Rabbi Yona Reiss and Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein To Speak at Annual NYC-Jerusalem Kinus Teshuva Lecture Series

Sep 11, 2008 — Rabbi Yona Reiss and Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein will be the featured speakers at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary’s (RIETS) 24th Annual Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva lectures. Both lectures, given between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, will take place in New York City and Jerusalem on Monday, October 6 at 8 pm. The lecture series is run by Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future.

Rabbi Yona Reiss, the newly appointed Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, will deliver a lecture entitled, “Teshuva as Liberation: The Joy of Being Only Human” at Weissberg Commons in Belfer Hall on YU’s Wilf Campus, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY. Rabbi Reiss’ address will be broadcast live over the internet at www.yu.edu/torah. There will be a special introduction by Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, RIETS dean emeritus and special advisor to the President on Yeshiva affairs.

Rabbi Lichtenstein, the Rabbi Henoch and Sarah D. Berman Professor of Talmud and Rosh Kollel and director of the Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, will discuss “Humility and Pride in the Context of Teshuva” at 40 Duvdevani Street, Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem.

Rabbi Lichtenstein, the son-in-law of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, holds a doctoral degree in English from Harvard University and served on the faculty of YU before making aliya in 1971. Currently, he serves as co-rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut, Israel.

Rabbi Reiss is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Law Journal, and is the former director of the Beth Din of America, the largest rabbinical court in the United States.

The Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva lecture series was established by philanthropist Judy Hausman and the late Gerson Hausman, supporters of YU and RIETS, to honor the memory of Elias J. and Mary Stern and Moshe and Chava Hausman.

Light refreshments will be served at both events. For more information on the lectures, parking, or directions please contact lectures@yu.edu or call 212-960-5263.

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