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Save the Date for Special Shabbaton with Scholar-in-Residence!


Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton with Dr. William Kolbrener 

February 10th - 11th, 2017

William Kolbrener earned an MA from Oxford University and a PhD from Columbia University; he is currently a professor in the Department of English Literature at Bar Ilan University in Israel. An internationally renowned authority on Renaissance poetry and philosophy and the eighteenth-century proto-feminist Mary Astell, Kolbrener also publishes and lectures widely on Jewish life and learning. Among other academic works, he is the author of Open Minded Torah and the upcoming The Last Rabbi: Joseph Soloveitchik and the Talmudic Tradition.

Jeffrey Goldberg (in The Atlantic) wrote about Dr. Kolbrener and his book Open Minded Torah:

"Kolbrener is a deep-dish scholar. But he is also wonderfully engaging. He engages his readers, and he engages with the Torah, and one of the great values of this book is that he introduces his readers to the Torah in unexpected ways. The Torah is not a closed book for Kolbrener. I'm always looking for writers who will help me gain wisdom about my tradition, and of course I'm always looking for writers who tell interesting stories, and Kolbrenner does: About Shakespeare and baseball and raising a son with Down Syndrome."