Theodor Herzl died on July 3, 1904, and was buried in Vienna. He wrote in his will that he should be buried next to his father in Vienna “until the day when the Jewish people transfer my remains to Palestine”. His wish was fulfilled 70 years ago, when he was reburied on Mount Herzl on August 17, 1949. This month, in lieu of a responsum, I am republishing my article “Moses and Herzl” which originally appeared in Conservative Judaism 47/1 (Fall 1994), pp. 39-49 and in revised form in my book Insight Israel: The View from Schechter, second series, Jerusalem, 2006, pp. 151-166. Yehi zikhro barukh! May Herzl’s vision and memory continue to inspire us! DG
On May 23rd Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes, received an honorary doctorate at The Jewish Theological Seminary’s 125th commencement exercises. The honor recognized his work championing “Conservative Judaism in North America and Israel, making invaluable contributions to the understanding and development of Jewish law.” Read Rabbi Prof. Golinkin’s speech and see photos from the ceremony.
As Israel celebrates its 71st birthday, some of Schechter’s faculty share what “Israeliness” means to them. May Israel go from strength to strength!
As we mourn the victims in The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Rabbi Ilana Foss shares her perspective on our moral obligation in tragedy’s wake.
The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary is pleased to invite you to the annual Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) study evening in memory of Dr. Aubey Rotenberg that will take place on Monday | September 11, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
In recognition of the work of Professor Eliezer Schweid, an outstanding researcher and lecturer on Jewish thought, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies is honored to host a festive symposium.
The High Holidays are a time of transition from one Jewish year to the next. During the week of September 12, 2016, the Schechter Institutes celebrated a number of milestones and transitions. The following is an edited version of my remarks on September 13th.
From the story of a life on its last journey, from words of family members gathered around the grave, rises terrible pain but also a great light. Notes from Mt. Herzl
An awful crime was committed. That is a fact. It does not matter where you stand politically. It matters only where you stand morally. Violence was used to silence a voice that offended some people. That is not acceptable, and it is fitting and proper to dedicate a day in which we make that statement clearly to ourselves and to each other.
Why do some have to resort to violence as part of an argument? What can be done about that?
Can the critical study of the Bible in the academic world be seen to have a clear Jewish aspect which distinguishes it from the work of Catholic and Protestant colleagues? While the issue has been pursued from a number of perspectives,[note]A fuller discussion of the issue can be found in S.D. Sperling,Students of the Covenant, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992), pp. 1-13, and in the references cited there. Moshe Greenberg expressed himself briefly on the subject in the prologue to his collected essays Studies in the Bible and Jewish Thought(Philadelphia: JPS, 1995) pp. 3-8.[/note] there is no clear consensus which is based primarily on the content and method of that scholarship. But there is no doubt whatsoever that Professors Moshe Greenberg and Jacob Milgrom, both of whom passed away during the past month, represented some of the best examples of Jewish critical biblical scholarship.