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Judaism’s Encounter with Other Cultures

As part of the Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon & Millie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon programs, the CJF organized an annual Yom Iyun on December 9th 2012.

The theme of this year’s Yom Iyun was “Judaism’s Encounter with Other Cultures” in honor of the 25th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung, one of the pioneers of Modern Orthodox values in America. The Yom Iyun, generously sponsored by Robyn and Shukie Grossman and Family, took place on the first day of Chanukah, December 9th 2012, making it an appropriate time to reflect on how Judaism interacts with surrounding cultures.

Presentations were given on the history of Judaism’s interaction with the outside world, as well as some of the ways the Jewish community currently interacts with its surrounding environment, benefiting from and contributing to, the fields of religion, psychology, law, amongst other disciplines.  Additionally, speakers also addressed some of the Halachik challenges of interacting with surrounding religions and cultures.

The keynote lecture was given by Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor, Jewish Thought & History and Senior Scholar, Center for the Jewish Future. The breakout shiurim featured renowned Yeshiva personalities such as Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman, Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS; Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Jewish History at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and Stern College for Women; Dr. Aaron Koller, Co-chair of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva College; Mrs. CB Neugroschl, Head of School, YU High School for Girls; Dr. Rona Novick, Director, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Division of Doctoral Studies at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration; Rabbi Yona Reiss, Max and Marion Grill Dean, RIETS; Ms. Shuli Taubes, Faculty, SAR High School; and Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS.

Over 250 people attended the Yom Iyun in Belfer Hall on the Wilf Campus of Yeshiva University. All the shiurim were recorded and can be found on YU Torah at www.yutorah.org.

For more information about the Yom Iyun, Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon, or the Millie Arbesfeld Midreseht Yom Rishon, please visit www.kollelyomrishon.org, www.midreshetyomrishon.org or call 212-960-5400 ext. 6350.