Sign In Forgot Password


Scholar in Residence Rabbi Michael Paley  
Rabbi Michael Paley is the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at the Jewish Resource Center of UJA-Federation of New York. He also teaches at the Columbia School of Journalism, City College, and the Ivry Prozdor High School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Newsweek magazine named him one of the 50 most influential rabbis in the USA. Prior to his arrival at UJA-Federation, Rabbi Paley was a professor of   Jewish studies and dean at Bard College, and vice president of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, where he remains a member of the permanent faculty. He also founded the Edgar M. Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel, and served as a chaplain at Columbia University and Dartmouth College. Rabbi Paley earned his bachelor's degree at Brandeis University and graduate degrees in Jewish and Islamic philosophy and science at Temple University. He was ordained at Yeshivat B'nai Or and was a student at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Jerusalem.


Tuesday, May 30-Tikkun Leil Shavuot

11:00 PM-12:00 AM: Rabbi Paley

"What Did We Hear at Sinai? Maimonides on Revelation”

In this session we will approach the Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides and look at his sections on prophecy and the revelation of the Torah. What happened that night and can we still hear the words of the Divine? What do we have to do to become prophets? Was there only one revelation or does it continue to this day? Maimonides tackles all these questions and we will work through his philosophic masterpiece on these issues.

12:15-1:00 AM: Rav Yosef 

“They Called Him Rebbi: The Greatness and the Flaws of the Master of the Mishna”

Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, commonly known simply as “Rebbi”, towered above the Sages of his generation and created the Mishna, as we continue to know it and study it today. Yet he had his detractors and critics as well. What were Rebbi’s goals, and why were they challenged by his colleagues?

1:15-2:00 AM: Rabbanit Alissa

“Bringing the Torah Down the Mountain: The Baal Shem Tov's Take on Shavuot and Second Day Yom Tov” 

It is well-known that the Besht, the founder of Chassidic Judaism, loved the second day of Shavuot. Why did he make such a big deal out of it? And how can we apply his teachings to our lives in order to make the 7th of Sivan all the more meaningful this year?

2:15-3:00 AM: Rabbi Paley

“Did We Hear or Did We See at the Foot of the Mount?”

The Miqrot Gedolot is the great Book of Commentaries on the Torah and is anchored by the comments of Moses Ben Nachman or Nachmanides who lived in Gerona, Spain in the 13th century and died in Jerusalem. He was a legal scholar and a mystic and we will revisit the question of what was heard at Sinai through his text on Exodus 19. Did we hear the Divine word or did we see it? Did it fill us up or did we hear district sounds and thoughts? How did Nachmanides differ from Maimonides and his other contemporaries like Ibn Ezra?

3:15-4:00 AM: Howard Wettstein "Religious Mystery"

4:15-4:55 AM: Rabbi Pam Frydman"Take Two Tablets, Marry Me and sing My Praises" 

5:05 AM: Shacharit


Wednesday, May 31- First Day Shavuot

9:00 AM: Shacharit

Drasha: Rabbi Paley Seeing the back of the Divine in Exodus 33"

6:00-7:00 PM: Rabbi Paley

The Temptation of Temptation: The Thought of Emmanuel Levinas”

Emmanuel Levinas (1906 - 1995) was one of the greatest Jewish philosophers of the twentieth century. Beyond making a contribution to ethics and existentialism he was an accomplished Talmudic commentator and teacher. His work on the Talmudic story that recounts the hand of the Divine holding the mountain over the heads of Israel is particularly compelling. We will engage with that text.

7:00 PM: Mincha

7:15 PM: Reb Mimi Feigelson - "Indoctrination, Revelation, Romance: The Anatomy and Autonomy of Sinai" 

8:20 PM: Ma'ariv

Candlelighting and dinner preparations: After 8:42 PM


Thursday, June 1-Second Day Shavuot

9:00 AM: Shacharit

9:30 AM: Teen Minyan in the Projection Room

9:45 AM: Shirat Chana in the Beit Midrash after Hallel for women only!

Drasha: Rav Yosef

6:00-7:15 PM: Marilynn Lowenstein Twilight Tikkun - Rena Selya - " Sisterhood is Powerful: Women and Wisdom in Tanach"

7:20 PM: Mincha

7:35-8:35 PM: Rabby PaleyCan we still stand at Sinai?”

This exploration will center around the thought of Franz Rosenzweig,(1886 - 1929) who was the greatest force for creating a modern intellectual approach to Judaism in the early twentieth century. His magnificent Star of Redemption is a classic and his vision of the narrative of Jewish life was revolutionary. We will dialogue with his thought in order to move forward in developing our own vision of Torah and its responsibility. Fashioning our own response to revelation will be our focus.

8:40 PM: Ma'ariv

shavuot learning for all!

YP Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Join YPs at the Rabbi Dr. David S. Blumofe
Memorial Tikkun Leil Shavuot Learning in a night of learning, fun, and food! For the past six years, Noah and Sandy Blumofe have opened their home to the YPs to learn Torah and BBQ, and this year is no different! We will hear Shiurim, learn and eat together from 11:15 PM-3:00 AM at the Blumofe home and join the rest of BDJ for the remainder of Tikkun and Shacharit. This wonderful evening/morning is sponsored by the Blumofe Family in honor of Noah’s father, Rabbi Dr. David Blumofez”l.

For more info email Tzvi at


 11:15 PM-11:45 PM: Dr. Leon Moskatel Jewish Calendar on Mars“

11:55 PM-12:55 AM: Rabbanit Alissa “Bringing the Torah Down the Mountain: The Baal Shem Tov's Take on Shavuot and Second Day Yom Tov”

1:05 AM-1:35 AM: Ariel Stein “Angels and (Jewish) Demons Learning Torah”

1:35 AM-2:00 AM: BBQ

2:00 AM-2:30 AM: JB Berenson “The Deeper Meaning of the Letter Aleph”

2:30 AM-3:00 AM: Loren Berman “The Snake in the Garden: Friend or Foe” 




Tikkun Leil Shavuot for Teens  (Grades 6-9)

Come join us for an awesome night full of friends, fun learning, and food!

For more info email Dov at

10:30 PM: Meet at Beth Jacob

11:15 PM: Walk to B’nai David-Judea

11:30 PM: Panel in the Beit Midrash and Jeff’s

12:15 AM: Parent Pickup



BDJ Mishmar: Shavuot Edition

If you'd like a place to study with a chevruta over Shavuot, join us for a special installment of Mishmar during the Tikkun Leil Shavuot program! Pair up to explore a whole range of Jewish topics-from Torah to Talmud, from Halacha to Jewish philosophy - we'll have sources prepared, but you can bring your own materials, too. It's open to any and all levels.

Contact Abe at to be set up with a partner.

Thu, February 22 2018 7 Adar 5778