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Sunday, February 14


Reading the Chofetz Chayim on the Torah
While many know of the Chofetz Chayim for his work on mitzvot and careful speech, fewer have focused on his commentary to the Torah. We will read sections of his commentary together, focusing on his ethical reading of text, understanding the commentary as a reflection of his time, and appreciating the important mussar (instruction) in his words. English translations of texts will be provided.

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Ora Horn Prouser

Executive VP and Academic Dean, Academy for Jewish Religion
Ora Horn Prouser is the CEO and Academic Dean at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial and graduate school in Yonkers, New York. She received her BA and PhD from The Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as a BA from Columbia University. She has published... Read More →

Sunday February 14, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Monday, February 15


Faith in Sinai
A number of medieval Jewish philosophers tried to prove that there was a revelation at Sinai. Together, we'll explore those arguments, critically, and discover their strengths and their weaknesses. In the wake of this investigation, learn an argument that doesn't justify belief in all that much, but it might justify a certain sort of faith, in a certain sort of something!


Sam Lebens

Samuel Lebens holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of London, and Orthodox Rabbinic Ordination after spending a number of years in various Israeli Rabbinical Schools. These days he teaches philosophy at Rutgers University and teaches all sorts of Jewish texts and topics at... Read More →

Monday February 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm