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Marc Wolf

The Jewish Theological Seminary

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Marc Wolf, a rabbi, is vice chancellor and chief development officer of JTS, raising over $20M annually and developing study groups, lectures, virtual educational, podcasts, and Torah From JTS for the community. He is rabbi at JTS on the High Holidays; was lead writer for JTS Mitzvah Initiative; authored JTS Torah Commentaries; and commented on religion and philanthropy for the NY Times, NPR, and CNN.

Challenging God—The Blessings of a Rainbow

Interactive, Text & Thought

Judaism presents a number of models of challenging God—Abraham, Job are two of the most well known. But what about us? Can we challenge God? Does Judaism welcome not only a crisis of faith, but direct confrontation of God? Through a study of the blessing said when seeing a rainbow, we will address these and other questions of faith, belief, doubt, and theology. Yes, a rainbow …

Management and Leadership

Lessons from Moses

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

There are a number of paradigms of leadership presented in the Tanakh. Each stresses different aspects of leadership – and by example illustrates various leadership models. Moses himself tries a number of approaches to leading. In this session, we will study two passages and compare and contrast the leadership styles of Moses, exploring both for contemporary relevance.

Are You There God?

Open Forum

Interactive, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Join other LimmudNYks as Marc Wolf moderates an open conversation on God. Raise questions or propose answers big and small, theological or technological. This is a space in which to voice your own opinions and gain perspective from others.

Do We Really Do Tzedakah?

Modern Philanthropy and Jewish Values

Identity & Responsibility, Social Justice, Text & Thought

Jewish communities use the term tzedakah to define all sorts of philanthropic giving. Is our support of the litany of causes that cross our in-boxes really tzedakah? Through a study of the classical sources on Jewish giving, we will explore what it means to give tzedakah—and maybe learn something about how we give.

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