Rabbi Moshe Sokol, PhD

Lander College for Men

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Lander College for Men is led by Dean Moshe Sokol, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Thyssen Foundation Research Fellow, and received semicha from the Israel Torah Research Institute (ITRI) in Jerusalem after seven years of post-high school studies in yeshivos in Philadelphia, New York and Israel. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Touro College graduate and undergraduate schools.

Dean Sokol has served Touro College in various administrative capacities, including founding and directing the Graduate School of Jewish Studies and a collaborative medical program with the Technion in Israel. He has also served as senior program officer at the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, where he traveled around the world organizing seminars and educational programs. Rabbi Sokol has published over two dozen essays in Israeli, British and American journals and books in the fields of Jewish philosophy and morality, and is a sought-after expert on the integration of Jewish law and professional ethics. Sokol’s continued examination of ethical and halachic issues marks him as a new pioneer in Jewish philosophy.

Areas of Expertise

Ethics and Jewish studies


  • M Sokol. "Some Tensions in the Jewish Attitude Toward the Taking of Human Life: A Philosophical Analysis of Justified Homicide in Jewish Legal and Aggadic Literature." Jewish Law Annual (Vol 7), 97-113, 2021
  • M Sokol. "The Snake at the Mouth of the Cave: Exploring Talmudic Narratives."
  • M Sokol. "Portrait of a Rabbinic Dissident: Akavya Ben Mehalalel Confronts the Judicial Establishment." Touro L. Rev. 36, 251, 2020
  • M Sokol. "Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics." Academic Studies Press, 2019
  • M Sokol. "Transcending Time: Elements of Romanticism in the Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchk." Modern Judaism 30 (3), 233-246, 2010
  • M Sokol. "Maimonides on Joy." Maimonides and his Heritage, 37-50, 2009
  • MZ Sokol. "Is There a “Halakhic” Response to the Problem of Evil." Jewish Studies in Violence, 227-238, 2007
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