Pro­fes­sors on the Parashah: Stud­ies on the Week­ly Torah Reading

Leib Moscovitz, ed.
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By – July 16, 2012

These stud­ies on the week­ly Torah read­ing by mem­bers of the fac­ul­ty of Bar- Ilan Uni­ver­si­ty blend Torah schol­ar­ship and knowl­edge of tra­di­tion­al sources with exper­tise in the sci­ences and human­i­ties. Pro­fes­sors on the Parashah offers fresh insights into the week­ly Torah read­ings in light of diverse aca­d­e­m­ic dis­ci­plines, and syn­the­sizes the sacred with the sec­u­lar and the spir­i­tu­al with the scientific. 

Insight­ful read­ings include Moshe Kaveh’s Faith and Sci­ence in the Third Mil­len­ni­um,” David Henshke’s The Mag­ic of Bless­ings,” Rachel Lifshitz’s The Priest­hood — Priv­i­lege and Oblig­a­tion,” Yosef Ofer’s A Woman Courts a Man,” Han­nah Kasher’s On Con­tro­ver­sy,” Itmar Wahrhaftig’s How Many Arks Were There?,” Yael Shemesh’s Ecol­o­gy in the Torah,” and many others. 

Pro­fes­sors on the Parasha is the third vol­ume in a series. The first two vol­umes were pub­lished by Bar-Ilan Uni­ver­si­ty as A Divine­ly Giv­en Torah in Our Day and Age, Vol. 1 (1988), edit­ed by Joshua Schwartz and A Divine­ly Giv­en Torah in Our Day and Age, Vol. 2 (2002), edit­ed by Aryeh A. Frimer. The Bar-Ilan Parashat Ha-Shavua series is a joint project of Bar-Ilan’s Fac­ul­ty of Jew­ish Stud­ies, the Paul and Helene Shul­man Cen­ter for Basic Jew­ish Stud­ies, and the Office of the Cam­pus Rabbi. 

This will be of inter­est for lay­men and schol­ars, rab­bis and scientists.

David Levy (B.A. Haver­ford Col­lege, MLS UMCP, Ph.D. Bal­ti­more Hebrew Uni­ver­si­ty) cur­rent­ly serves as the librar­i­an at TC. LCW. David has pub­lished over 1,800 book reviews and var­i­ous papers in Judaica library sci­ence includ­ing, most recent­ly, Halakhic Eth­i­cal Issues of the Online Envi­ron­ment” (AJL, 2011, Mon­tre­al) and Teach­ing Judaica Library Sci­ence” (AJL, 2010 Seattle).

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