“Mind, Body and Soul” series

posted Feb 1, 2016, 4:42 AM by Eli Cohen
Yavneh is proud to announce our “Mind, Body and Soul” series, which will kick off next Shabbat, February 6th @ 9:15 at the Metropolitan Republican Club 122 East 83rd Street 


Dr. Rabbi Zev Farber
who will deliver a talk titled, 
"Do We Need to Renounce Truth and Reason to be Good Jews? 
Thoughts on the Implications of Academic Biblical Scholarship.”   

As a TABS Fellow and editor of TheTorah.com, Dr. Farber has written extensively and authoritatively on Biblical scholarship, fearlessly asserting the theory of multiple authors and editors of the Torah, even in the face of harsh criticism and calls for his excommunication from the Orthodox community. 

Dr. Farber holds an M.A. from Hebrew University in Jewish History (biblical period) and Ph.D. from Emory University in Jewish Religious Cultures.  In addition to academic training, Dr. Farber holds ordination (yoreh yoreh) and advanced ordination (yadin yadin) from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) Rabbinical School. He was a founding board member of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF) and is the editor of Yeshivat Maharat’s journal, Keren.  Dr. Farber’s edited volumes on brain death and organ donation are forthcoming from Koren.  He also writes extensively for Morethodoxy and Jewish Values Online.

Like Dr. Farber’s detractors, critics have declared that Yavneh and other partnership minyanim are “not Orthodox.” At Yavneh, our goal is to create a community where all people can come and explore their relationship with God, prayer and each other within the framework of Halakha. Does this truly put us outside the tent of Orthodoxy?  How are these boundaries determined and by whom?  What happens when the sources tell one story, but tradition another.

With this series, we seek to explore the stated boundaries of Modern Orthodoxy and what it means to be “in” or “out.”  As partnership minyanim such as Yavneh continue to offer an alternative to Orthodox Jews dissatisfied with the traditional synagogue model, Yavneh is proud to offer speakers you won’t find at your local Orthodox synagogue — but who have much to say about the mind, body, and soul of Orthodox Jews.

The series will continue with the body at our meeting on March 12th, when Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, LMSW, MPH, Ph.D. will address issues related to sexuality, sexual education and halakhah.

And on April 16, we will conclude by asking challenging questions about God and the soul with Dr. Erin Leib Smokler, director of Spiritual Development at Yeshivat Maharat, who will speak about spirituality and Modern Orthodoxy.  

We look forward to coming together as a community to delve deeply into these areas — to grow and to learn.  
Please make sure to join us on February 6 as we begin this exciting series.

Please feel free to share this information with friends, both real and virtual, and invite them to join.

For more information on Dr. Farber and Biblical Scholarship, please see: