Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg -  Shalom Carmy 

  • Professor, Bible and Jewish Philosophy, Yeshiva College 

  • Editor Emeritus, Tradition, Journal, Rabbinical Council of America 

  • Affiliated scholar, Cardozo Law School  

  • Former Columnist, First Things 

Areas of Expertise:  

  • Biblical theology and interpretation;  

  • Modern Jewish thought  

  • Religious Zionism;  

  • Interface of traditional Talmud study, modern scholarship, and theology;  

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Episode #1

Q: Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg – Professor Shalom Carmy – Intro 

A:​ Join noted historian Professor Shalom Carmy as he discusses the unique life and writings of the renowned, Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg. 

Episode #2

Q: Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg - Slobodka to Germany

A: The journey of Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg: from the mussar world of Slobodka to the neo-Orthodox Hildesheimer Seminary of Azriel Hildesheimer and David Tzvi Hoffman. 

Episode #3

Q: Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg – Survives the Holocaust

A: From Nazi Berlin, Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg is expelled to the Warsaw Ghetto. How does he survive the war? 

Episode #4

Q: Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg – Pre & Post WW2  

A:​ Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg’s classical halachic work or Responsa, Siridei Eish, contains an eclectic assortment of judicial responses on many critical issues. The work covers both pre-World War Two matters, as well as those topics facing world Jewry after the war. 

Episode #5

Q: Stunning before Slaughtering – Jewish View 

A: ​Germany's attempt in the 1920's to legislate and limit ritual slaughtering raised serious and complex issues for observant Jews practicing kosher laws. Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg penned a lengthy and scholarly study aimed at addressing this conundrum.  One aspect of this work included how to deal with the endeavor to mandate stunning animals before slaughtering. 

Episode #6

Q: Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg – Zionism, Women, Abortion 

A: After the war, from semi-isolated Montreux, Switzerland, Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg tackled complex issues including attitudes towards Zionism, women’s rights and abortion. 

Episode #7

Q: Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg & Leading Rabbinical Figures

A: ​Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg interacted with a wide variety of Rabbinical figures across the globe. Discover more about these unique encounters. 

Episode #8

Q:  Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg & Shai Agnon 

A: ​The story behind the story of when Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg conducted the wedding of Shai Agnon and Esther Marks in Germany. 

Episode #9

Q: Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg – Lifrakim & Mechkarim B'Talmud  

A: ​In addition to the responsa of Siridei Eish, Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg, compiled two important works,  Lifrakin and Mechkarim B’Talmud.   

Episode #10

Q:   Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg & the State of Israel 

A: What was Weinberg’s position regarding the modern State of Israel? 

And how did he respond to Ben Gurion’s famous letter to the “wise men of Israel” regarding the political hot potato issue, “Who Is A Jew?”.  

Episode #11

Q:  Why Study the Life & Writings of Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg?

A: ​What was special about the life and writings of Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg that deserve our serious study, contemplation and inquiry today? 

Full Interview - Shalom Carmy