Daniel Landes

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Rabbi Daniel Landes

Rabbi Daniel Landes is the Director of Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and New York City.[1]



Born in Chicago, Rav Landes studied in Chicago with Rabbi M.B. Sacks, the Menachem Tzion; in Israel with Reb Aryeh Levin, the Tzadik of Jerusalem, with the great mystic R. Zvi Yehudah Kook, and with the Chief Rabbi R. Avrum Shapiro. In New York Rav Landes studied with the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik; and in Los Angeles with the Av Beit Din R. Shmuel Katz (on whose rabbinical court he served).

Rabbi Landes was a founding Faculty member of The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles (Director of Education) and of Yeshiva of Los Angeles (The Van Lennop Chair of Social Ethics), as well as Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. He was Rabbi of the Upstairs Minyan which he merged with the renewed Congregation Bnai David Judea – a center for spirituality, intellectual ferment and social action. He has taught for the Wexner Foundation for over 20 years.

Rabbi Landes came to Pardes in 1995 as Director and has been active in creation of advanced Talmud classes, Bekiut Talmud, the Fellows, PEP, the Kollel, the Executive Seminar Programs, the annual Blaustein and Brettler Scholar Series, Pardes USA and strengthening of the Pardes Beit Midrash. He is an exponent of Jewish Unity and also was the first Rabbi to be invited by Indonesia to speak publicly (at the Forum of Religions). He and his wife Sheryl Robbin, a social worker and author, write on Biblical and ethical issues.

Publications: Co-editor with Alex Grobman of Genocide: Critical Issues/ The Holocaust Editor of Confronting Omnicide: Jewish Reflections of Weapons of Mass Destruction Jewish Law commentator for the ten-volume interdenominational work My People’s Prayer Book (recipient of the National Jewish Book Award) Published widely discussed articles in Tikkun and Jewish Review Books, as well as other magazines, journals and newspapers.

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