Renewing Our Spirit 2014

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13th Annual Conference in Memory of Nathan (Noteh) Krauss, z"l
Program Date(s): 
7:30 PM to 8:15 PM Sunday Dec 14, 2014
Leaders & Speakers: 
Batya Hefter,
Dr. Daniel Lagace-Roy,
Dr. Elliott Malamet,
Professor Asa Kasher,
Rabbi Aryeh Klapper,
Rabbi Shlomo Vilk,
Rabbi Simcha Krauss,
Sarah Cheses

Join us for our 13th annual conference, with fascinating lectures and hard-hitting, provocative panel discussions with some of the finest scholars in the Jewish world today. 

Special advance price: $40 by December 12

Conference fee (after December 12 at noon, door only) $50

Individual Session: $15

Lunch included for those who pre-register by Wednesday December 10th at 2:00pm

TiMPass holders  - no charge (please email us at to order your complimentary lunch). 

Students - no charge for program with valid student ID. ($15 fee for lunch)

To see our flyer, please click here

To purchase a TiMPass, please click here.  A TiMPass includes: free entries to all programs for a year, unlimited downloads from our MP3 library and a tax receipt to the maximum allowable by law

To listen to MP3 recordings of sessions at previous Renewing Our Spirit conferences, please click here. 

Sponsorships begin at $180.


Saturday night, December 13, 7:30 pm:

The Ethics of War: A panel discussion featuring

  • Professor Asa Kasher
  • Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
  • Professor Daniel Lagace-Roy

Moderated by Dr. Elliott Malamet


Sunday, December 14
9:30 am

Yehuda: Politician, Sinner, Leader

Batya Hefter


The Sense of Humour in Judaism 

Rabbi Shlomo Vilk

10:30 am

The Meaning of the Mikvah in Modern Times

Sarah Cheses


For the Sake of Heaven: The Religious Philosophy of Yeshayahu Leibowitz

Professor Asa Kasher in conversation with Dr. Elliott Malamet


What if a Woman Were Just Like a Man?  The Story of Beruriah and Rabbi Meir

Rabbi Aryeh Klapper

11:30 a.m.

Yitzhak: A Study on Control and Submission

Batya Hefter


"Undoing the Chains": The Creation of a New Beit Din for Agunot

Rabbi Simcha Krauss

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Panel

The Future of Halacha: A panel discussion featuring

  • Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
  • Rabbi Simcha Krauss
  • Rabbi Shlomo Vilk

Moderated by Dr. Elliott Malamet

2:15 p.m.

The Halakhic Rights of Ideological Minorities

Rabbi Aryeh Klapper


Israel as the Democratic Nation-State of the Jews

Professor Asa Kasher

3:15 p.m.

The Halakhic Methodology of Rav Soloveitchik

Rabbi Simcha Krauss


The House of David and the House of the Chasmoneans

Rabbi Shlomo Vilk