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Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh received his semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. in Jewish History from Yeshiva University. Prior to his aliyah in 2004, he served as a Maggid Shiur and Assistant Director of Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies, and as a Rebbe in TMSTA – Yeshiva University High School. He currently holds the Ruth Buchbinder Mitzner Chair in Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshiva University’s RIETS Kollel in Jerusalem, and teaches at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He lives in Alon Shevut with his wife Leora and their seven children.

Field / Profession: Educator

Educator at: Yeshiva

Speaking Topics: Torah, Israel, Eretz Yisrael, Halacha & the Modern World, Campus/Students

Sample Topics - General:
Pluralism and Halachic Discourse
Pluralism in the Thought of Rav Kook
Ethics and Halacha
Belief and Unbelief: Intellectual and Moral Perspectives
How to Find Your Bashert: A Philosophical Perspective
Philosophical Perspectives on Prayer
Universalism and Particularism
Parashat HaShavua, Chagim, Gemara, Practical Halacha

Sample Topics - Israel Related:
The Theology of Topography: Reading the Torah in its Geographical Context
From Pesach to Yom HaAtzmaut: Redemption Then and Now
The Unification of Jerusalem
The Secret Message of the Emblem of the State of Israel
Messianic Zionism: What is our Messianic Vision, and Are We En Route?
Kedushat Eretz Yisrael / The Sanctity of the Land of Israel
Sacred Cows and Sacred Land - Zionism and the Mysterious Red Heifer
Facing the Intellectual Challenges of Modernity in Israel and America - Rav Kook and Rav Soloveitchik
Social Justice and the Free Market: Economics in a Jewish State
Charitable Giving and Zionism - A Halachic-Philosophical Analysis

Links to sample audio or videos:,234838

Languages: English, Hebrew

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