hebrew Manuscripts.” (Click to RSVP)

Dr. Reif is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Jewish Studies at Cambridge University, the retired Director of the Cairo Genizah Collection/Research in the Cambridge University Library, the retired Director of the Oriental Division of the Cambridge University Library, a Fellow of St. John’s College at Cambridge University, and the former President of the Jewish Historical Society of England and of the Cambridge Theological Society. Dr. Reif also served as a lecturer at the University of Glasgow and at Dropsie College in Philadelphia.

The lecture is sponsored in revered memory of the Hakham, Rabbi Dr. Solomon Gaon, a’h, the late beloved co-founder of Yeshiva University’s Sephardic Studies Programs and Professor of Sephardic Studies of the Sephardic Community Program and the Sephardic Council of Overseers.

Free parking is available for event attendees at YU Parking Lot (E) – 2497 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, 10033.

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Interview with Dr. Moshe Miller, Revel PhD in Modern Jewish History, 2014

October 8th, 2014 by mayerjuni
Dr. Moshe Miller

Dr. Moshe Miller

Dr. Moshe Miller (BR ’14) recently completed his doctorate in modern Jewish history. We sat down with Dr. Miller to congratulate him on this accomplishment and for a chat about his experiences at Revel, his area of specialization, and what the future holds in store for Revel’s most recent PhD graduate.

Revel Blog:  Who did you study with at Revel and what did you learn from them?

Dr. Miller: I had the good fortune to study with Professors Elisheva Carlebach, Jeffrey Gurock, Joshua Zimmerman, Daniel Rynhold, Joshua Karlip, Jess Olson, and Dean David Berger. Each of these scholars has broadened my knowledge of social, political and intellectual Jewish history as well as Jewish philosophy. In particular, Dr. Olson’s knowledge of modern European intellectual history has been of enormous help in orienting my own research. I have also been privileged to have participated in substantive discussions with Professors Ephraim Kanarfogel, Sid Leiman, and Yaakov Elman. One core idea that all of these scholars have taught me is the importance of general history and philosophy for contextualizing what the Jews were doing!    Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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.