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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Reaching for the Infinite

Reaching for the Infinite
The Lubavitcher Rebbe - Life, Teachings and Impact
November 6 - 8, 2005

This event was made possible through the generous donations of
Craig & Deborah Cogut and George & Pamela Rohr

Sunday, November 6, 2005
9th Floor, Kimmel Center at NYU
60 Washington Square South

Please call 212-998-8981 or email Shayne Figueroa to reserve a place for Sunday and please indicate
which session(s) you will be attending.
Welcome Remarks
1:30pm


Lawrence H. Schiffman
Chair, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, NYU

Catharine Stimpson
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NYU

Elliot Wolfson
"Sources and Methods"
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, NYU
Scholar of the Jewish Tradition
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Chair - Naftali Loewenthal, University of London


Chaim Rapoport, London England
The Rebbe's Commentary on Rashi: Some Initial Reflections

Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University
The Rebbe as a Torah Scholar: Synthesis and Unity

Ephraim Kanarfogel, Yeshiva University
Respondent
The Rebbe and the Habad Movement
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Chair - Nehemia Polen, Boston Hebrew College


Yitzhak Kraus, Bar-Ilan University
The Rebbe's Ideology and the Habad Movement

Stephanie Wellen Levine, Tufts University
The Habad Community

Ada Rapoport-Albert, University of London
The Jewish Woman: From Housewife to Teacher and Leader

Philip Wexler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Respondent.


Monday, November 7, 2005
9th Floor, Kimmel Center at NYU
60 Washington Square South

Please call 212-998-8981 or email Shayne Figueroa to reserve a place for Monday and please indicate
which session(s) you will be attending.
Education and the Modern Intellectual Context
9:00am - 11:00am
Chair - Robert Chazan, New York University


Aryeh Solomon, University of Sydney
The Rebbe's Educational Philosophy

Barry Chazan, Hebrew University
Habad, Education and Outreach

Jacob Immanuel Schochet, Humber College
The Rebbe, Science and Philosophy

Reuven Kimelman, Brandeis University
Respondent
Continuing the Mystical Chain
11:00am - 1:00pm
Chair - Jeffrey Rubenstein, New York University


Shaul Magid, University of Indiana - Bloomington
Infalibility, Human Worship and Religious Deviance: Lubavitch "Rebbeism" and It's Proto-Jewish Origins

Nehemia Polen, Boston Hebrew College
Mysticism as a Factor in Leadership and Decision-making

Allan Nadler, Drew University
Mitnagdic Opposition to the Rebbe

Jay Harris, Harvard University
Respondent
Medium and Message
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Chair - Philip Wexler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Judah Cohen, New York University
Encouraging the Arts

Mark Kligman, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Music and the Rebbe

Kate Miriam Loewenthal, University of London
The Rebbe and Psychology

Ari Y. Kelman, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Respondent

Hasidism in the Modern Jewish World
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Chair - Mark Kligman, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion


Gershon Greenberg, American University
In the Shadow of the Holocaust

Nathaniel Deutsch, Swarthmore College
Habad as an American Religious Movement

Adam Ferziger, Bar-Ilan University
The Rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Kotler, and the 'Habadization' of American Orthodoxy

Hasia R. Diner, New York University
Respondent

Tuesday, November 8, 2005
9th Floor, Kimmel Center at NYU
60 Washington Square South

Please call 212-998-8981 or email Shayne Figueroa to reserve a place for Tuesday and please indicate
which session(s) you will be attending.
The Wider World
9:00am - 11:00am
Chair - Judah Cohen, New York University


William Helmreich, City University of New York
Relation to Jewish Communal Organizations and Religious Movements

Shimon Cowen, Monash University - Melbourne
Embracing the Non-Jewish World

Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University
Habad, Menachem Mendel Schneerson and the Media

Jan L. Feldman, University of Vermont
Respondent
The Rebbe, Mysticism and Philosophy
11:00am - 1:00pm
Chair - Dov Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University


Moshe Hallamish, Bar-Ilan University
The Rebbe and the Tanya

Alan Brill, Yeshiva University
The Rebbe as a Modern Thinker

Elliot Wolfson, New York University
Secret of the Secret: Esotericism in Menachem Mendel Schneerson's Kabbalah

Norman Lamm, Yeshiva University
Respondent
The Search for Redemption
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Chair - Ada Rapoport-Albert, University of London

M. Avrum Ehrlich, University of Shandong
The Messianism of of Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Naftali Loewenthal, University of London
Habad, the Rebbe and the Messiah in the 21st century

Dov Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University
Philosophy vs. Personality: Moderate Trends in R. Menahem-Mendel's Messianism

Yaakov Ariel, University of North Carolina
Respondent
Concluding Remarks
Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

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