2010 Conference
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Ari Weiss

Uri L'Tzedek

Telephone: 212.284.6540

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Ari Weiss is a rabbi and currently the lead professional of Uri L’Tzedek, the Orthodox social justice movement. Prior to Uri L’Tzedek, he was co-director of the Meorot University Fellowship and has served on the Judaic Studies Faculty of the Heschel School. He has worked as a Jewish educator for the American Jewish World Service, Bnei Akiva, and for the Lauder Foundation on missions to Nicaragua, Ghana, Israel, and Hungary. Rabbi Weiss was ordained in June 2007 by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York.

Is It a Commandment to Believe in God?

Advanced, Torah & Text

It is generally assumed that there is a commandment to believe in God: "I am the Lord your God" begins the Ten Commandments. However, there have always been dissenting voices in the Jewish tradition that claim beliefs cannot be commanded. This presentation/discussion will explore the stakes in this disagreement: Is Judaism essentially a set of practices? beliefs? both? neither?

Jewish Continuity in the 21st century :


Jill Cozen-Harel, Daniel Sieradski, Ari Weiss

As the Jewish community has been evolving, new and innovative organizations, minyanim and websites are emerging to fill gaps and broaden horizons. In this panel, leaders of these initiatives will offer their views on the Jewish community and the question of Jewish continuity; and will offer insights in how these views have helped produce and shape their innovative projects.

The Origins of Jewish Responsibility

Between Love and Justice

Identity & Responsibility, Torah & Text

Globalization has connected the world; it has also brought the horrors of the world into our living rooms. As people in positions of power and resources, we feel that we are responsible to do something but what is the source of this responsibility and what is Jewish about it? This presentation/discussion will focus on the Biblical and Rabbinic roots of Jewish Responsibility for the Other and their relationship to love and Justice.

Kosher is Yosher:

The Ethics of Eating Kosher

Identity & Responsibility, Torah & Text

On May 12th government agents raided the Agripossessor kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. This episode has awakened many in the Jewish community to demand that kosher food production must be about more then just the laws of kashruth; kosher food must accord to Jewish ethical values as well. In this presentation, we will explore the various intersections between Kosher and Yosher (ethical uprightness).


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