Audio Roundup Special: Ma’ayanot Annual Day of Big Ideas 2018

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by Joel Rich


Keynote Address by Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman
        Meiri et al on charging interest to concentric circles of relationships and how YU (and Mayanot) are well placed to show the way on such relationships in the modern era.
Mrs. Dena Block-Lessons from the Gemara and Martin Luther King, Jr.
        In “Letters from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King set out a defense of his civil disobedience.  How would Halacha view his actions?
Mrs. Esther Slomnicki-Exploring the Possibilities of Gene Editing
        A history of gene editing up through CRISPR and gene line editing, primarily from a technical (not halachic) standpoint.
Mrs. Ariella Rosenbaum-Einstein’s Relativity: Simplified… Relatively
        A review of Einstein’s whole space/time continuum thing (me – it’s all about perspective!)
Mrs. Emma Horowitz-From Trial by Ordeal to Trial by Twitter
        A review of the history of jurisprudence and innocent until proven guilty, starting from trial by ordeal through the whole Justice Kavanaugh thing.
Mrs. Gila Stein-The Science Behind the Dangers of Smoking and Vaping
        Smoking is an addiction, vaping contains many of the same ingredients.
Mrs. Tamar Appel-American Jewish Immigration Stories
        The immigrant experience is viewed through the literature of the times.  The local culture was a challenge to previous norms and at the same time resisted integration.  Uptown and downtown Jews were quite different.
Mrs. Bailey Braun-The Letters of Emily Dickinson as an Invitation to Spiritual Exploration
Learning poetry or Tanach requires an emotional read (not just analytics).  Emily Dickinson and Yaakov’s story are used as a demonstration.
Mrs. Gila Guzman-How Food Has Shaped Humanity
        Food technology, and diet,  change over time—we need to take back our food destiny for health reasons.

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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