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Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024

Friday night: Romemu, 165 W. 105th Street, New York, NY 10025

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Saturday, February 16


Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue
A look at the California Juvenile Justice system, and how the Advot project uses Jewish values and the arts to heal, empower, and take action.

Note: This session will be repeated on Sunday morning.

Naomi Ackerman's participation was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation.

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Naomi Ackerman

Naomi Ackerman, the founder and executive director of The Advot Project is an experienced actress, consultant and facilitator creating curricula that use drama techniques to deal with social, gender, and educational issues as well as exploring identity and promoting tolerance and... Read More →

Saturday February 16, 2019 9:40pm - 10:40pm
Room 9 & 10 (5th Floor)
Sunday, February 17


The Talmudic Story of Shimon b. Shetah and King Yannai: Rabbinic Perspectives on Judicial and Executive Conflict
The Talmud recounts a conflict between Shimon b. Shetah, a leading rabbinic judge, and King Yannai of the Hasmonean dynasty (Sanhedrin 19a-b). The story, which ends in disaster, relates to key questions of political philosophy, including the importance of an independent judiciary, the separation of powers, and interpretive authority. The story is surprisingly relevant to political tensions between the executive and judicial authority we witness today.

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Jeffrey Rubenstein

Jeffrey L. Rubenstein is the Skirball Professor of Talmud in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies of NYU. He received his B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College, his M.A. in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also received rabbinic ordination, and his Ph.D... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 5 (5th Floor)


The Queen and the Spymaster: Uncovering the Hidden Story of Purim
There are gaps in the Esther narrative and we have many questions. What happened to Vashti? Did she escape the royal hangman? What was the pur that Haman consulted? What was the relationship between Esther and Mordechai? Join us for a conversation between intellectual historian Aaron Koller and award winning author Sandra E. Rapoport as they discuss Sandra's new book, The Queen and the Spymaster, a historical novel based on the Scroll of Esther.

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Aaron Koller

Aaron Koller is associate professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he is chair of the Robert M. Beren Department of Jewish Studies, and also Core Faculty and Coordinator of Adult Educational Programming at Drisha. His books include Esther in Ancient Jewish Thou... Read More →
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Sandra E. Rapoport

Sandra E. Rapoport is an attorney, Bible teacher and award-winning author. Sandra was Resident Scholar at Harvard University in Law and Bible, and her third book, Biblical Seductions, won a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist prize. Sandra has taught Bible at the Drisha Institute... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 11 (5th Floor)


Lying Rabbis: Between Policy and Integrity
We will explore a Talmudic passage that seems to endorse rabbinic dissembling and prevarication in order to achieve desired policy outcomes. As fascinating as the Talmudic passage is, so are the medieval responses to it. We will consider how the different models offered can help us reflect on leadership and responsibility more broadly.

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Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar. Ethan was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and serves on the board of the H... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 7 (5th Floor)


Torah Lishmah: When Less is More
While all Torah learning is considered valuable, why does Torah Lishmah, study for its own sake hold pride of place in Jewish thought? In a creative reading of the story of Sarah and Hagar, the great Hasidic master and grandson of the Ba'al Shem Tov, the Degel Mahaneh Ephraim, reflects on the tension between quantity and quality in the quest for Torah learning. He exposes the dangers of learning Torah for the wrong reasons and offers strategies for removing our egos from our quests for spiritual growth.

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Dena Weiss

Dena Weiss is the Rosh Beit Midrash at Hadar, an institution for higher Jewish learning based in NYC, where she teaches Talmud, Midrash, and Hasidut. Dena earned her BA in Religious Studies from NYU and a MA in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She has also studied at Midreshet... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 7 (5th Floor)