December 14, 2015 — Professor Michael Helfand is featured in a JewishStandard article titled “An Orthodox lawyer at a Christian law school” in advance of two upcoming engagements in New Jersey. Professor Helfand will be a scholar in residence next Shabbat at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, and will speak on December 20th at Congregation Rinat Yisreal in Teaneck.
…Dr. Michael Helfand, 36, might seem out of place at Pepperdine University, a Christian university where a 50-foot crucifix stands out at the campus’s entrance.
Instead, he said, he sees the California institution as “the Christian Yeshiva University. It’s extremely familiar. It has a set of values that in many ways mirror my own, and those I grew up in. It has a very similar mission to that of Yeshiva: to take learning of a wide range and incorporate that into religious life. I feel I really understand the institution, and the institution understands me.”
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