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Leon Morris

Leon Morris has served as the Executive Director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning in New York since its inception ten years ago. In April he will be moving with his wife Dasee and son Tamir to Sag Harbor, NY where he will serve as the rabbi of Adas Israel, Long Island’s oldest synagogue. Leon participates in the Hartman Institute’s North American Scholars’ Circle and was recently a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow. He has contributed essays to The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, The Jewish Week, Sh'ma and Beliefnet.

One-Foot Judaism

Sara Hurwitz, David Ingber, Leon Morris, Mark Pearlman

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive, Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

This guaranteed quick-paced yet thoughtful program—inspired by the question asked to Hillel, "Teach me the Torah while I stand on one foot"—will tackle top-of-mind and day-to-day questions on how to be Jewish. Answers are by world-class rabbis who offer enduring and practical sound bytes. The three rabbis are limited to short but impactful answers (180 seconds). Questions are all audience submitted, but may include "“How do I find purpose?” and “What issues should modern Jews be most concerned with?”

Jewish Law

Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

Mimi Feigelson, Sara Hurwitz, Leon Morris, Ethan Tucker

The past 150 years have seen many struggles over Jewish law, its interpretation, and its application. In a globalized world of diminishing local community, Jews have more choice than ever before as to who their rabbinic authority should be and whether they choose one at all. This dynamic invites us to explore anew what role halakhah (Jewish law) should play in Jewish discourse, and how, if at all, halakhic authorities can and should shape Jewish life. Is halakhah a system of authority and obedience? Is it a language that can be used by pluralistic communities? Would Judaism today be better off without a discussion of halakhah at all? Come explore these questions and your own in a thought-provoking exchange with panelists who represent creative approaches to thinking about the application of Jewish law in our day.

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