Study the Torah with Academic Scholarship

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Torah Study

On the Relationship between Academic and Traditional Torah Study

Dr. Rabbi

Avital Hochstein

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Why Are Laws for Priests Included in the Torah?

The Torah's program to democratize knowledge and create an educated laity.

Prof. Rabbi

Jeffrey Tigay

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The Origins of Torah Study

A Post-Destruction model of Jewish Identity: Reading and studying Torah as if our life depended on it.

Prof.

Jacob L. Wright

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The Cycle of Life and Torah: Accepting Our Mortality

Dr.

Moshe Lavee

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Seeking Torah, Seeking God: Psalm 119

Prof.

Shalom E. Holtz

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Whose Torah Do We Celebrate on Shavuot?

Rabbi

David D. Steinberg

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Experiencing Moments of Torah Mi-Sinai

A Personal Reflection

Dr.

Michael Carasik

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Why Now? Toward a Sociology of Knowledge Analysis of TheTorah.com

An analysis of why the approach taken by TheTorah.com has found such a large audience among the Orthodox at this time.

Prof.

Chaim I. Waxman

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Conclusion: Fathers and Fables

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Deriving Truths through Honest Inquiry and Torah Study

Prof.

Zvi Zohar

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Traditional Torah Study versus Scientific Analysis

How do they differ? What are their respective goals? And why the two should not be confused.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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A Precariously Fragile Torah

Moses and R. Judah HaNasi implore: “I would be most grateful if you would maintain the Torah after me.”

Prof.

Steven Fraade

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Nittel Nacht: An Inverted Christmas with Toledot Yeshu

How Jews responded to the celebration of Jesus' birth by creating a cynical version of Christmas Eve lampooning him.

Shai Alleson-Gerberg

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Lernen, Davenen, and Identifying Orthodox

Lernen versus learning, davenen versus prayer: an ethnographic analysis of how Orthodox Jews define themselves.

Prof.

Samuel Heilman

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Torah Study Is Essential for Ensuring Observance

To uphold the covenant, Deuteronomy requires two forms of torah study: Learning the commandments and learning the reasons for keeping them. But what happens if even that fails?

Dr.

Baruch Alster

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Meeting the Challenge of Critical Scholarship with Leviticus

Dr. Rabbi

Irving (Yitz) Greenberg

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A King Who Reads Torah: What Was Kingship Like in the ANE?

Deuteronomy envisions a king constantly reading torah and limiting his wealth and resources. Is this how kings are described in the rest of the Bible?

Dr.

Cynthia Edenburg

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