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ברוכים הבאים למרכז ללימודי ישראל

Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies

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About

ברוכים הבאים למרכז ללימודי ישראל

The YU Center for Israel Studies is a bridge between America and Israel--not the Israel of cable news and slogans, but the real and vital and invigorating State of Israel. 

The YU Center for Israel Studies is a place to come together and explore the Old-New Land (Herzl’s phrase)-- Eretz Yisrael from Abraham to Zionism.

Our area studies approach to Israel, its land and peoples, builds on the strengths and interests of Yeshiva University’s rich faculty, YU Museum and the Gottesman Library to explore Israel in all of its complexities

The YU Center for Israel Studies is a proud constituent of the Judaic Studies community of Yeshiva University, Judaic Studies @ YU.

Never has our work been more important. This website presents our work and mission, our projects and successes over our thirteen year history.

Join us!

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Projects and Programs

Firmly set in the emphasis on Talmud, codes and Halakhah [Jewish law], RIETS has developed programs to meet the communal and personal needs of our time and place—for example, business ethics, bioethics, technology—with the unique ambience of intellectual and spiritual exploration that has always characterized the great academies of Jewish learning in the past.
The Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Semikha Program provides four post-college years of intensive study of Talmud, classical commentaries, Codes and Reponsa literature, supplemented by preparation for daily aspects of the rabbinate.
Our kollelim [institutes for advanced study] provide, among others, intensive courses of study for prospective teaches, rabbinic scholars, posekim [decisors of Jewish law], as well as post-rabbinic training for scholars to become future roshei yeshiva [teachers of Talmud and Torah] and those with a background in Talmud who plan to enter professions other than the rabbinate. In the Presidential Bekius Program, each semester, 20-25 blatt [pages] are selected from the masechta [tractate] that the yeshiva is learning. At the end of each semester, students may take an examination on the Gemara with Rashi or on the Gemara with both Rashi and Tosafot.

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Projects and Programs

Firmly set in the emphasis on Talmud, codes and Halakhah [Jewish law], RIETS has developed programs to meet the communal and personal needs of our time and place—for example, business ethics, bioethics, technology—with the unique ambience of intellectual and spiritual exploration that has always characterized the great academies of Jewish learning in the past.
The Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Semikha Program provides four post-college years of intensive study of Talmud, classical commentaries, Codes and Reponsa literature, supplemented by preparation for daily aspects of the rabbinate.
Our kollelim [institutes for advanced study] provide, among others, intensive courses of study for prospective teaches, rabbinic scholars, posekim [decisors of Jewish law], as well as post-rabbinic training for scholars to become future roshei yeshiva [teachers of Talmud and Torah] and those with a background in Talmud who plan to enter professions other than the rabbinate. In the Presidential Bekius Program, each semester, 20-25 blatt [pages] are selected from the masechta [tractate] that the yeshiva is learning. At the end of each semester, students may take an examination on the Gemara with Rashi or on the Gemara with both Rashi and Tosafot.

Seminar on Ancient Judaism

The Yeshiva University Seminar on Ancient Judaism convened on Tuesday, March 24 2020 in the Gottesman Library (5th floor) when Prof. Reinhard Pummer (Univ. of Ottawa) will discuss Samaritan Manuscripts, the history of Samaritanism and Judaism.  

The Seminar on Ancient Judaism gratefully acknowledges the support of the Leon Charney Legacy Fund of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, the Office of the Provost, and the Bernard Revel Graduate of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University.

Tel Aviv Review

The Tel Aviv Review @ Yeshiva University

The Tel Aviv Review is the premier podcast for in-depth, long-form interviews with scholars, writers and thinkers about their work and ideas that make up the debate in and about Israel.

Gilad Halpern, host of the Tel Aviv Review, will be on campus to record conversations with YU authors about their recent books! The interviews will be done in the context of ongoing classes at YU and will be broadcast over the coming months.

Tuesday, Feb. 25. 2020, at 1:00
In conversation with Jess Olson on Jewish Culture: A Quick Immersion 
Furst Hall 366

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at noon
In conversation with Rachel Mesch on Gender, Literature and Identity 
LOCATION: Revel Lounge, 3rd Floor, Furst Hall

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020-- Event 1
A conversation with journalists Sivan Rahav-Meir and Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt on Media and Religion: Israel and the Diaspora
LOCATION: Beren Campus, 215 Lexington, Gottesman Boardroom, at 10:30 a.m.
The 2020 Joseph and Faye Glatt Program on Israel and the Rule of Law

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020--Event 2
A roundtable with authors Joseph Angel, Steven Fine, Jess Olson and Ronnie Perelis on Jewish Religious Architecture 
Revel Lounge, 3rd Floor, Furst Hall, at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020--Event 3
In conversation with Ronnie Perelis on Narratives from the Sephardic Atlantic
Revel Lounge, 3rd Floor, Furst Hall, at 7 p.m.

A partnership of the YU Center for Israel Studies and the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Program for International Affairs 

International Conference

Philistines!
Rehabilitating a Biblical Foe

Sunday, November 17, 2019
Yeshiva University Museum
15 West 16th St, NYC - 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Co-sponsored by the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.


Led by Dr. Jill Katz (Sociology and Archaeology), we will again  participate in the archaeological excavations at biblical Gath. Our students will join an international team organized by Bar-Ilan University. 

The Leon Charney Fellowship for Archaeological Research is available to YU undergraduate and graduate students on a competitive basis. Fellowships are made possible by the Leon Charney Legacy Fund of the Center for Israel Studies.  Contact Dr. Katz for details.

The CIS is offering supplementary funding for YU faculty, professional staff, CIS Charney Fellows and graduate students who plan to present papers at the Association for Israel Studies conference at Kinneret College, June 24-26.  

With thanks to the Leon Charney Legacy Fund of the CIS, we will provide $1500-2000 (depending on need and availability of funds), beyond regular funding provided by your department or another source.  

In addition, we are planning a full day excursion to visit sites of mutual interest in the Kinneret region, and you are invited to join our YU student excavators at biblical Gath while in Israel.  All who will be in Israel are welcome to join our fieldtrip.  More specifics anon.


YU Receives $1M Gift for Program on “Israel and the Rule of Law”

Bequest From Dr. Joseph and Faye Glatt Estate Will Support Innovative Programming at Center for Israel Studies

Yeshiva University has received a bequest of $1 million from the Dr. Joseph and Faye Glatt Estate to create a new program housed in the Center for Israel Studies (CIS), titled The Joseph and Faye Glatt Program on “Israel and the Rule of Law.” 

CIS publications express the richness of our conferences and YU scholarship.

2019:

Aaron Koller and Daniel Tsadik, eds., Iranians and Jews (Wipf and Stock, 2019)
Steven Fine, ed. Jewish Religious Architecture:  From Biblical Israel to Modern Judaism (Brill, 2019)

Forthcoming in our new series with Wipf and Stock publishers
Jeffrey Saks and Shalom Carmy, Agnon's Tales of the Land of Israel (2019)
Joshua Karlip, World War I and the Jews
Shana Schick, Land and Spirituality in Rabbinic Literature
Jill Katz, The Philistines (provisional Title)

Forthcoming with Penn State Press
The Arch of Titus: From Jerusalem to Rome and Back, eds. S. FIne. J. Wisse, with YU Museum, forthcoming in 2020
The Samaritans: A Biblical People, ed. S. Fine, with YU Museum, forthcoming in 2021

Forthcoming with Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Steven Fine, מעשה ידי אומן: יהדות ואומנות בימי רומא וביזנטיון (=The Work of a Master Craftsman: Judaism and Art in Late Antiquity), tr. Ronela Merdler, forthcoming in 2019.  

Publications

The newest publication of the CIS, based upon our 2011 conference:

Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antique Palestine brings together an international community of historians, literature scholars and archaeologists to explorehow the integrated study of rabbinic texts and archaeology increases our understanding of both types of evidence, and of the complex culture which they together reflect. This volume reflects a growing consensus that rabbinic culture was an “embodied” culture, presenting a series of case studies that demonstrate the value of archaeology for the contextualization of rabbinic literature. It steers away from later twentieth-century trends, particularly in North America, that stressed disjunction between archaeology and rabbinic literature, and seeks a more holistic approach.


Jewish and Iranian Studies in Honor of Yaakov Elman
Jewish and Iranian Studies in Honor of Yaakov Elman

Shoshannat Yaakov honors Yaakov Elman, Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University, and celebrates Elman’s contributions to a broad range of disciplines within Jewish and Iranian studies. The fruits of Elman’s seminal project of bringing together of scholars of Iranian studies and Talmud in ways that have transformed both disciplines, are well represented in this volume, together with scholarship that ranges from Second Temple Judaism to Late Antique Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Samaritanism and Christianity.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah
The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah

The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah brings together an interdisciplinary and broad-ranging international community of scholars to discuss aspects of the history and continued life of the Jerusalem Temple in Western culture, from biblical times to the present. 

This volume is the fruit of the inaugural conference of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, which convened in New York City on May 11-12, 2008 and honors Professor Louis H. Feldman, Abraham Wouk Family Professor of Classics and Literature at Yeshiva University. Feldman is the doyen of modern scholarship on Judaism in the Greco-Roman period, focusing on the writings of Flavius Josephus. A beloved mentor to generations of Yeshiva University students and of scholars across the globe, Professor Feldman has taught at YU since 1955. 

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