Announcement: The Rav's Yarhtzeit

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Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University invite you to a special day of learning on the life and legacy of


Sunday, April 14, 2013 • 4 Iyar, 5773
Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus
500 West 185th Street, New York, NY 10033
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration required, to register please visit

Schedule of Events – Lamport Auditorium

9 – 9:30 a.m. Exhibit Viewing
Celebrating the Rav: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Rabbi Joel Schreiber – Chairman, RIETS Board of Trustees
President Richard M. Joel – President, Bravmann Family University Professor, Yeshiva University
Rabbi Julius Berman – Chairman Emeritus, RIETS Board of Trustees

9:45 – 11:30 a.m. Presentation
“Multiple Faces of the Rav”
Moderator: Rabbi Yona Reiss – Max and Marion Grill Dean, RIETS
Dr. Atarah Twersky – Former Chair of School Committee at Maimonidies School, daughter of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt”l
Rabbi Hershel Schachter – Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS
Dr. David Shatz – Faculty, Stern College for Women
Rabbi Kenneth Brander – The David Mitzner Dean, CJF

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Keynote Lecture
Mesorah and Modernity: The Role of the Rav
Rabbi Mayer Twersky – Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
Lunch option available
Please see registration page for details Remarks by Rabbi Marvin Bienenfeld, Event Chair

2 – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Session I (Choose one)

Derech Halimud of the Rav
Rabbi Hershel Schachter – Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS
Rabbi Menachem Genack – Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS

Rav Soloveitchik On Interfaith Relations: Guidelines, Limitations and Controversies
Dr. David Berger – Dean and Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Dr. David Shatz – Faculty, Stern College for Women

The Importance of the Rav’s Teachings in Modern Society
Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter – University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar, CJF

3 – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Session II (Choose one)

Prayer: Privilege and Practice
Rabbi Shalom Carmy – Assistant Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Bible, Yeshiva College
Rabbi Michael Taubes – Rosh Yeshiva and Head of School at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy -Yeshiva University High School for Boys

Relating to Non-Orthodox: Engaging the Reform and Conservative
Fabian Schonfeld – Rabbi Emeritus, Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills
Rabbi Julius Berman – Chairman Emeritus, RIETS Board of Trustees

4 p.m. Mincha

Registration required, to register go to

*Please note: Parking is available to those who register for the event online For more information about this event, please contact [email protected]

Made possible through the generous support of Rabbi Max N. Schreier and Family לזכר נשמת הרבנית טויבא בת שבתי הלוי ע”ה

A Project of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and its YU Center for the Jewish Future

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.

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  1. Yahrzeit, not Yarhtzeit

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