Announcement: Straus Center Programs

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  • “From Sodom to Nuremberg: A Conversation about Genesis, Justice and Law”: A Discussion Between Alan Dershowitz of Harvard University and Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik

    The event will take place Tuesday, November 20th, at 7PM in Weissberg Commons, Yeshiva University.
    Please RSVP to [email protected]

  • “The Merchant of Venice: A Jewish and British Reflection”: A
    discussion between Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik on Torah, law and literature

    The event will take place on Friday, November 30th at 9:30AM in
    Weissberg Commons, Yeshiva University.
    Please RSVP to [email protected]

  • The Straus Center and the Tikvah fund are co-sponsoring an upcoming summer institute, which will take place at Yale University and Yeshiva University, and is entitled God, Ethics, and American Democracy (program website: The program is open to current 11th and 12th graders. Led by Rabbi Mark Gottlieb, Tikvah’s Senior Director, the core of the Institute will be twice-daily seminars, taught by Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik (Director of Yeshiva University’s Straus Center) and Professor Gilbert Meilaender (Valparaiso University and former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics), on foundational texts and questions related to God and human nature, ethics and politics, and the most pressing moral issues of contemporary democratic life.
  • (Announce your simchah or Torah lectures by clicking on the button in the top right corner of Hirhurim. See here for readership statistics and here for instructions on buying an announcement. Please note that announcements now cost $36 each.)

    About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


    1. MiMedinat HaYam

      i realize there are scheduling issues, but friday morning??? (esp in winter?)

      and where will the chief rabbi be for that shabbat?

    2. Yaaaawwwwn….

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