National Scholar Report: October 2020

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Despite the COVID-19 era, we are grateful to continue to provide meaningful content via Zoom, publications, and other venues.

I just published my latest book, Cornerstones: The Bible and Jewish Ideology. The book contains twelve essays that explore aspects of our core values at the Institute.

The book is available at amazon:

or at our store:

I thank the sponsors of the book who contributed to the Institute to make the book’s publication and distribution possible.


We also recently published Conversations 36, which contains a remarkable array of essays by distinguished scholars, thinkers, and educators. It is available in pdf format, please email if you do not yet have one!


On October 19, I began a six-part series at Lamdeinu, Teaneck, on King Saul and David and the contemporary relevance of these gripping narratives. If you would like to join this class, please visit to register.

I will soon begin to study the Book of Psalms with the Beit Midrash of Teaneck. For more information and to join the Zoom sessions please contact Leah Feldman at These classes are free.


Here are some other recent teaching highlights:

On August 30, I participated in the annual Study Days in Bible and Jewish Thought with Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

In September, I gave a three-part series on Judaism and Humanity. You may watch the classes at

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

On September 30, I conducted a teachers’ training session to educators at the Academy of Jewish Thought and Learning in South Africa.

On October 7, I gave a lecture to the community at the Young Israel of Stamford, CT.

On October 15, I gave a lecture to the UJA-JCC in Greenwich, CT.


As always, I profoundly thank the members and supporters of our Institute for enabling us to disseminate our vision around the globe. We are constantly corresponding with interested people and are making a genuine impact with our classes and publications.

May God bless us all with good health,

Rabbi Hayyim Angel

National Scholar