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Yitz Greenberg

Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, an ordained Orthodox rabbi, a Harvard Ph.D. and scholar, is a seminal thinker on the Holocaust, the theory and practice of pluralism and the theology of Jewish-Christian relations. He served as founding president of CLAL and President of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation. His writings include The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays (1988), a philosophy of Judaism based on an analysis of the Sabbath and holidays, Living in the Image of God: Jewish Teachings to Perfect the World, (1998) and For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity (2004). He is a teacher and mentor to generations of Jewish leaders and scholars.

The Process of Tikkun Olam: How to Perfect the World

Identity and Responsibility, Teen Approved

This session will sketch the goal of Judaism -- the vision of a perfect world -- and explore the unique Jewish method of achieving the goal, ie, the covenant (= partnership) between God and humanity.

"A Decade at Bernie's": The Ethical Crisis in Contemporary Jewish Life

Blu Greenberg, Yitz Greenberg, Chaim Seidler-Feller, Doreen Seidler-Feller

Identity and Responsibility

From Agriprocessors to Madoff to Tropper, ethical misconduct appears to be rampant in contemporary Jewish life. Is there an ethical crisis? What are its causes? Join panelists Blu and Yitz Greenberg and Doreen and Chaim Seidler-Feller for a discussion about what can be done to reassert the centrality of ethics in our lives.

The Twelve Steps of Covenant

Text and Thought, Teen Approved

This session will explore how to live personal and communal life in covenantal fashion. What is it like personally? What are the twelve steps to live every aspect of life covenantally? We will explore also the relationship of halachah (as defined by Orthodox and non-Orthodox) to the covenant.

At the Beginning of the New Era of the Covenant

Identity and Responsibility, Text and Thought, Teen Approved

This session will explore the changing roles of God and humans in the covenant partnership. We will propose that humans have come of age and are taking full responsibility for the outcome -- in accordance with God’s wishes. This new stage has a transformative effect on our understanding of human power and pluralism and of the nature of prayer, miracles, revelation, and Torah.

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