Rabbi Kenneth Brander’s Lecture Topics

General Topics:

  • Ethics in Philanthropy: Should Synagogues and Jewish Institutions Accept Tainted Funds?
  • Is There a Glass Ceiling for the Role of Women in Orthodoxy?
  • Beit Ha’mikdash, Beit Ha’sefer & Mikdash Ma’at: Exploring the Contemporary Role of a   Synagogue and School
  • Synagogue – Mikdash Ma’at Creating Spiritual Spaces
  • The Karite Women Weds the Rosh Yeshiva: An Ancient Story with a Contemporary Message
  • Are the Rabbis Card Carrying Members of Green Peace?
  • A Green Torah: The Jewish Perspective on Environmentalism
  • The Future of Orthodoxy: Challenges & Opportunities
  • Exploring our Relationship with God: God’s Search for Man, Man’s Search for God
  • The Value of Atheism
  • The Value of Atheism: God’s Search for Man; Man’s Search for God
  • The Sanctity of Scandal
  • The Jewish Approach to Sexuality
  • Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up: The Jewish Notion of Redemption
  • The Ethics of War and Soldiering: Contrasting Jewish and Societal Perspectives
  • I Am My Brother’s Keeper: Laws of Areivut (Social Responsibility)
  • Martyrdom: It’s Place in Jewish History and Jewish Law
  • Exploring Halakhic and Philosophical Aspects of the Ten Martyrs
  • The Notion of Song: Crossing the Sea Daily
  • The Value of Sin: The Key to Personal Growth
  • Engaging the Community
  • Evolution and the Big Bang: Are they in Conflict or do they Compliment the Bible?
  • Free Will vs. Predestination: Is There a Purpose in Testing Abraham?
  • The Shattered Tablets: Understanding the Odyssey of the Jew
  •  Yom Hashoa: Theological Implications of the Holocaust

Spirituality Topics:

  • The Challenges of Spirituality: Sovereignty Or  Suffocation
  • Infusing Jewish Life with Greater Passion and Spirituality: The Challenge of Orthodoxy
  •  The Mystical Identity of Shabbat
  •  Chametz – A Spiritual Cleansing
  •  Yom Ha’Kippurim: A Day Hallowed in Fear or Honored in Joy?

Medical Ethics Topics:

  •  Oocyte Cryopreservation:Freezing Eggs, New Technologies to Help Single Women and Cancer Patients
  • Playing God: Can I Choose my Child? Surrogate Motherhood, Posthumous Paternity and PGD
  •  Playing God: Can I Choose my Child? PGD and Genetic Screening – A Torah Perspective
  •  The ABC’s of Treating Infertility
  • My Egg, My Husband, Her Womb, Whose Child? Artificial Insemination, Three Parent Babies, Posthumous Paternity and Surrogate Motherhood through the Prism of Jewish Law
  • The Ethics of Reproductive Medicine in Jewish Law: A Torah Perspective
  •  End of Life Issues Through the Prism of Halakhah
  • The Treatment of the Terminally Ill: DNR and the Use of Heroic Measures
  • Pain and Suffering in Jewish Thought
  • Abortion: Condemned or Condoned
  • Organ Transplants: Giving the Gift of Life – A Jewish Perspective
  • Gynecological Procedures and Their Interface with Taharat ha’Mispacha
  • Reproductive Medicine and Hilchot Niddah
  • Posthumous Paternity: Can One Become a Father after Death?
  • Medical Response and Treatment on Shabbat
  • Stem Cell Research – The Definition of Life as Seen in Parshat Mishpatim

Bible Topics:

  • Archeological Finds in Jerusalem:Illuminating Tanach & Halacha
  • In Search for the Sixth Book of the Bible: An Overview of Sefer Bamidbar
  • Scandals in the Bible: Kiss of Death OR Kiss of Deliverance
  • Stem Cell Research – The Definition of Life as Seen in Parshat Mishpatim
  • The Notion of Song: Crossing the Sea Daily
  • Evolution and the Big Bang: Are they in Conflict or do they Compliment the Bible?
  • The Flags and Camps of Israel: Understanding its Kabbalistic and Philosophical Topography
  • Free Will vs. Predestination: Is There a Purpose in Testing Abraham?
  • The Minority Report: The Recalcitrant Son -How can Judaism Punish for Future Bad Deeds
  • Shattered Tablets: Understanding the Odyssey of the Jew: (Explaining the Differences Between the First and Second Luchot and its effect on Jewish History)
  • The Lonely Man of Faith: Understanding Adam I and Adam II
  • The Role of Divine Intervention in the Halakhic Process
  • The Relationship between Moses and Aaron: An overview of the Book of Bamidar
  • The Story of Esther & the Story of Yosef: Bookends of the Bible
  • Abraham and his sister “Sarah”: Understanding the Wife/Sister Motif
  • The Timeless Donkey of Abraham, Bilam & Mashiach: Exploring the Odyssey of Our People
  • Is My Father Still Alive? Exploring Joseph’s Conduct with his Brothers
  • And God Tested Abraham: Why? Who Benefitted?

Holiday Topics:

  • The Holidays of Lotteries: Purim & Yom  haKi’Purim
  • Exploring Halakhic and Philosophical Aspects of the Ten Martyrs
  • Sefirat ha’Omer and the Students of Rabbi Akiva: Learning from Their Death, the Purpose of Life
  • U’Netaheh Tokef Understanding the Historic, Midrashic and Talmudic Roots
  • The Had Gadya Song: its Historical and Kabbalistic Meanings
  • Reflecting the Light of Chanukah Trough the Thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik
  • Rabbi Akiva’s Seder Table: Understanding its Historical & Philosophical Significance
  • The Mystical Identity of Shabbat
  • Chametz – A Spiritual Cleansing
  • Yom Ha’Kippurim: A Day Hallowed in Fear or Honored in Joy?
  • Yom Hashoa: Theological Implications of the Holocaust

Jewish Law Topics:

  • Inviting the Not-Yet Affiliated to the Shabbat/Yom Tov Table
  • Women and Talmud Torah
  • Women and Zimmum
  • Privacy: Hezek Rei’ya
  • Nip n’ Tuck: Is Plastic Surgery Permitted
  • The Role of Divine Intervention in the Halakhic Process
  • Martyrdom: It’s Place in Jewish History and Jewish Law
  • The Notion of the 613 Biblical Commandments: Fact or Fiction
  • Exploring Halakhic and Philosophical Aspects of the Ten Martyrs

Israel Topics:

  • The Modern State of Israel: Is Redemption Possible Through a Natural Process
  • Redemption Naturally: Moshiach and The Modern State of Israel
  • Zionism: Is It Diametrically Opposed to Judaism?

Topics focusing on Rabbi Soloveitchik’s thought:

  •  Memories of a Giant: Personal Reflections of a Student’s Relationship with his Teacher
  • A series of Lectures Dealing with Holidays and Shabbat through the Prism of Rav Soloveitchik’s Thoughts
  • Yom Ha’atzmaut and Religious Zionism through the Prism of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Teachings
  • Reflecting the Light of Chanukah through the Thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik
  • The Lonely Man of Faith: Understanding Adam I and Adam II

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