We are pleased to introduce to you our Pardes Scholar for this coming year, Rabbi Will Friedman. Rabbi William Friedman was ordained by Rabbi Daniel Landes, former director and Rosh Yeshiva of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Harvard University in halakhah (Jewish law) and legal theory. He has studied at The Conservative Yeshiva, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and the Pardes Kollel, and holds an MA in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also taught, directed the Beit Midrash, and founded and directed Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study in the JTS Beit Midrash. Rabbi Friedman is passionate about the serious study of Jewish texts as a source of wisdom for negotiating the challenges of the contemporary world.