Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Rabbi Klapper at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa

Shabbat, April 28-29, 2017

Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, Maale Gilboa, Israel

Rabbi Klapper will be giving a Shiur to the students at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa on "Is it Forbidden to Use Physical Metaphors for G-d? A Case Study in the Relationship among Truth, Law, and Authority".


Rabbi Klapper at Midreshet Ein HaNetziv

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Midreshet Ein HaNetziv, Kibbutz Ein HaNetziv, Israel

Rabbi Klapper will speak to the students of Midreshet Ein HaNetziv about "Is it Forbidden to Use Physical Metaphors for G-d? A Case Study in the Relationship among Truth, Law, and Authority".


Rabbi Klapper in Beit Shemesh

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7:45 PM

Home of Miriam Friedman Zussman, Beit Shemesh, Israel

Rabbi Klapper will speak about "When Ethics Challenge Emunah". This event is open to the public.

Facebook event: here


Rabbi Klapper at Midreshet Lindenbaum

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 8:45 AM

Midreshet Lindenbaum, Jerusalem, Israel

Rabbi Klapper will speak to the students of Midreshet Lindenbaum about "Is it Forbidden to Use Physical Metaphors for G-d? A Case Study in the Relationship among Truth, Law, and Authority".


Rabbi Klapper at Yeshivat Orayta

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 11:00 AM

Yeshivat Orayta, Jerusalem, Israel

Rabbi Klapper will speak to the students of Yeshivat Orayta about "The Rav's Understanding of Semikhah".


Rabbi Klapper at Yeshivat Har Etzion

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 1:30 PM

Yeshivat Har Etzion, Alon Shevut, Israel

Rabbi Klapper will speak to the students of the Gush about "What Sorts of Issues Can Be Paskened, and What Sorts Can't?"


Rabbi Klapper at Nishmat

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 9:00 PM

Nishmat, Jerusalem, Israel

Rabbi Klapper will speak to the students of Nishmat about "Is it Forbidden to Use Physical Metaphors for G-d? A Case Study in the Relationship among Truth, Law, and Authority".


Rabbi Klapper in Jerusalem

Friday, May 5, 2017, 10 AM

Kehilat Yedidya, Jerusalem, Israel

Rabbi Klapper will give a public shiur on "Can There Be a Halakhah Independent of Ethics?".

Facebook event: here


Summer Beit Midrash 2017

July 2, 2017-August 11, 2017

Young Israel of Sharon, Sharon, MA

Join SBM's 21st summer as we learn about "Mental Disabilities in Jewish Law."

Find more information here. Apply here.


Midreshet Avigayil 2017

August 13-24, 2017

Young Israel of Sharon, Sharon, MA

High school girls who love learning Torah are invited to participate in a summer program where they will be able to learn Talmud at a high level.

Find more information here. Apply here.


Past Events (2016-2017)

Advanced Brisk for Beginners

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Congregation Or Torah, Skokie, IL

Rabbi Klapper spoke before Minchah on the second day of Pesach about Rav Chayim Soloveitchik on the Obligation to Eliminate Chametz.


Morality and the Memory of Mitzrayim

Shabbat, April 8, 2017

Kehilat Chovevei Tzion, Skokie, IL

Rabbi Klapper spoke Shalosh Seudot, based on an article he wrote recently for the Jewish Press. 


Rabbi Klapper at Stern College Mishmar

Thursday, March 30, 2017

7th Floor Beit Midrash, Stern College for Women, New York, NY

Rabbi Klapper gave Mishmar at Stern College for Women on the topic of: "Is it Forbidden to Use Physical Metaphors for G-d? A Case Study in the Relationship among Truth, Law, and Authority"


Rabbi Klapper comes to YU

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Rabbi Klapper gave a Shiur at YU on the topic of "Lo Ra'inu Eino Ra'ayah: The Inference from 'Hasn't Been' to 'Ought Not Be' in Halakhah."

Facebook event here


Jewish Law Association Regional Conference on Social Justice & Jewish Law

Monday, March 27, 2017

Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Rabbi Klapper gave a talk at the Jewish Law Association Regional Conference entitled "(Why) Does Jewish Tradition Recognize a Halakhah Independent of Ethics? Anti-Reductionism and Some of Its Discontents."

Event page: here


Why a Ger Can Receive Semikhah: A Brisker Reconstruction of the Rav's Position

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Rabbi Klapper gave a Chabura at YU on a topic relevant to the recent discussion of Serarah.

Audio:  Part 1     Part 2


Does Halakhah Change When You Change?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at NYU, New York, NY

Shalhevet at NYU will host Rabbi Klapper for Mishmar, at which he will speak about changing Halakhah.

Facebook event here.


When Great Poskim Make Mistakes: A Case Study in the Relationship among Truth, Law, and Authority

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Harvard Hillel, Cambridge, MA

Harvard Hillel hosted Rabbi Klapper for a lunch and learn about Poskim making mistakes.


Installation Brunch for Rabbi Jason Strauss

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Congregation Kadimah - Toras Moshe, Brighton, MA

Rabbi Klapper gave the introduction at the installation of SBM alum Rabbi Jason Strauss as Rabbi of Congregation Kadimah - Toras Moshe.

Audio here.


Does Halakhah Change When You change?

Shabbat, February 4, 2017

Skokie, IL

Dr. Malka Simkovich hosted Rabbi Klapper for a talk, at which he spoke about changing Halakhah.


Domestic Abuse and Jewish Law

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Rabbi Klapper, Rachel Light, Elizabeth Schoen Vaner, and Rabbi Jeremy Stern participated in a panel moderated by Lisa Fishbayn Joffe on the topic of Domestic Abuse & Jewish Law. The panelists discussed the interplay between social justice and the Jewish divorce process.

Facebook event here.


Forbidden Metaphors? A Case Study in the Relationship between Textual Truth and Psak

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

GPATS at Stern College for Women, New York, NY

GPATS hosted Rabbi Klapper for a lunch Shiur about a Teshuvah Rav Moshe about Safek Avodah Zarah.

Audio: Part 1    Part 2


Winter Yom Iyyun

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe, Brighton, MA

CMTL Dean Rabbi Aryeh Klapper led a Winter Yom Iyyun, an exciting, challenging, and intense experience of reading responsa literature. This year's topic was "Marriage and Intent - Heter Me'ah Rabbanim". The 6-hour Yom Iyyun was an opportunity for CMTL alumni, community members, and friends to learn together in a collaborative setting.

Facebook event here.

Sourcesheet here.

Audio: Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6     Part 7     Part 8


Is Halakhah Law? Case Studies on the Role of Historical Truth and Ethics In Psak Halakhah

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Lindenbaum Center, Brooklyn, NY

Rabbi Klapper spoke at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah's Lindenbaum Center at their Yom Iyun. The Yom Iyun was on the subject of "Revitalizing Modern Orthodox Halakhic Discourse."

Event page (with audio) here.

Audio:   Part 1     Part 2



Does Halakhah Change When You Change? Experience, Identity, Ideology, and Law

Thursday, December 8, 2016

JLIC at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

JLIC at Brandeis University hosted Rabbi Klapper for Mishmar, at which he spoke about changing Halakhah.

Facebook event here.

Audio here.


Challenges to Faith: Law and Morality

Monday, November 28, 2016
Yeshiva University, New York, NY
Rabbi Klapper and Dr. Daniel Rynhold were hosted by YU's RAFT club (Religious Approaches to Faith and Theology) to discuss the impact on faith when one perceives a specific halakhah or halakhot as immoral. How does one who believes in their reliable moral compass understand commandments to the contrary, and how does that affect our faith in a moral God?
Facebook event here
Audio here
Article about the event here

Rav Hutner Theology and Modern Orthodoxy
Monday, November 28, 2016
The Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life at Columbia University, New York, NY
Rabbi Klapper discussed Rav Hutner theology and Modern Orthodoxy at the Columbia University Hillel.

Limits and Orthodoxy with R' Francis Nataf
Motzaei Shabbat, November 12, 2016
Young Israel of Sharon, Sharon, MA
“Limits and Orthodoxy: A Conversation about Halakhic and Hashkafic Boundaries and Inclusiveness”
Rabbi Francis Nataf (http://www.francisnataf.com/) is a respected, Jerusalem-based educator, thinker and author of several books and many articles on contemporary Torah commentary, including the Redeeming Relevance series.  
He writes, “We see fewer and few serious attempts to seek the Torah’s evaluation of new ideas and behavior… This is the way one treats antiquities: by protecting them in museums, they lose any relevance to the present. More important, this is not the way Jews have treated their Torah throughout history. From time immemorial, Jews have taken the risk of misinterpreting the Torah. They have done so in order to find guidance, inspiration and truth for themselves and their communities. This, perhaps more than anything else, has allowed our ancient Torah to be a living document for the Jewish people.”  
Rabbi Nataf
is currently working on a new book on Jewish political thought.
This program was co-hosted by the Young Israel of Sharon and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership.
Facebook event here
Audio links:    Part 1    Part 2

Three Views of Teshuvah: A Round Robin Discussion
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe, Brighton, MA
Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe and Center for Modern Torah Leadership presented an Aseret Yemei Teshuva Program with Rabbi Aryeh Klapper of Center for Modern Torah Leadership, Rabbi Noah Cheses of Young Israel of Sharon, and Rabbi Jason Strauss of Kadimah-Toras Moshe.
Topics included teshuva in the view of the Talmud, Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook, and Rav Aharon Lichtenstein.
Facebook event here 
Audio links:     Intro       Rabbi Klapper       Rabbi Strauss       Rabbi Cheses    

Money, Corporations, and Democracy: Moral and Religious Perspectives
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
Rabbi Klapper participated in a panel which addressed the moral questions that underlie issues of money in politics, corporate power, wealth, and democracy. Panelists spoke about the ways their traditions help them to approach these questions with thoughtful consideration, moral insight, action, and hope. Other panelists included Soujourners founder Jim Wallis, Cambridge City Councillor Nadeem Mazen, President of American Promise Jeff Clements, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, and recent Harvard Divinity School alum Tajay Bongsa. The panel was moderated by Harvard Divinity School's Professor Dan McKanan.
Facebook event here
Video here or here

Lashon Hara in the 21st Century: Navigating the Real World
Monday, September 12, 2016
Mount Sinai Jewish Center, New York, NY
MSJC hosted a conversation between Rabbi Aryeh Klapper and Rabbi Daniel Feldman, moderated by Davida Kollmar. They addressed the effects of lashon hara, the balance between the good of true knowledge and the bad of spreading negative information, in the realms of journalism, shidduchim, politics, and everyday life.
Facebook event here
Audio link here

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