One Tent, Many Voices

Mitokh Ha-Ohel, A New Collection of Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion, Showcases the Diverse Range of Yeshiva University Scholarship

Yeshiva University will be publishing a collection of original essays on the weekly parashiyot [Torah portions], authored by rabbis and professors from every division of the University. The volume, entitled Mitokh Ha-Ohel, is sponsored by the Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press and scheduled for release by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem, on October 1, 2010.
Mitokh Ha-Ohel (literally “within the tent”) brings together a diverse range of scholars and rabbinic thinkers, the multifaceted voices of Yeshiva University, to elucidate and explore all of the parashiyot of the Chamishah Chumshei Torah [Five Books of Moses] from a wide range of approaches, including textual analysis, homiletic exposition,halakhic [Jewish law] analysis and academic exploration.

“At Yeshiva University, we aspire to emulate the dwellings and philosophies of our forefathers by creating our own tent through our ideology of Torah Umadda, the marriage of Torah and secular knowledge,” said Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel.

“This truly unique volume showcases the breadth and depth of the ‘tent’ of Yeshiva University,” added President Joel, “and serves as a physical embodiment of Yeshiva University’s passion for seeking nuanced wisdom through Torah from multiple sources, and sharing that wisdom with the world.”

In addition to essays from Yeshiva University affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), the anthology, with over 500 pages, includes contributions from the rabbis, professors and administrators of Yeshiva CollegeStern College for Women; Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Sctudies; Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program; Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies; James Striar School of General Jewish Studies; Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy; Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies; Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish StudiesAzrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and AdministrationBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law;Albert Einstein College of MedicineFerkauf Graduate School of PsychologyCenter for the Jewish Future; and Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute of RIETS in Jerusalem.

Mitokh Ha-Ohel—edited by Rabbi Daniel Feldman, instructor of Talmud and Jewish Studies at YU’s Stone Beit Midrash Program and Stuart Halpern, student life coordinator at YU’s Office of Student Affairs—is the first of many planned projects from the new partnership between Yeshiva University and Koren Publishers Jerusalem. In the coming months, Koren plans to release a multivolume set on topics of contemporary Jewish law authored by Yeshiva University’s roshei yeshiva, as well as a 20th anniversary edition of YU Chancellor Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm’s masterwork, Torah Umadda, with a new foreward by Rabbi Lamm and an afterword by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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