Rabbi Yitz Greenberg

Fathers Still Know Best

Rabbi Yitz Greenberg offers his own take on the wisdom (more relevant today than ever?) found in Pirkei Avot.

05/10/2016 - 15:09
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Sage Advice” (Maggid Books) serves as the more than apt title for Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg’s new translation and commentary on Pirkei Avot, the classic volume of rabbinic literature that is itself a compendium of pithily stated reflections, observations and teachings drawn from the sayings of the rabbis (aka sages) who lived in the era of the composition of the Mishnah, around the third century CE.

The perennially popular text itself appears in most Jewish prayer books, and many scholars and rabbis have published their commentaries before.

“It’s like a box of candies,” Rabbi Greenberg says about Pirkei Avot.

Yitz Greenberg’s Impact

At a conference, scholars rejoice in a rabbi's achievements and wonder why his vision failed to take hold.

07/14/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The scene was Yarnton Manor, an estate outside Oxford and home to the British University’s Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Professors Adam Ferziger of Bar-Ilan University and Miri Freud-Kandel of Oxford recently convened 16 scholars from the U.S., Israel, and the U.K. for the Centre’s inaugural Oxford Summer Institute in Modern and Contemporary Judaism to assess the work of Dr. Yitz Greenberg, the rabbi, scholar and teacher, and his impact on Modern Orthodoxy.

Steven Bayme

New Effort To End Agunot Crisis

A haredi jurist is backing a rabbinic court that will address the problem of husbands who won't grant divorces.

12/08/2013 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

In what appears to be a major breakthrough in the long, tortuous effort to solve the problem of agunot (or, chained wives), an international bet din (religious court) is in formation, headed by a highly respected Orthodox rabbi, with the goal of freeing women trapped in broken marriages.

Blu Greenberg at the JOFA conference where the formation of the new rabbinic court was made public. Photo courtesy JOFA

Offering Thanks: Reflections On 25 Years Of A Gift Of Life

12/22/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s 25 years today that I went through quadruple bypass-open heart surgery.  It all started three months earlier, in September.  The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry was protesting in front of Lincoln Center against the appearance of the Russian Moiseyev Dance Company.  Our position was that there should be no cultural exchange with the former Soviet Union until all Soviet Jews were free.

Rabbi Avi Weiss

The Embattled Voice Of Modern Orthodoxy

03/14/2011 - 20:00
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I first heard of Rabbi Yitz Greenberg some 45 years ago when a high school rosh yeshiva, recognizing my fascination both with history and with the then-emerging Orthodox left, encouraged me to take Rabbi Greenberg’s courses at Yeshiva University. This month I was privileged to host a reception at the American Jewish Committee honoring the rabbi and educator’s career upon the publication of a festschrift, a volume of scholarly essays in tribute to him marking four decades of intellectual leadership and Jewish public service.

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