19 July 2013

One of My Favorite Rabbis - Rabbi Aryeh Klapper - Some Recommended Listening

Frequently on this blog, I have mentioned Rabbi Aryeh Klapper, particularly my involvement with his Summer Beit Midrash seven years ago (here, here, here, here, and here), listening to him at YCT Yemei Iyun (here, here, and here), other times (here, here, here, and here), and, of course, here.  Without falling into the danger of relating one's praise in front of someone, I am not going to discuss how impressively brilliant Rabbi Klapper is, generally and Jewishly and how utterly well-read he is, both generally and Jewishly.
The real reason why I am composing this present post is that I frequently reference Rabbi Klapper to other people, especially several of his online-recorded talks.  So, for their benefit, here are three highly recommended listening of his:
     - So Long But Thanks For the Fish: A New Reading of the Jonah Story
     - Did Hevel Have A Sense of Humor?
     - Writing Modern Midrash
If you enjoyed those three, here are some others:

     - Beyond Good and Evil: A Philosophical Reclamation of the Concept of Holiness
     - DNA Evidence in Mamzerut Cases: How Much Reality Can and Should Halakhah Acknowledge

     - Should Facts Affect Faith?
     - Maimonides and Messianism
     - What is the Purpose of Animal Sacrifice?

     - Dangerous Hava Aminas and Why the Talmud Preserves Them
     - What Should Klal Yisraels Immigration Policy Be?
     - Why Only Moses Could Redeem the Bones of Yosef

  If you are interested in more, you can check out this link for a cache of more!

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