Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen

rabbi nagen & ibrahimRabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen is a leading rabbinical figure in interfaith encounters in the Holy Land.  Rav Nagen studied Torah at a number of Israeli religious academies including Sha’alvim Yeshica, Har Etzion Yeshiva, and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) at Yeshiva University. He obtained his ordination from Yeshiva University alongside a B.A. and M.S. from Yeshiva University and Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Rav Nagen has published a number of books including Nishmat HaMishnah: Window to the Inner World of the Mishnah and Water, Creation and Divinity: Sukkot in the Philosophy of Halacha. He has also published numerous articles on
the Talmud, the philosophy of Jewish law, and Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Nagen has organized prayer vigils bringing together Israelis and Palestinians against religiously motivated violence.


One comment on “Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen

  1. Noel Rude Reply

    Interesting editorial today (May 19) on the sacredness of the land of Israel. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/18896#.Vz38hI-cGUl

    I’m reminded of a talk I heard years back by Vi Hilbert on this subject [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8156&PlayID=33]–her assessment of Chief Seattle’s speech was as you indicate.

    I’ve worked as a linguist, not with the Lushootseed of Puget Sound, but among the Sahaptians of the Columbia river. When they talk about the creation in their own languages they always call it “legislation”–“when he [their deity] legislated this land for us”; “he legislated the salmon in this land”; etc. I’ve wondered if ברא contains an element of this sense.

    Just for fun–given that שׂ is believed to have been a voiceless lateral fricative [https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A2%D7%99%D7%A6%D7%95%D7%A8_%D7%9E%D7%9B%D7%AA%D7%A9%D7%99,_%D7%97%D7%95%D7%9B%D7%9A_%D7%A6%D7%93%D7%99,_%D7%90%D7%98%D7%95%D7%9D], Chief Seattle’s name could be written סִאַשׂ.

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