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Yitzchak Blau studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and at Yeshiva University. He has a BA in English Literature (YU), an MA in Medeival Jewish History (Revel) and Semikha (RIETS). Rabbi Blau previously taught at the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School and at Yeshivat Hamivtar, He is currently a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Orayta and also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Rabbi Blau is the author of Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics and Wisdom of the Aggada and he has published more than twenty five articles on issues in Jewish Thought. An associate editor of Tradition, he lives in Alon Shvut with his wife and four children.


Field / Profession: Educator

Educator at: Yeshiva, Midrasha

Speaking Topics: Torah, Israel, Mussar/Character Development, Other

Sample Topics - General:
Potential Speaking Topics (More available upon request):
Does Judaism Demand Purity of Motivation?
Why Does My Ancestor’s Covenant Obligate Me?
How Does the Prophet Differ From The Fortune Teller?
Are Religious Inwardness and Fixed Halakhic Norms in Conflict?
Courage as a Jewish Value
Gratitude as a Jewish Value
Of Nursing Mothers and Double Lives: Rav Yizhak Hutner’s Insights into Education
Confronting Fear, Anger, and Arrogance: Rav Kook's Intellectual Approach to Character Growth
The Divine Attributes of Mercy in Biblical Narrative
Were the Makkot Life Threatening?
The Literary Art of Sefer Bereishit

Aggada Shiurim :
Negligent Crimes, Ubiquitous Crimes and the Novelty of Crime: Aggadic Insights
Does the Talmud Have a Sense of Humor?
Confronting the Evil Inclination in the Aggada
Esau, Bilaam and Ahab: Negative Characters in the Aggada
Laughter, Debating, and a Pillar of Salt: Philosophy of Education in the Aggada
The Clash Between Peace and Truth in the Aggada.
Threatening Mountains and a Satanic Search: Aggadot about Matan Torah

Abraham's Wealth, Blemished Lips, and Myrtle Branches: The Significance of Details in Talmudic Stories.

Sample Topics - Israel Related:
Rabbinic Attitudes to Secular Zionism
Models of Religious Zionism.
Is Prophecy Limited to the Land of Israel?
Aggadot about Churban Habayit.

Languages: English, Hebrew

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