Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Tanakh Companion: The Book of Samuel

Nathaniel Helfgot (editor)

Publisher: Ben Yehuda Press

Bible study in the spirit of modern and open Orthodox Judaism.

About the Authors
The Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School develops professional, knowledgeable, empathetic, and visionary rabbinic leaders for the modern world. Founded in 1999, YCT cultivates a love of Torah, a passion for leadership, and a philosophy of inclusiveness. YCT alumni are building new open Modern Orthodox congregations, transforming established communities, leading and inspiring students at major university campuses, and teaching in day schools.
Rabbi Hayyim Angel is Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel of New York City and teaches advanced Tanakh courses at Yeshiva University. He recently published Through an Opaque Lens, a collection of twenty of his biblical studies.

Rabbi Joshua Berman holds a doctorate in Bible from Bar-Ilan University, where he is a lecturer in Tanakh. He is the author of The Temple: Its Symbolism and Meaning Then and Now (Jason Aronson, 1995). His most recent book, Narrative Analogy in the Hebrew Bible, was published by Brill Academic Publishers in 2004. He is currently a fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Jack Bieler was ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1974. He served on the faculty of Yeshivat Ramaz from 1974-88. Since 1988, Rabbi Bieler has served as Lead Teacher, Chairman of the Judaic Studies Department and Assistant Principal for Judaic Studies at the Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington, now the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, MD. In 1993 he was appointed Rabbi of the Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, MD.

Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Felix studied at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav in Jerusalem, where he was ordained by Rav Avraham Shapira, Rav Simcha Kook and the late Rav Betzalel Zolti. He received his doctorate from Bar Ilan University. He founded and for 25 years headed Orot College in Israel and is currently the Jewish Agency for Israel’s educational director for North America.

Leeor Gottlieb, a graduate of Yeshivat Sha’alvim and Beit Morasha, is a Ph.D. candidate and an instructor of Bible in Hebrew University’s Department of Bible. His work focuses on the transmission of the Biblical text, the inner-development of Biblical Hebrew and the ancient translations of the Bible.

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is the Chair of the Bible and Jewish Thought Departments at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He has authored dozens of essays in Hebrew and English, serves as co-editor of the Hebrew journal Or ha-Mizrach and most recently served as editor of the volume Community, Covenant and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Toras HoRav Foundation/Ktav, 2005).

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is spiritual leader of Ohev Sholom—The National Synagogue, located on 16th street in Washington, DC.

Rabbi David Silber is the founder and dean of Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, internationally recognized as the creative force for women’s advanced study of classical Jewish texts. Rabbi Silber has introduced groundbreaking initiatives that continue to change the way people regard Jewish education in general, and the leadership role of women in particular. He received ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is a recipient of the Covenant Award.

Rabbi Avraham (Avi) Weiss is Founder and Dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah – the Open Orthodox Rabbinical school. He is Senior Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. He has authored two books – Women at Prayer, a halakhic analysis of women’s prayer groups, and Principles of Spiritual Activism. He is also the editor of the Haggadah for the Yom HaShoah seder.

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