Bar-Ilan University Recognizes YU Chancellor Norman Lamm’s Leadership with Honorary Degree

Dr. Norman Lamm is a well-known voice of 'centrist Orthodoxy' in the American Jewish world.

Apr 23, 2009 — Dr. Norman Lamm, chancellor of Yeshiva University and former president for 27 years, will receive an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in Israel on May 12 in recognition of his dynamic communal and spiritual leadership of Modern Orthodox Jewry in the United States. A distinguished rabbi, philosopher, teacher and author, Lamm will receive the degree at Bar-Ilan’s 54th Board of Trustees Meeting.

Lamm is a well-known voice of “centrist Orthodoxy” and a leading proponent of the “Torah Umadda” approach, which is YU’s guiding philosophy combining Torah learning with secular knowledge. Originally trained as a scientist, he maintains an interest in the interface between science and Judaism. He holds a PhD in Jewish philosophy and is a disciple of the renowned YU Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who ordained him and granted him his PhD, an unprecedented move for the head of the rabbinical seminary.

The author of ten books, Lamm has gained recognition for his writings and discourses on interpretation of Jewish philosophy and law, especially in relation to problems involving science, technology, and philosophy in the modern world. He founded Tradition, A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought and The Torah U-Madda Journal, as well as The Orthodox Forum, an international Modern Orthodox think tank. His halakhic essays are contained in his work Halakhot ve’Halikhot.

Noting that love for Israel is very strong among YU faculty and students, the Chancellor estimates that some 3,000 graduates have settled in Israel. Proud of YU’s Israel programs, he relates that annually some 650 male and female YU students study in Israel for a minimum of one year.

To learn more about Dr. Lamm or to view his numerous scholarly works, visit the Lamm Heritage Web site at

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