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


    Edited by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz
    Foreword by Rabbi Avi Weiss
    Introduction by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
    Hardcover, 344 pages
    KTAV Publishing House and Urim Publications 2018
    ISBN 978-965-524-271-3

    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, 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.


    Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute, and the Founder & CEO of YATOM. As a global social justice educator, Rav Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and started missions across five continents. He was named one of "The Most Inspiring Rabbis in America" by The Forward, and as one of the “Top 50 Rabbis in America” by Newsweek. Shmuly, his wife Shoshana, their biological children & foster child 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 among the best-selling contemporary works on Jewish thought. He lives in New York City.


    Table of Contents

      Rabbi Avi Weiss / Foreword 9
      Rabbi Joseph Telushkin / Introduction – Yitz Greenberg: An Appreciation 13
      Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz / Preface 19

      Personal Tributes
      1. Dr. Erica Brown / Wisdom from the Gentle Giant 25
      2. Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber / One Shavuot Night: Rav Yitz’s “Prism of Life” 33
      3. Rabbi Daniel Landes / Meeting Yitz Greenberg: A Fifty Year Memoire 37

      Building Bridges
      4. Rabbi Dr. Dov S. Zakheim / Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Christian-Jewish Relations, and Halakhah: A Brief Overview 45
      5. Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn / Idolatry and the Covenantal Pluralism of Irving Greenberg 59
      6. Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein / Genius Theologian, Lonely Theologian: Yitz Greenberg on Christianity 71
      7. Tanya White / Between Soloveitchik, Greenberg and Meir: The Evolution of Interfaith Thought 93
      8. Rosh Kehillah Dina Najman / Uniting a People in Diversity: The Thread of Tolerance in Our Rabbinic Tradition 113

      New Intellectual Paradigms
      9. Rabbi Asher Lopatin / Rebuilding the Covenant Through Self Obligation: Rabeinu Tam and Saying the Blessing on Hallel on Israel Independence Day 135
      10. Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger / Visions of the Secular and the Impact of Rabbi Yitz Greenberg’s Vision 143
      11. Professor Arna Poupko Fisher / Living the Jewish Way: The Lofty Dreams of Rabbi Yitz Greenberg’s Judaism 154
      12. Rabbi Dr. Darren Kleinberg / For and Against: A Consideration of David Hartman and Jonathan Sacks in Relation to Irving Greenberg 169

      Ethics
      13. Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz / The Ethical Implications of a Tzelem Elokim Theology 185
      14. Rabbi David Jaffe / Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and a Postmodern Mussar 191

      Modern Orthodoxy & Halakhah
      15. Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo / Needed: Redemptive Halakhah – How Halakhah Must Transcend Itself 215
      16. Rabbi Dr. Joshua Feigelson / Halakhah as an Ethic of Power: Yitz Greenberg and the War in Vietnam 236
      17. Dr. Steven Bayme / Four Modern Orthodox Outliers: Yitz Greenberg and His Contemporaries 257
      18. Dr. Lawrence Grossman / Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and American Orthodoxy: The Crisis of 1966–67 279
      19. Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld / From Prostitution to Marriage and Back Again: An Interpersonal Sexual Ethic from Rabbinic Sources 295

      From Rav Yitz
      20. Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg / The Journey To Pluralism: A Modern Orthodox Narrative and Plea 311
      Contributors 343

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