Yeshiva University Libraries present a series of book talks by two distinguished faculty members and an accomplished alumna this spring semester 2020.

Shalom E. Holtz, Associate Dean of Yeshiva College and Professor of Bible, will speak on his new book, Praying Legally, at 2:40 PM on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Stanton Hall, room 102, 245 Lexington Avenue (Beren Campus). Hear Professor Holtz explain how, in biblical and other Near Eastern sources, prayers were formulated using courtroom or trial language. Reference Librarian Shulamis Hes will interview Professor Holtz and take questions from the audience.

In conjunction with the Seforim Sale, Moshe Sokolow, Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller Professor of Jewish Education and Associate Dean of Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, will present his new book, Reading the Rav: Exploring Religious Themes in the Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 8:00 PM in Belfer, room 430, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue (Wilf Campus). Professor Sokolow will explain what made Rabbi Soloveitchik one of the most prominent teachers of Modern Orthodox Jewry. With masterfully woven Talmudic, traditional, and modern sources,  the book offers a broad grasp of the full range of Jewish approaches to fundamental questions.

Concluding the series on Wednesday, March 25 at 2:40 PM in Stanton Hall, room 102, 245 Lexington Avenue (Beren Campus) will be children’s book author Chana Stiefel, ’90SCW, who will trace the trajectory of her career in the presentation From Stern to Scholastic: A Journey in Children’s Publishing. The author of more than 25 books for children, Chana Stiefel has written My Name is Wakawakaloch!, with illustrations by Mary Sullivan (HMH, 2019) and Daddy Depot, illustrated by Andy Snair (Feiwel & Friends, 2017). Recent non-fiction titles include Animal Zombies…& Other Real-Life Monsters (National Geographic Kids, 2018), which was selected as a Top Ten YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers in 2019. Her next picture book is Let Liberty Rise (Scholastic, 2021), the true story of how children helped build the Statue of Liberty.

Questions? Contact Zvi Erenyi.


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