ATID's Jewish Educators Book Club A monthly discussion with Jewish educators and authors on books of note for the field of Jewish education. en-us Copyright ATID 2008-2017 1 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 0:00:00 -0500 ATID Book Club: Tanakh Companion to the Book of Shmuel ATID's R. Jeffrey Saks discusses YCT's Tanakh Companion with Dr. Yael Ziegler and R. Daniel Wolf. Tue, 15 Apr 2008 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts ATID Book Club: "Musar for Moderns" ATID's R. Jeffrey Saks talks with R. Elyakim Krumbein about his book "Musar for Moderns". Tue, 27 May 2008 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts ATID Book Club: "Footsteps of the Kuzari" ATID's Dr. Yoel Finkelman talks with Prof. Shalom Rosenberg about his recent book, "In the Footsteps of the Kuzari: An Introduction to Jewish Thought" (published by ATID and YasharBooks). Visit to order the volume or to download sample chapters. Sun, 22 Jun 2008 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts ATID Book Club: Siach MiLev HaMevukhah ATID's R. Jeffrey Saks discusses "Siach MiLev HaMevukhah" with editor and author Dr. Daniel Marom. Mon, 28 Jul 2008 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts ATID Book Club: Flipping Out? ATID's Jeffrey Saks discusses "Flipping Out?: The Impact of the Year in Israel" with co-author Rabbi Shalom Berger. Sun, 31 Aug 2008 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Christian Education Research? Jeffrey Saks and Yoel Finkelman discuss research into Christian education - and if it can shed light on our work in Jewish education. Sun, 16 Nov 2008 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Life Values and Intimacy Education ATID's Dr. Yoel Finkelman and Dr. Caroline Peyser discuss "Life Values and Intimacy Education: Health Education for the Jewish School" by Yocheved Debow and Anna Woloski-Wruble, and other issues related to sex education in Jewish schools. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Rabbi Soloveitchik's "And From There You Shall Seek" Jeffrey Saks discusses the new English edition of Rabbi Soloveitchik's "And From There You Shall Seek" (Uvikkashtem miSham) with Rabbi Reuven Ziegler of the Toras HoRav Foundation. Mon, 27 Apr 2009 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Rav Shagar's "BeTorato Yehege" Yoel Finkelman talks to R. Zvi Leshem about Rav Shagar's new book on learning Gemara as a search for God. Visit for more info on Rav Shagar (Shimon Gershon Rosenberg z''l) and his publications. Tue, 11 Aug 2009 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Koren-Sacks Sidder Dr. Yoel Finkelman on the new Koren-Sacks Siddur, and the so-called ideological struggle for Modern Orthodoxy. Tue, 03 Nov 2009 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts "Fresh Fruit & Vintage Wine" Discussion with R. Yitzchak Blau on his new book on Aggada. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts "Reasonable Doubts" Dr. Yoel Finkelman talks with Cheryl Berman about her new book. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Souls in Transition Jeffrey Saks and Yoel Finkelman discuss the findings of the National Study of Yoth and Religion in this installment of ATID's Jewish Educator's Bookclub Podcast. Mon, 26 Apr 2010 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts "Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities" Dr. Yoel Finkelman and R. Yitzchak Blau discuss Martha C. Nussbaum's new book, "Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities" (Princeton University Press) Mon, 19 Jul 2010 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts "Understanding Reb Chaim" A discussion with R. Yonoson Hughes about his new book "Understanding Reb Chaim" - a translation and interpretation of selections of Reb Chaim Brisker's chiddushim. Visit for more information on the book. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Open Minded Torah Jeffrey Saks talks with William Kolbrener about his new book "Open Minded Torah" (Continuum Press). Visit to learn more about the book. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts New Har Etzion Books Jeffrey Saks an Reuven Ziegler discuss 4 new books by and about the Roshei Yeshiva of Har Etzion - Rav Yehuda Amital zt"l and Rav Aharon Lichtenstein shlit"a. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Strictly Kosher Reading Jeffrey Saks talks with Yoel Finkelman about his new book "Strictly Kosher Reading" Tue, 20 Sep 2011 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Song of Teshuvah Rabbi Saks discusses Rav Moshe Weinberger's new edition, translation and elucidation of Rav Kook's "Orot HaTeshuvah" entitled "Song of Teshuvah" with the book's translator and adaptor Yaacov Dovid Shulman. Tue, 01 Nov 2011 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Rabbi Jeffrey Saks discusses the new collection of teaching and stories by R. Shlomo Carlebach on the Parsha with the book's editor, R. Shlomo Katz of the Carlebach Legacy trust ( Tue, 22 Nov 2011 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Rabbi Norman Lamm's "Torah Umadda" Rabbi Jeffrey Saks discussed the 20th anniversary edition of TORAH UMADDA: The Encounter of Religious Learning and Worldly Knowledge in the Jewish Tradition (Koren/Maggid Books) with the author Rabbi Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University, about the book's enduring relevance for Jewish life, learning and education. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts We're Missing the Point: What's Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix It R. Jeffrey Saks talks with R. Gidon Rothstein about his new book "We're Missing the Point: What's Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix It" (OU Press). Thu, 03 May 2012 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Shaul Stampfer and the History of Jewish Education Rabbi Jeffrey Saks talks with Prof. Shaul Stampfer about his two new books "Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth century" and "Families, Rabbis and Education" (Littman Library). Tue, 29 May 2012 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts The Koren Talmud Bavli with Rav Steinsaltz Commentary What do modern-day aesthetic considerations, computer graphics, and weigh in when re-designing the most iconic of Jewish texts, the Talmud Bavli? What is the future of the Jewish book? What does it mean to design a page of Talmud for an iPad? These questions and others are explored as Raphael Freeman, chief graphics guru at Koren Publishers ( discusses the newly released first volume of the Steinsaltz Gemarot in new English translation. ATID's Rabbi Jeffrey Saks is the host of the "Jewish Educators Book Club". Wed, 06 Jun 2012 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts The Rarest Blue - Conversation with Baruch Sterman Rabbi Jeffrey Saks discusses "The Rarest Blue: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered", Baruch Sterman's new book about the revival of tekhelet - Biblical blue (visit and The book is a riveting adventure tale, in which halakhah (Jewish law) and its interface with nearly every field of human science, wisdom and endeavour, serves as the main "hero" covering 1,300 years of Jewish history. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Volozhin Books Rabbi Jeffrey Saks talks with Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl about his new book "The Pillar of Volozhin: Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin and the World of Nineteenth-Century Lithuanian Torah Scholarship, and with Rabbi Eliezer (Leonard) Moskowitz about his translation of Rav Chaim Volozhiner's Nefesh HaChaim, "The Soul of Life" (the first full English translation of that essential work). Mon, 24 Dec 2012 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Stories of the Law Rabbi Jeffrey Saks interviews Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan about his new book "Stories of the Law: Narrative Discourse and the Construction of Authority in the Mishnah" (Oxford University Press). Why does the Mishnah, a legal code, contain stories, and what do their presence in that great halakhic work say about who the Rabbis were? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Nehalel Siddur Rabbi Saks talks with Michael Haruni, developer, translator and photographer of the new Siddur Nehalel about his conception for the integration of text and image to create a tool for kavvana. Visit for sample pages and more information about this important new siddur. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts "To Mourn a Child" Steve Savitsky of OU Radio talks with R. Jeffrey Saks, one of the editors of "To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Neonatal and Childhood Death." In this collection from OU Press Rabbi Saks and Dr. Joel B. Wolowelsky have assembled an anthology of personal accounts written by parents and other family members who experienced this devastating loss. In addition, there are essays by rabbis and healthcare professionals and selections from traditional Jewish sources. Wed, 22 May 2013 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts "The Light and the Light" R. Jeffrey Saks meets with poetess Courtney Druz about her new book of poetry "The Light and the Light" and discusses with her the role of poetry in Jewish life and education. To learn more about Courtney's books and writing visit Sun, 09 Jun 2013 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts "Would You Kill the Fat Man?" Rabbi Jeffrey Saks discusses a new book of moral philosophy about the famous "trolley problem", the point of "life boat ethics", and the role of philosophical problems and reasoning in education, with author David Edmonds, the co-founder of the popular Philosophy Bites podcast series (, a senior research associate at the Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford, and an award-winning radio feature maker at the BBC. "Would You Kill the Fat Man: The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and Wrong" is published by Princeton University Press. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts "AND EVERY SINGLE ONE WAS SOMEONE" "AND EVERY SINGLE ONE WAS SOMEONE" is a curious book - 1,250 pages long, with the single word JEW repeated again and again and again, column after column, 6 million times. Rabbi Jeffrey Saks talks about the book with its creator Phil Chernofsky, Education Director of the Orthodox Union's Israel Center in Jerusalem. They discuss the background story to how the project originated almost 40 years ago, and reflect on contemporary issues in Holocaust education. The book is published by Gefen Publishers. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts A Philosophy of Havruta Rabbi Jeffrey Saks talks with Dr. Elie Holzer about his new book "A Philosophy of Havruta: Understanding and Teaching the Art of Text Study in Pairs" (Academic Studies Press). What are the implications for moral education in using havruta paired learning in Jewish studies? Is it merely a technique or are there larger affective goals at work? How can teachers use havruta study to enable students to both challenge and support each other? Wed, 25 Jun 2014 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts FAITH WITHOUT FEAR R. Jeffrey Saks discusses a new book "Faith Without Fear: Unresolved Issues in Modern Orthodoxy" (Valentine-Mitchell) with the author, Rabbi Dr. Michael Harris of The Hampstead Synagogue in London. Recorded at the UK Limmud Conference. Wed, 3 Jan 2016 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts History, Holocaust and Education Recorded amid the tumult of the UK Limmud Conference, R. Jeffrey Saks chats with Prof. Deborah Lipstadt about her books ​"​The Eichmann Trial​"​ and ​"​History on Trial​"​, her views on holocaust education in contemporary Day School​s, and our need to stand up for the truth as she did in her victorious libel suit (soon to be a major motion picture). Wed, 3 Jan 2016 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts Parenting in Perspective Rabbi Saks talks with Rabbi Dr. Barry Kislowicz about his new book "Parenting in Perspective: Timeless Wisdom, Modern Applications" (Maggid Books, 2016) - Thu, 16 Feb 2017 0:00:00 -0500 Podcasts