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Rabbi Jeffrey Saks is the founding director of ATID – The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education and its WebYeshiva.org program. He is the Editor of the Tradition journal. Rabbi Saks is the Series Editor of The S.Y. Agnon Library at The Toby Press, and Director of Research at the Agnon House in Jerusalem. He edited Wisdom From All My Teachers: Challenges and Initiatives in Contemporary Torah Education (Urim); To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Neonatal and Childhood Death (OU Press); and authored Spiritualizing Halakhic Education (Mandel Foundation). He has published widely on Jewish thought, education, and literature.
Prior to his aliyah in 1994, Rabbi Saks served on the faculty of the Yeshiva University High School for Girls. Upon arriving in Israel he was the director of Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat and has taught in a variety of yeshivot and midrashot, including, currently, Midreshet Amudim.
Rabbi Saks holds a B.A., M.A., and rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in New York, and was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute for senior Jewish educators. He lives in Efrat with his wife Ilana and their four children.
Field / Profession: Educator
Educator at: Yeshiva, Midrasha, Other
Recent Places Spoken/Recommendations:
R. Shaul Robinson, Lincoln Square Synagogue, NY
R. Adam Starr, YITH, Atlanta
Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Warsaw, Poland
Speaking Topics: Torah, Israel, Eretz Yisrael, Other
Sample Topics - General:
The Challenge of Spiritualizing Jewish Education
The Thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik
The Role of Literature in Religious Life
Topics in the writings of Hebrew author S.Y. Agnon
Sample Topics - Israel Related:
Rabbi Soloveitchik and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate: Zionism as an Educational Challenge
Agnon's Orange Peel: Religious and Secular Tensions in Building Eretz Yisrael (A reading of Nobel laureate S.Y, Agnon's political satires)
Rav Kook and Reborn Jewish Culture in Israel
Links to sample audio or videos:
Personal website: http://www.webyeshiva.org/rabbisaks
Languages: English, HebrewMizrachi discount available for this speaker!
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