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Tzvi Sinensky

Tzvi Sinensky
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Tzvi Sinensky is Rosh Yeshiva of the Gur Aryeh program at Main Line Classical Academy, Director of the Lamm Heritage Archives at Yeshiva University, and a research analyst at Burning Glass Technologies. He is pursuing his PhD in Jewish Philosophy at on the subject of rabbinic conceptions of masculinity at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. A popular lecturer and author, Rabbi Sinensky completed three book-length series published by Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Virtual Beit Midrash. His interdisciplinary high school course on Jewish & Western philosophy and the humanities was awarded the inaugural Kohelet Prize. Rabbi Sinensky lives in Lower Merion, PA, with his wife and three children.

The Myth of Jewish Male Menstruation

In older times, Christian New Year’s Day celebrations were sometimes marked by antisemitic incidents. Although such days are behind us, Tzvi Sinensky recalls the antisemitic canard that Jewish men menstruated, a pervasive and disturbing myth that demeaned Jews and all women.

Masculinity and the Hanukkah Hero: Toward a New Interpretation of Biblical Gevurah

The Maccabees were renowned as gibborim. But what exactly is gevurah, and what does it mean for dicussions about manhood and Zionism? Tzvi Sinensky uses Hanukkah as a starting point for this contemporary conversation.

(Re)reading Shir ha-Shirim during Covid-19

Tzvi Sinensky argues compellingly for a new way to understand the relationship between Shir HaShirim and Pesach in times of quarantine.

The Passover Pandemic

In a piece that resonates today, Tzvi Sinensky examines what made the Jews' salvation from the plague of the firstborns so miraculous.

Esther the Queen, Hester Prynne, and The Scarlet Letter as Biblical Commentary

Tzvi Sinensky explores the hidden world of Esther with the help of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Between “Reid” and Learning: Behag on Sefirat Ha-Omer

Tzvi Sinensky comments on the pitfalls of being overly dependent on the "Talmudic reid."

Mikra Bikkurim at the Seder: A View from Deuteronomy

Tzvi Sinensky suggests that we can best understand the Haggadah against the backdrop of Sefer Devarim.

Vashti: Feminist or Foe?

Tzvi Sinensky contends that the rabbinic and feminist readings of Vashti are not diametrically opposed.

Unorthodox? How Megillat Esther Justifies the Holiday of Purim

Tzvi Sinensky suggests that the Megillah itself confronts the question of Purim's legitimacy.

Haggai: Prophet of Elul

Tzvi Sinensky on how Sefer Haggai unlocks the meaning of Hodesh Elul.