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The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
invites you to a lecture:

A Prayer From the Depths and the Depths of a Prayer:
Jonah’s Quest for Eden and the 70 Faces of the Bible

By Dr. Yitzhak Berger

Newly discovered intertextual
relationships continue to reveal
hidden layers of meaning in
biblical texts. Allusions in Jonah
to Eden-related material provide
fascinating insight into the
theological message of the book
and the compositional methods
employed to generate multiplicity
of meaning.

Dr. Yitzhak Berger is Professor
and Head of the Hebrew
Division at Hunter College of
the City University of New York,
and author most recently of
Jonah in the Shadows of Eden
(Indiana University Press).


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The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
invites you to a discussion: Elul: The Season of Repentance

7:00 PM:
A Time of Soul Searching:
The Yiddishist Intelligentsia and the Crisis of 1939

Associate Professor of Jewish History at Revel

In their youth, East European Yiddishist intellectuals
rejected Jewish religious tradition as an impediment
to their creation of a new, secular Jewish national identity
based upon the Yiddish language and culture. But on the
eve of World War II, Nazism’s assault on the Jews led
these intellectuals to question the humanistic assumptions
upon which their secular ideologies rested. Many, in turn,
sought solace and solutions to the Jewish plight in the
very religious tradition that they had once believed to
be obsolete.

7:30 PM:
Rav Kook on Repentance
(or Does the World Really Revolve Around Us?)

Associate Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Revel I 7:30 p.m.

In the preface to Orot ha-Teshuva, Rav Kook writes that
“our literature, which explores every area where there
is manifest the poetry of life, did not probe at all into this
wonderful treasure of life.” Given the existence of works
such as Rabbeinu Yonah’s Sha’arei Teshuvah and the
Rambam’s Hilkhot Teshuvah, not to mention numerous
Talmudic references, this seems like a strange comment
to make. So what did Rav Kook mean? What was so
unique about his view of Teshuvah that enabled him to
make such a claim?


How much do you know about the early years of Yeshiva University and Rabbi Dr. Bernard Revel?

Read this article from the Jewish Link to find out more!


Revel Associate Dean Mordechai Cohen gave a mini-course at the University of Shandong in the Chinese city of Jinan in early June. As described in the program below, his 3-lecture series on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible focused on the books of Job, the Song of Songs, and the Pentateuch, as understood by Jewish interpreters from ancient to modern times. Dr. Cohen also addressed the ways in which the Hebrew Bible was interpreted by Christians and Muslims by way of comparison, The subject of his recently published volume by Cambridge University press, Interpreting Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Dr. Cohen was invited to Shandong by Professor Youde Fu, Director of the Institute for advanced Judaic and comparative religious studies, who had come to Revel in October 2015 to deliver a lecture on Confucius and the Hebrew prophets. (Click here to view the complete lecture on the Revel YouTube channel.) At the time, Dr. Fu and Dr. Cohen saw the potential for further comparative work of the two traditions. (Click here to view a conversation between Dr. Fu and Dr. Cohen on our YouTube channel.)




This past Thursday evening, May 26th 2016, the BRGS community gathered together to celebrate the class of 2016 and welcome incoming students. It was a well attended event, bringing in just over 100 people. The graduates and their families enjoyed a light reception followed by this program:



Dean David Berger


President Richard M. Joel

Presentation to the Graduates


Dr. Jess Olson Associate Professor of Jewish History


Malka Lebovic Alweis

Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies Class of 2016


Mark Glass

Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary Class of 2016


Rona Steinerman

Director of Admissions and Student Affairs


Congrats to our graduating class. Pictures from the event can be viewed on our Facebook Page.