Endorsements and Testimonials

"The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and Rabbi Aaron Herman are to be congratulated for their challenging course, The Land and The Spirit, in which the spiritual values and centrality of the Land of Israel are expounded through a fascinating range of religious and secular texts. These texts span a remarkably wide range of opinions, from Moses to Herzl, from Rashi to Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, from Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson to Natan Sharansky ("There is No Zionism Without Judaism"), from the Talmud to the opinion writers of the Jerusalem Post. These texts, like the course itself, will serve a noble cause in stimulating thought and encouraging understanding."
Sir Martin Gilbert, Leading Historian Official Biographer of Sir Winston Churchill

"I strongly support this Rohr JLI course, as information is our defense against the repetition of history, and keeping memory alive is our moral obligation."
Simon Wiesenthal, A"H

"I found the Rohr JLI course You Be The Judge fascinating. If my first-year students had been exposed to this material before starting law school, they would be better prepared for the rigors of the Socratic method."
Professor Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

"The story of our people is filled with tales of leadership and vision, kindness and compassion. These are the gifts that enriched our own communities, and they are gifts we have shared with others around the world. The past provides us the inspiration to continue to work for the betterment of society."
Marlene Post, President, Hadassah International, Chair for North America, Birthright Israel (Taglit)

"I applaud your efforts to create and offer this insightful, outstanding program to the wider community. By bringing great minds, hearts and souls together in learning, reflection and commitment, the victory of the bright flame of sacred life over evil and tyranny is much strengthened."
Fred S. Zeidman, Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

"Everyone, whether they be a lay person or a judge, often times struggle to do what is just and right. Learning from the great writings of the ages, such as the Talmud, and in courses like the Rohr lectures serve to bring insights to our thinking and help all of us to make sounder judgments."
Alvin Weiss, Retired Judge, New Jersey Superior Court

"As a Professor of Jewish Law and American Legal Theory, I often point to the way in which Jewish civil law incorporates ethics within a distinctly legal framework. JLI's course, You Be The Judge Two, offers a fascinating context for exploring the relationship of law and ethics and shows the unique contribution that the Talmudic system can make to this central issue."
Professor Suzanne Stone, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law / Yeshiva University

"My experience with a previous JLI course greatly impressed me, with how applicable these Torah-based lessons and insights are to encouraging healthy interpersonal relationships. What I learned from previous courses has been of great value professionally and personally. I highly recommend this new course and trust that participants will find its wisdom relevant to their daily lives."
Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist; Professor, Department of Counseling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

"It is impossible to understand present-day Jewry and Judaism without learning about the Holocaust and the moral and religious questions it raises. The planned Rohr JLI course, Beyond Never Again, is a most valuable contribution to the effort."
Professor Dan Michman, Chief Historian, Yad Vashem: Israel Holocaust Memorial Museum Chair, Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

"Many thanks for sharing with me the exciting Rohr JLI curriculum of You Be The Judge and for the excellent idea of bringing the treasure of Jewish law, a major point of Jewish life and Jewish ethos, to the attention of interested people."
Elyakim Rubinstein, Israeli Supreme Court Justice, Former Attorney General of Israel

"Talmud is concerned with the role of the human reasoning in the interpretation and application of a 'revealed law'. Hence the relevance attributed by Talmudic law to the quality and subtlety of the reasoning in the interclash of opinions."
Dr. Celso Lafer, Chair, Faculty of Law, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Former Minister of Foreign Relations of the Federated Republic of Brazil

"Bravo - the Rohr JLI has done it again. This new series looks superb. This promises to be yet another exciting, path-breaking journey in Jewish learning!"
Professor Gil Troy, Department of History, McGill University

"In reasoned discourse and telling wonderful stories along the way, Rabbi Eli Silberstein gives us in this book real insight into the way the Talmud applies the law to the actions of individuals and their property."
Professor Roald Hoffman, Nobel Prize Laureate Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University

"Art imitates life. The best stories in the world are true. You Be The Judge is a great opportunity to learn about Jewish law through the drama and excitement of real people and real cases. I highly recommend it."
Michael Helfant, President and COO, Marvel Studios

"I think of this course as 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Jews.' It provides a Jewish road map for finding the path to psychological health."
Steven E. Rothke - Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Northbrook, IL Clinical Professor, Northwestern University Medical School

"I was so impressed. The course was fantastic, and the readings in the book were nothing short of remarkable. . . . My sincerest thanks for a wonderful learning experience."
Jessica Klein Levenbrown, Award-winning television writer and producer, Los Feliz, CA

"I am delighted to learn that the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute has created the course entitled Flashbacks in Jewish History. The great encounters between Judaism and its surrounding civilizations are of paramount importance for anyone seeking to understand Jewish life in the past as well as in the present."
Professor Jonathan D. Sarna, Director, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

"It is history that gives humans the sense of immortality and a bond that transcends passing differences. I applaud JLI for launching this worldwide study of Jewish history, a unique opportunity to rediscover our collective identity."
Professor Judea Pearl (Father of Daniel Pearl), Director, Cognitive Systems Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles

"The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute's course on The Land and the Spirit informs the mind and inspires the soul, a "must-see" for those learning about and advocating for Israel. JLI's global educational initiative continues to be an incubator for twenty-first century Jewish leadership."
Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations

"To ensure the future of the Jewish people, we must understand our past, and the links of our past to our present. I congratulate you on this exciting and challenging course."
Ambassador Alan Baker, Israeli Ambassador to Canada

"In these tumultuous times, strengthening our identity is critical. JLI's course, The Land and the Spirit, provides an intriguing opportunity to connect to our roots, to be empowered by a personal link with our people and history, and to understand our bond to Israel. It is only by drawing a clear line from the past to the present that each of us can chart a course for a creative, constructive, and fulfilling future as part of the Jewish People."
Natan Sharansky, Noted Soviet dissident, Former Member of Israeli Knesset

"The new course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute provides important insight about the uniqueness of Israel for all Jewish people around the world. We, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), proudly carry this message by giving back to the brave men and women who are protecting the land of Israel. We hope students attending The Land and The Spirit will come to more fully appreciate the sacrifices of the Israel Defense Forces."
Brigadier General (Reserve) Yehiel Gozal, National Director of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF)

"I am honored to add my name to the list of supporters of the Jewish Learning Institute's upcoming course "The Land and the Spirit - Israel: Why We All Care." Now more than ever, it is vital for Americans Jews to strengthen their bond with Israel, to get to know the land and the people and to experience the many facets of our beloved country. This course aims to appeal to all audiences, regardless of religious or political affiliation, and I applaud the JLI's commitment to creating an opportunity for open dialogue about an issue so central to our Jewish identity."
Barukh Binah, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest

"The JLI program admirably merges Torah learning with American jurisprudence. It encourages Talmudic scholars and beginners to appreciate American law and stimulates lawyers and laymen to treasure the Wisdom of the Torah."
Nathan Lewin, Honorary President of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

"Leadership is in a crisis - from business to government, from religious institutions to the UN, leaders have lost their moral compass. The Rohr JLI course offers 21st-century leaders of all stripes a crucial lighthouse in the sea of ethical uncertainty. Thank you and keep up the good work."
Thomas D. Zweifel, CEO, Swiss Consulting Group and Professor of Leadership, Columbia University

"As an International Law professor and lawyer, I often reflect on general principles that transcend particular culture and societies. Too often, people look at Law and Ethics as separate and distinct spheres. However, Law and Ethics are institutions that evolve together. The beauty of a course like Talmudic Ethics is that it shows us the potential of law to inspire a more ethical world. I highly recommend this course."
Luiz Olavo Baptista, President of the WTO Apppellate Body, former president and board member of the S�o Paulo Bar Association


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