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Programs: The heart of the Summer Beit Midrash is a seven week summer institute, which trains community builders through an innovative combination of intense community-conscious study and hands-on community interaction. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis and include housing, food, and a competitive stipend. The intellectual focus of the institute is a Talmud shiur (lecture) that seeks to integrate textual and conceptual analysis with halakhic decision making, metahalakhic understanding, and moral reflection. The shiur builds toward the writing of a practical teshuvah (halakhic responsum) on a case chosen to emphasize the ethical and formal challenges of halakhic decision making. Fellows critically review each other

Mission:

  The mission of the Center for Modern Torah Leadership is to model and foster a vision of fully committed halakhic Judaism that

·         embraces the intellectual and moral challenges of modernity as spiritual opportunities,

·         recognizes that ideas and rhetoric have consequences, and takes responsibility for the societal implications of its interpretations of Torah,

·         understands that the real-world effects of Torah are mediated by the character of Torah leaders, and that self-knowledge is therefore essential for Torah leadership, and

·         takes the ultimate significance of all human beings as tzelem Elokimas a fundamental Torah principle.

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10/15/09
I am Rabbi Klapper's daughter. He runs a program called the Center for Modern Torah Leadership. While I was not actively involved in the program, I feel that I made friends with most of the other people there. While there I saw the most oustanding example of a community that I have ever been ... more »
10/13/09
I participated in the Summer Beit Midrash program and had a wonderfully rewarding experience. I have also participated in the campus seminars run by its staff, and found those of similar caliber. Lastly, I enjoy the many online recordings of lectures and programs available on their web site... more »
10/09/09
Attending the Summer Beit Midrash program, I was offered the opportunity to learn on an extremely high level with a people who truly cared about Judaism. I learned not only Torah and how to learn it, but I learned to appreciate it and revel in it on a deeper level than ever before... more »
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