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March 11, 2008

Mark Your Calendars

Professor Saul Lieberman's 25th yartzeit is coming up. UTJ has a memorial program scheduled featuring Dr. Elijah Schochet, "“The Prioritization of Human Life in Halakhah and Aggadah.”

Details after the jump in the extended post…

Rabbi Professor Saul Lieberman
הגאון רבינו שאול (הגר"ש זצ"ל)
25th Yahrzeit Lecture

Monday, April 14, 2008
9 Nisan 5768
6:30 p.m.

Dr. Elijah J. Schochet
Professor of Rabbinic Studies
Los Angeles, CA

“The Prioritization of Human Life in Halakhah and Aggadah”

JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue, at 76th Street, NYC

Reservations encouraged – please RSVP by April 7
Please call: 201-801-0707, ext. 200
0r e-mail:  office@utj.org



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the utj is not the biggest organization out there by any means, but it's probably the purest i know when it comes to humility and halachic commitment. On many issues they are often stricter than some of the so-called Left Wing O groups,but they are not into the crazy chumrot or selling halacha's leniencies to be more palatable to the RW element in much of today's O world.

Just as the Torah was not given on the biggest mountain, the UTJ is not a giant organization and i don't expect it to be tomorrow's RCA. at the same time, its approach is rational, sensible, sensitive and, perhaps most importantly, not politically driven.

as a disclaimer, I am Orthodox, grew up through the Young Israel and Bnai Akiva, studied in yeshiva and keep all of my O affiliations. I'm also an active UTJ member. I joined it about a decade ago after discussing my potential enlistment with some Orthodox rabbis who privately said they were grateful for a UTJ, but that they could not formally affiliate with it because it would be a career-buster. Perhaps since i don't mind busting myself:), i joined the organization and have never regretted it.


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