A Torah Giant: The Intellectual Legacy of Rabbi Dr. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg

A Torah Giant: The Intellectual Legacy of Rabbi Dr. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg


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Discover the breadth of wisdom provided by this generation’s giant of Torah: Rabbi Irving “Yitz" Greenberg. Rabbi Yitz is one of the most renowned leaders in contemporary Jewish communal life. His dedication to foster a more interconnected and vibrant Judaism has been felt across the academic and broader world. In this new work, the legacy of Rabbi Yitz is discussed at length by those who have been affected by his inclusive model of contemporary Judaism, his approachable erudition, commitment to fostering meaningful interfaith dialogue, and constant striving to make the world a more just place. These intellectual progenies divulge the lasting impact Rabbi Yitz has had on their lives and the lives of people around the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789655242713
Publisher: Urim Publications
Publication date: 01/25/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, and Founder & CEO of Shamayim V’Aretz. As a global social justice educator, Rav Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and staffed missions across five continents. He was named one of "The Most Inspiring Rabbis in America" by The Forward, and by Newsweek as one of the "Top 50 Rabbis in America." Shmuly, his wife Shoshana, and their children live in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rabbi Avi Weiss is founding rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – the Bayit, Bronx, New York, and founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Yeshivat Maharat. He is also co-founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF) and PORAT: People for Orthodox Renaissance And Torah. Joseph Telushkin is a rabbi, scholar, and bestselling author of eighteen books. His book Jewish Literacy is the widest-selling work on the topic of Judaism. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rabbi Avi Weiss 9

Introduction - Yitz Greenberg: An Appreciation Rabbi Joseph Telushkin 13

Preface Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz 19

Personal Tributes

1 Wisdom from the Gentle Giant Dr. Erica Brown 25

2 One Shavuot Night: Rav Yitz's "Prism of Life" Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber 33

3 Meeting Yitz Greenberg: A Fifty Year Memoire Rabbi Daniel Landes 37

Building Bridges

4 Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Christian-Jewish Relations, and Halakhah: A Brief Overview Rabbi Dr. Dov S. Zakheim 45

5 Idolatry and the Covenantal Pluralism of Irving Greenberg Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn 59

6 Genius Theologian, Lonely Theologian: Yitz Greenberg on Christianity Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein 71

7 Between Soloveitchik, Greenberg and Meir: The Evolution of Interfaith Thought Tanya White 93

8 Uniting a People in Diversity: The Thread of Tolerance in Our Rabbinic Tradition Rosh Kehillah Dina Najman 113

New Intellectual Paradigms

9 Rebuilding the Covenant Through Self Obligation: Rabeinu Tarn and Saying the Blessing on Hallel on Israel Independence Day Rabbi Asher Lopatin 135

10 Visions of the Secular and the Impact of Rabbi Yitz Greenberg's Vision Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger 143

11 Living the Jewish Way: The Lofty Dreams of Rabbi Yitz Greenberg's Judaism Professor Arna Poupko Fisher 154

12 For and Against: A Consideration of David Hartman and Jonathan Sacks in Relation to Irving Greenberg Rabbi Dr. Darren Kleinberg 169


13 The Ethical Implications of a Tzelem Elokim Theology Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz 185

14 Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and a Postmodern Mussar Rabbi David Jaffe 191

Modern Orthodoxy & Halakhah

15 Needed: Redemptive Halakhah - How Halakhah Must Transcend Itself Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo 215

16 Halakhah as an Ethic of Power: Yitz Greenberg and the War in Vietnam Rabbi Dr. Joshua Feigelson 236

17 Four Modern Orthodox Outliers: Yitz Greenberg and His Contemporaries Dr. Steven Bayme 257

18 Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and American Orthodoxy: The Crisis of 1966-67 Dr. Lawrence Grossman 279

19 From Prostitution to Marriage and Back Again: An Interpersonal Sexual Ethic from Rabbinic Sources Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld 295

From Rav Yitz

20 The Journey To Pluralism: A Modern Orthodox Narrative and Plea Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg 311

Contributors 343

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