Dr. J. David Bleich,
Herbert andFlorence Tenzer Professor of JewishLaw and Ethics, CSL, authored“Clergy Privilege and ConscientiousObjection to the Privilege,”
Law and Religion: Current Legal Issues,
vol. 4, “Genetic Engineering,”
September 2001, and“Use of Surveillance Systems onShabbat, Use of Contact Lenses onShabbat,”
. Also, he was ascholar in residence at Cong. EtzChaim, Livingston, NJ.
Dr. Louis Feldman,
Abraham WoukFamily Professor of Classics and Lit-erature, wrote articles that ap-peared in
The Cambridge History of Judaism; Jewish Quarterly Review; Reinterpreting Revelation and Tradition: Jews and Christians in Conversation; Where We Stand: Issues and Debates in Ancient Judaism; Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation;
Biblical Arch- aeology Review.
He delivered lec-tures at the Colloquium on theAntiquities of Flavius Josephus; theSorbonne in Paris; and the Societyof Biblical Literature, Denver.
Cantor Sherwood Gofﬁn,
coordi-nator of outreach programs, BSJM,lectured at Young Israel of Hollis-woodon “The Music of Duchenen.”He lectured at Young Israel ofWoodmere on “The Missinai Tunes—The Sacred Melodies of the YomimNoroim.”
Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock,
Libby M.Klaperman Professor of Jewish His-tory, participated in a conference tocelebrate the inauguration of theCenter for Jewish History as a majorresource in Jewish studies. He spokeon “American Jewish History: Per-sonal and Professional Reﬂectionson a Discipline’s Path TowardsScholarly Acceptance.”
Dr. Meir Havazelet,
professor ofBible, published “Unknown Cus-toms of Hospitality and Protec-tion,”
Saadia’s Commentary and Yemenite Midrashim, Bait Mikrah,August 1962.
He authored “TheYemenite Midrashim as Historicaland Cultural Source,”
Hebrew Lan- guage and Jewish Studies,
Jerusalem,2000. Dr. Havazelet is an editorialmember of Tema World Center ofYemenite Scholarship.
Rabbi Robert S. Hirt,
assistant tothe president, RIETS, has beenappointed vice chairman, Conti-nental Council for Day School Edu-cation, being launched by theUnited Jewish Communities andthe Jewish Educational Service ofNorth America (JESNA). He spoke atthe General Assembly of the UnitedJewish Communities in Novemberon “Visions of Judaism in the21st/58th Century—Where are WeHeaded?”
Dr. Norman Lamm,
YU president,delivered the Harav Lord JakobovitsAnnual Memorial Lecture lastNovember at the Hendon UnitedSynagogue in London. He spoke on“Jewish Leadership in Times ofCrisis: Duties and Dilemmas.” Also,he led a session of world religiousleaders at the World EconomicForum, the elite gathering recentlyheld in NYC. The religious leaderswere charged with developing rec-ommendations of religious contri-butions to setting priorities for theglobalization agenda.
Dr. Michelle Levine,
assistant pro-fessor of Bible, participated in theAnnual Association for Jewish Stu-dies Conference, Washington, D.C.,where she presented a paper, “TheInner World of Biblical CharacterExplored in Nahmanides’ Com-mentary on Genesis.”
Prof. Edith Lubetski,
SCW headlibrarian, presided over a session onthe Pentateuch at the Society ofBiblical Literature 2001 Interna-tional Meeting.
WSSW assistantprofessor, was interviewed by BBCRadio about a Sixth Circuit Court ofAppeals ruling in the case ofWilkinson v. Flagner. Prison ofﬁcialscut off a prisoner’s beard despite hisprotests of First Amendment reli-gious protection, and the Courtruled that he has the right to sue.
Dr. David A. Rettinger,
assistantprofessor of psychology, was amember of a five-psychologistresearch team from across the USthat tested 167 participants on avariety of tasks to discern the rela-tionships among spatial abilities,visuospatial working memory, andexecutive functioning. Their resultsappeared in the December issue ofthe
Journal of Experimental Psy- chology—General,
published by theAmerican Psychological Association.
Rabbi Bernard Rosensweig,
ad- junct professor of Jewish history,delivered a paper at the 13th WorldCongress for Jewish Studies in Jeru-salem on “The Moral Status of theJews in Ashkenaz in the Aftermathof the Black Death.” He wrote thehistorical introduction to the schol-arly edition of the
Responsa of Rabbi Jacob Weil,
published by MachonJerusalem in Jerusalem. He wasscholar-in-residence at the Homo-wack Hotel in Spring Glen, NY, dur-ing Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot.
Dr. Alvin I. Schiff,
Irving I. StoneDistinguished Professor of JewishEducation, AGS, spoke on “Biblicaland Exegetical Insights into Ancientand Modern Travel.” He also lec-tured on “Educational Implicationsof the Reactions to the Twin TowerTragedy,” Cong. Torah Ohr, Boca Raton.
Prof. Peninnah Schram,
associateprofessor of speech and drama,presented a talk on “The JewishOral Tradition and RhetoricalTheory,” Florida Atlantic University,Boca Raton.
Rabbi Moses D. Tendler,
RabbiIsaac and Bella Tendler Professor ofJewish Medical Ethics, spoke on“Bioterrorism: Anthrax is Not theReal Assassin” in November.
Dr. Manfred Weidhorn,
AbrahamS. and Irene Guterman Professor ofEnglish Literature, authored “AnEarly Modern ‘Failure of Nerve’,”
Colloquium: Essays in Literature and Belief;
“The Great Paradigm Shift,”
Journal of Thought,
fall 2001; and“Landmines of the Mind,”
Michigan Quarterly Review,
Dr. Walter S. Wurzburger,
adjunctprofessor of philosophy, was schol-ar-in-residence at Cong. ShaarHashomayim, Montreal. He lec-tured on “What is Unique in JewishEthics?—Particularism or Universal-ism?” and on “Is There a Problemof Evil?”
Dr. Joshua Zimmerman,
occupant,Eli and Diana Zborowski Profes-sional Chair in InterdisciplinaryHolocaust Studies, BRGS, presenteda reading of his chapter, “TheAttitude of the Bund to PolishIndependence, 1897–1905,” at theCenter for Jewish History. The eventwas sponsored by the Yivo Instituteas part of a book party in honor ofthe publication
Jewish Politics in Eastern Europe: The Bund at 100.
CSL Board of Directors ChairmanEarle I. Mack announced that fellowBoard member
Eric M. Javits
hasassumed his duties as ambassa-dor and US representative tothe Disarmament Conference inGeneva. He was appointed byPresident Bush.In December, 49
Marsha SternTalmudical Academy students
traveled to Washington, D.C. aspart of their senior seminar coursefor a weekend that focused on
(unity). The high school stu-dents visited the Senate where theymet with NY Senator HillaryClinton, Israel’s Embassy, the US
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n December, YeshivaCollege alumnus Dr.Ephraim Kanarfogel re-ceived the YC Alumni Assoc-iation Samuel Belkin LiteraryAward for his second book,
Peering Through the Lattices: Mystical, Magical and Pietistic Dimensions in the Tosafist Period.
A widely recognized auth-ority in the areas of medievalintellectual history and rab-binic literature, he is the E.Billi Ivry Professor of JewishStudies and chairman of theRebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies at Stern Collegefor Women. In 1992 he re-ceived the award for his ﬁrstbook,
Jewish Education and Society in the High Middle Ages,
and is the only author thus farto receive the honor twice.At the annual Yeshiva Un-iversity Alumni Awards Cere-mony, held at GeraldineSchottenstein Cultural Centerat the Midtown Campus, Dr.Kanarfogel noted wryly thathe has spent his entire adultand professional life at YeshivaUniversity. He also noted—seriously—that he believes abook like his could only havebeen written by a YeshivaCollege or Stern College forWomen graduate.“Having studied at Yeshivawith my rebbeim and teachersin all ﬁelds, it became clear tome” that one should “expectthe unexpected” when itcomes to people at YU, hesaid. “Though they were im-mersed in Torah study, theyoften had interests that werevery different.”His book demonstrates thatmany
(legal experts inthe Middle Ages) were in-volved in mystical and magi-cal doctrines.Other YC awardees wereSam Hartstein ’43, for Pro-fessional Achievement; RabbiChaim Brovender ’62, forReligion and Religious Ed-ucation; and Rabbi YechielEckstein ’73, for CommunityService Leadership.SCW Samuel Belkin Mem-orial Award recipients wereElisheva Benovitz Kaminetsky’91, for Jewish Education;Barbara Cooper Radinsky ’65,for Community Relations; andDr. Jessica Wernick Grant ’62S,for professional achievement.Judith Krotki Putterman,’71, received the NormanLamm Business LeadershipAward from Sy Syms School of Business.
Dr. Kanarfogel amongalumni awardees
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