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Friday, June 30, 2006
Book Launch: The Challenge of Creation

Coming July 18th: The Jewish Publishing Event of the Year!

Join us for the New York launch of

The Challenge of Creation
Judaism’s Encounter with Science, Cosmology,
and Evolution

Join The New York Book Launch
Tuesday, July 18th - 8pm - Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills
Featured Speakers: Rabbi Natan Slifkin - Rabbi Gil Student - Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the launch.

Available at bookstores from late July, or order now online at
For more details about the book, see

Please download this poster and hang it in appropriate public places.

New Book: The Legacy of Maimonides

New from Yashar Books:

The Legacy of Maimonides: Religion, Reason and Community

edited by Yamin Levy and Shalom Carmy

Rabbi Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), known as Rambam, is widely known as a profound philosopher and authoritative legal scholar. However, Rambam’s contributions are not merely remnants of medieval scholarship but a vibrant legacy that gives compelling guidance in modern man’s spiritual search. In The Legacy of Maimonides, leading scholars present surveys of Rambam’s thinking and his impact on Judaism, and apply Rambam’s approach to various issues of critical contemporary importance. Community, tradition, self-perfection, Bible interpretation, messiah and dogma are among the timely subjects covered in this important work.

Table of Contents

Some Reflections on the Historical Image of Maimonides: An Essay on
   His Unique Place in History

Maimonides on the Love of God

Interpreting Maimonides

The Sovereignty of Dogma: Rambam and/or the Mishnah

Some Ironic Consequences of Maimonides’ Rationalist Approach
   to the Messianic Age

Maimonides: A Man for All Ages

Israel, the Noahide Laws and Maimonides: Jewish-Gentile Legal Relations
   in Maimonidean Thought

Four Parables about Peshat as Parable

Maimonides on Creating an Inclusive Community

Rambam’s Continued Impact on Underlying Issues in Tanakh Study

Parent-Child Relationships and Ta’amei ha-Mizvot in Rambam

Rambam: A Man of Letters

Oral Law as Institution in Maimonides

Worship, Corporeality, and Human Perfection: A Reading of Guide of the
, III:51-54

Isadore Twersky

Norman Lamm

Arthur Hyman

Shalom Carmy

David Berger

Norman Frimer

Dov Frimer

Roslyn Weiss

Yamin Levy

Hayyim Angel

Elimelekh Polinsky

Moshe Sokolow

Gerald Blidstein

David Shatz

More about the book
Ask for it in your local bookstore or buy it online

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Stories of Yeshiva College

My article from the front page of this week's The Jewish Press (link):
It was over a decade ago and the large Yeshiva University beis medrash was full of books and tables, but only a few students. It was time for college classes and, at that time, the kollel learned in a different building.

The main beis medrash was never completely empty, but at certain times it came close. I was cutting class and learning in the beis medrash when a thirty-something chassid walked in, looked around, came up to me and innocently asked, "Es dos a yeshiva oy a college?" – "Is this a yeshiva or a college?"...
Continued here. And the book is available for purchase here.

Saturday, June 03, 2006
Man and Beast
Man and Beast has arrived! Order it online or ask for it in your local bookstore.
Man and Beast presents a comprehensive Jewish perspective on our relationship with the animal kingdom. From the blessings to be recited when visiting the zoo, to understanding what exactly sets us apart from animals, to the issues involved in keeping pets - an entire framework is presented.

"Rabbi Natan Slifkin's new book, Man and Beast, offers a comprehensive view of Judaism's attitude and concern towards the animal world. It is skillfully researched and it is a thoroughly enjoyable read on a subject that otherwise could be considered arcane. There is great information and wonderful insights provided into the worldview of Judaism and its relationship to the other creatures that inhabit God's world with us humans."

- Rabbi Berel Wein

"Man and Beast is a fascinating and important work. It presents an aspect of Judaism that many of us do not even realize exists - its comprehensive principles and laws regarding our interactions with the natural world, in this case, specifically the animal world. Rabbi Natan Slifkin, the world-renowned "Zoo Rabbi," has accomplished amazing things in his seminal works on these topics. This new book of his will doubtless be treasured by educators and anyone seeking to enhance their understanding of the Torah's view of man's interaction with his fellow-inhabitor of this planet, the animal kingdom."

- Rabbi Chaim Malinowitz

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