Day of Learning Will Offer Top Scholars Addressing Issues Like #Metoo, Addiction, Politics and Law & Justice
NEW YORK – Leading rabbinic scholars, educators and Jewish communal leaders will be featured at the Orthodox Union’s (OU) second annual Torah New York on Sunday, April 29, 2018. The event, hosted by the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, is expected to draw more than 2,000 men and women to Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. for a day of Torah study and to address topics and questions facing the Jewish world today from the perspective of Jewish law and thought.
Torah New York, the largest event of its kind in North America, will feature 25 shiurim that are divided into five main categories: Tanach, Halacha, Hashkafa, Israel (in honor of its 70th birthday) and Rav Y.B. Soloveitchik, z’l (in commemoration of his 25th yahrzheit). There will be sessions appropriate for individuals of all backgrounds, from beginner to scholar and every level in between.
“Learning Torah has always defined and shaped our community, giving meaning and context to everything, from how we pray, to how we conduct our business affairs, to how we interact with our family and with society, at large,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane. “What better way to shine a beacon on the importance of Torah study than by coming together as a community to hear from some of the world’s leading Jewish teachers, all in one place.”
The blue-ribbon list of scholars teaching sessions throughout the day includes: Rabbi Hershel Schacter, Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Steinberg, Rabbi Elazar Muskin, Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon, Rabbi Eli Mansour, Mrs. Sivan Rahav Meir, Rabbi Judah Mischel and Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman. Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman will also deliver a session together with Rabbi Menachem Genack.
Topics addressed will include:
- Jewish Politics – Moral Concerns vs. National Interests
- Addictions in today’s world – Halachic & Hashkafic perspectives
- Quality of Life as a consideration in Halachic determination at the end of life
- #MeToo through the prism of Megillat Esther
- Perfecting or Transcending Humanity – a Debate in Jewish Thought
- Liberty & Justice between Pesach and Shavuos
- The convergence of Sefardi and Ashkenazi traditions in contemporary Israel
In addition to the main program, there will be an NCSY program for teenagers that will feature inspiring discussions and a Torah trivia game; a networking event for college students that will be sponsored by the OU-JLIC program; and an evening event in partnership with YUConnects for singles with a shiur by Rabbi Steven Weil, along with dinner and socializing.
“This event highlights the rich diversity of the Orthodox community,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin. “We are thrilled to welcome speakers and guests from near and far, bringing different points of view and new perspectives on the most pressing issues of our time.”
There will be FREE parking at Citi Field. Entry fee: $25 early bird pricing until March 26, $36 until April 15, then $50 through April 29. For more information about Torah New York, and to register, please visit https://www.ou.org/torahny/
About the Orthodox Union
Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, (OU), serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY and Birthright Israel/Israel Free Spirit trip organizer, and Yachad, the National Council for Jewish Disabilities, among many other divisions and programs. For more information, visit https://www.ou.org/.