Sefer Ha-Hayim Blog
Monday, December 31, 2007
Rabbi Shalom Berger on JM in the AM
R. Shalom Berger was on JM in the AM this morning. You can listen to it on streaming audio here: link (RAM) beginning at 1 hour 47 minutes.

Reminder that both Rabbi Berger and I will be at Lincoln Square Synagogue tomorrow morning at 10am.

Saturday, December 29, 2007
Flipping Out: Rabbi Shalom Berger in the NY Area
Rabbi Shalom Z. Berger, one of the authors of Flipping Out?, will be speaking over the next few days at the following locations:

  • Teaneck - Sunday, Dec. 30th at 8pm at Cong. Beth Aaron

  • JM in the AM - Monday, Dec. 31st on Nachum Segal's JM in the AM radio show. You can send questions in advance at the JM in the AM message center.

  • Manhattan - Tuesday, Jan. 1st at 10am Lincoln Square Synagogue.

  • I will be at the Teaneck and Manhattan events, and will also be speaking in Manhattan.

    When Tigers Attack
    As 3150 news sources (at the last count) are reporting, a tiger escaped at the San Fransico Zoo this week in as yet unexplained circumstances. It killed one person and severely injured two others before being shot dead by police. Since the police found it in the act of attacking someone, they clearly had to shoot it; but what if that would not have been the case? If it would have been possible to safely recapture the tiger without killing it, should that be done?

    If you join Rabbi Slifkin's mailing list, you can receive an essay this week about the Torah perspective on dealing with animals that have killed people or committed other capital crimes. It is extracted from the book Man And Beast, available at To join the list, send an email to

    Wednesday, December 19, 2007
    Attention YU Students
    Attention YU students:

    Great news!

    Flipping Out? Myth or Fact: The Impact of the "Year in Israel" by Shalom Z. Berger, Daniel Jacobson and Chaim I. Waxman--and with an introduction by President Richard M. Joel--is now available for purchase at Lake Como Pizza. Ask for it behind the counter.

    Tuesday, December 04, 2007
    Yashar Chapters 1:4 - Flipping Out In Israel

    Dear Friend,

    Welcome to the fourth issue of Yashar Chapters, a newsletter from Yashar Books in which we send you complete chapters from a recent book of interest. This issue's book is Flipping Out? Myth or Fact: The Impact of the “Year in Israel”, by Shalom Z. Berger, Daniel Jacobson and Chaim I. Waxman. The book presents studies and analyses of the impacts of studying in yeshiva in Israel for a post-high school year—the impact on the student and the community in general. Each of the co-authors is an expert in his own field—Rabbi Shalom Z. Berger, Ed.D., is well known for his work at Bar Ilan's Lookstein Center for Jewish Education; Rabbi Daniel Jacobson, Psy.D., wrote the popular guide of yeshivot in Israel for the Orthodox Caucus and currently guides students in Israel along with running a private psychology practice; and Dr. Chaim I. Waxman is one of the leading sociologists of the Jewish community. The book also includes an introduction by Richard M. Joel, President of Yeshiva University and former President of the Hillel college campus organization.

    The chapter enclosed is the final chapter in Shalom Z. Berger's section “Engaging the Ultimate: The Impact of Post-High School Study in Israel”. This chapter summarizes Rabbi Berger's findings and offers his conclusions and final thoughts on the subject.

    More information about the book can be found at the Yashar website. It can be purchased at your local Judaica store, on Yashar's website and on

    The goal of this newsletter is to spread Torah and to introduce you to books that you might find interesting, without the risk of you having to pay first. In that end, please feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested or to quote it entirely or in part in your blog, newspaper or magazine. Just please be sure to note the author's name and the book's title: Shalom Z. Berger, Daniel Jacobson and Chaim I. Waxman, Flipping Out? Myth or Fact: The Impact of the “Year in Israel” (ISBN 978-1-933143-23-1, 235 pages, hardcover, $24.95).

    Thank you,

    Gil Student

    Click here to read the chapter:

    [Note: I was asked about the wisdom of providing the conclusions to a section. The chapter obviously does not include all of the detail and insights in the preceding chapters. It is also the conclusion to only one of three sections. The thinking is that if people like what they read then they will want to see all that led to these conclusions as well as the other two sections of the book.]

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