Study the Torah with Academic Scholarship

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Personal Reflection

Torah Thoughts, Rabbinic Mind, and Academic Freedom

Prof.

Zev Garber

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On Becoming a Critical Torah Scholar

Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler

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My Name Is Yoel, I Am a Satmar Hasid and a Bible Critic

Sharing his religious journey into biblical scholarship, a young married Hasidic man challenges the Modern Orthodox world to lead where his community cannot. 

Yoel S.

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Experiencing Moments of Torah Mi-Sinai

A Personal Reflection

Dr.

Michael Carasik

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Conclusion: Fathers and Fables

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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The Dogma of Torah Mi-Sinai: My Personal Struggle with Unreasonable Belief

Prof.

Solomon Schimmel

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Knowing My Beloved: Rebuilding My Path to Torah with Critical Scholarship

My relationship with Torah began with the romance of mysticism but then gave way to skepticism and disillusionment. To my surprise, it was academic scholarship of the Torah that brought back the spark and helped foster a deeper, more mature relationship.

David Bar-Cohn

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Introduction: Torah, History and Judaism

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Teaching Biblical Scholarship in a Modern Orthodox High School

The personal and educational challenges I faced teaching an introductory course on biblical scholarship to Modern Orthodox high school seniors: What I learned, what my students took home, and some suggestions on how to move forward.

Sara Susswein Tesler

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Cracks in the Edifice: A Personal Reflection

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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My Encounter with the Firmament

The Torah describes God’s fashioning the firmament (רקיע) on the second day of creation. This piece of the universe, however, doesn’t actually exist—a problem obfuscated in my yeshiva education.

Oren Fass M.D.

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