Touro College Publishes Volume Two of Festschrift in Honor of Founder and President Dr. Bernard Lander

Date: September 05, 2008
Dr. Michael A. Shmidman, Dean and Victor J. Selmanowitz professor of Jewish history at Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies and editor of recently-published Festschrift entitled:
Dr. Michael A. Shmidman, Dean and Victor J. Selmanowitz professor of Jewish history at Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies and editor of recently-published Festschrift entitled: "TURIM: Studies in Jewish History and Literature Presented to Dr. Bernard Lander."
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Second of Two Volumes Focuses upon Medieval and Modern Jewish History, Philosophy and Literature.

New York, N.Y. - A new volume of scholarly essays in Jewish studies written by distinguished academicians has been published in honor of Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College. The 432 page volume, the second of two that together comprise this Festschrift, is entitled: "TURIM: Studies in Jewish History and Literature Presented to Dr. Bernard Lander." The first volume, which was highly-acclaimed, was published in April 2007. Both volumes were edited by Dr. Michael A. Shmidman, Dean and Victor J. Selmanowitz professor of Jewish history at Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies. "Readers of TURIM," said Dr. Shmidman, "will discover original interpretations, novel theses, and previously unpublished documents in the areas of medieval and modern Jewish history and literature." Contributors to volume two, and their subjects, include:

  • Dr. Genrich Agranovsky, senior researcher, Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum in Lithuania, and Dr. Sid Z. Leiman, professor of Jewish history and literature, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and visiting professor of Bible, Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University, on "Three Lists of Students Studying at the Volozhin Yeshiva in 1879";
  • Dr. Natalia Aleksiun, assistant professor of Jewish history, Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies, on "Molding the Liberal Jewish Intelligentsia in Interwar Poland: Miesiecznik Zydowski ("The Jewish Monthly") and Its Audience";
  • Haya Ben-Shalom, Ph.D. student, Bar-Ilan University; instructor, Michlalah – Jerusalem College, on "The Exegetical Methodology of R. Menahem ben Shelomo in "Sekhel Tov";
  • Dr. Miriam Bodian, professor of Jewish history, Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies, on "Crypto-Jews and the Conversion of Old Christians in Iberian Lands";
  • Dr. Isaac Chavel, professor of mathematics, The City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, on "Jacob's Dream: A Maimonidean Exegesis";
  • Dr. Jonathan Helfand, professor of modern Jewish history, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, on "The Chief Rabbi Who Wasn't: Rabbi Asher Ginsburg's Response to the Central Consistory";
  • Moshe Miller, Ph.D. student, Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University; instructor, Jewish history, Lander College for Men, on "Rabbi Jacob Emden's Attitude Toward Christianity";
  • Dr. Ira Robinson, professor of Judaic Studies, Concordia University, Montreal and Dr. Simcha Fishbane, associate professor of Jewish Studies, Touro College, on "New Writings of R. Yitzhak Nissenbaum";
  • Dr. Bezalel Safran, formerly associate professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard University and visiting professor of Jewish philosophy, Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University, on "Maimonides on Pride and Anger: Part II";
  • Dr. David Shatz, professor of philosophy, Yeshiva University, on "A Framework for Reading Ish ha-Halakhah";
  • Dr. Moshe D. Sherman, associate professor of Jewish Studies, Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies, "On the Study of Jewish History: Thoughts of Rabbi Hayyim Ozer Grodzinski";
  • Dr. Haym Soloveitchik, Merkin Family Research Professor of Jewish History and Literature, Yeshiva University, on "Two Notes on the Commentary on the Torah of R. Yehudah he-Hasid";
  • Dr. Aryeh Strikovsky, senior faculty member, Talmud, Pardes Institute, Jerusalem, on "The Controversy over the Legacy of the Ari in the Generations of the Besht, the Gra and Rashaz";
  • Dr. Jeffrey R. Woolf, senior lecturer, Department of Talmud, Bar-Ilan University, on "Renaissance Echoes in a Sixteenth Century Rabbinic Responsum."

Both volumes of TURIM are published by Touro College Press, and distributed by KTAV Publishing House, Inc. Copies may be ordered online at www.ktav.com.