National Scholar Report: October 2020

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]. 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