Author Archives for Doron Levine

Why I left YU, and Why I’m Writing About It Now

January 4, 2017 12:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I started writing a version of this essay two years ago, during my final semester in Yeshiva College. My final semester, but I wasn’t graduating; I had spent the better half of the year filling out college transfer applications and now, as winter turned to spring, acceptance notices began appearing in my email inbox. That I was leaving Yeshiva College was not a secret. From the first day of the academic year, I told everyone who would listen—friends, professors, my... Read more


Letter to the Editor: Rachel Mesch

January 3, 2017 8:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

To the Editor, I am dismayed by the discussion of transgender issues in response to Ben Shapiro’s talk on the YC campus, and in particular by the language being used. With the term “transgenderism” Shapiro takes up the vocabulary of those who wish to cast doubt on the real, difficult choices faced by those assigned a gender at birth that does not match their own innate sense of who they are. “Transgenderism” is not an ideology, like feminism or socialism,... Read more


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Letter to the Editor: Alexander Chester

January 3, 2017 8:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

To the Editor, I’m a proud supporter and former student of YU (and also a graduate of MTA). But YU’s new advertising campaign is embarrassing. The campaign (see attached) makes three claims about other universities: Their sports teams play on Shabbat. Many have exams on holidays. And “other schools support BDS on campus.” Each of these is more preposterous and embarrassing than its predecessor. First, does YU really want to be comparing its athletics program to that of other schools... Read more


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Farewell Thoughts from This Business Editor

January 3, 2017 12:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s been hundreds, at least. Since I received the honor of joining the ranks of Commentator editors, I’ve received hundreds of pitches for articles from students and school officials. With each pitched article, I immediately flocked to the same question: would publishing this topic provide value to the students of Yeshiva University? That has been my driving force since I became Business Editor and before that, when I was a staff writer: Provide value and sometimes a voice to the... Read more


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Are The Big Four Accounting Firms and Grant Thornton as Great as they Seem?

January 3, 2017 12:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There is a harmful perception which is pushed at accounting students in colleges across the country and Yeshiva University is no exception. Students, professors and others are all complicit in allowing the advancement of this terribly false narrative. For various reasons, those with a voice who are aware of this inaccurate perception decide not to speak up. I am no longer willing to be one of those people. It is time to say what many won’t: Working at the Big... Read more


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Tamid Pitch Night

January 3, 2017 12:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Yeshiva University’s Tamid chapter had a unique opportunity on Tuesday, December 20th to present startup ideas to venture capitalists in a pitch competition. Tamid is a campus club with branches in colleges all over the country. Tamid’s program is designed to offer experiential business learning, with students participating in an interactive classroom curriculum during their first semester on campus, followed by hands-on experience working with companies in Israel in subsequent semesters. The pitch night event was the culmination of this... Read more


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Download Nexar Before You Drive Your Next Car

January 3, 2017 12:27 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As a young kid, I still remember wondering when The Jetsons’ futuristic world would become reality. More specifically, I dreamed of a future with flying cars whizzing around the world without any traffic or constraints. Although the technology for flying cars is still a work in progress, there is no doubt that our cars are getting smarter and smarter and I think in the next couple of years self-driving cars will be more and more popular. Driverless car technology that... Read more


Two Requests of The YU Board

January 3, 2017 12:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Yeshiva University Board of Trustees needs to be a bit less transparent. An opaque object, even if mysterious and unknowable, is at least perceptible to the eye; but the YU Board is as undetectable as pellucid glass. Any bird who’s ever had the painful experience of flying into a window will understand what I’m saying. Better to be translucent and at least noticeable than transparent and not visible at all. This is not a mindless screed against the Board,... Read more


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The Futility of Atheistic Belief: How Freud Proves that God Must Exist

January 3, 2017 12:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Today’s society presents a challenge for us Modern Orthodox Jews. When encountering the world today, the religious Jew faces the inevitable challenge of standing firm in his belief, loyal to his ancestral tradition, while not unnecessarily ensconcing himself in comfortable ignorance. It was the midst of this conflict that I found myself as an adolescent, and, in many ways, the quest for reliable truths and theological certainty has partly defined my young adult life. However, I am certainly not alone... Read more


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The YU Republicans, Proudly Pro-(School) Choice

January 3, 2017 12:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Let’s try a little thought experiment. You have just been chosen to be superintendent of California’s public schools. (Your lack of qualifications is not an issue in an age in which Dr. Ben Carson is eligible to be Secretary of HUD.) You will oversee some 275,000 tenured teachers. Some of them are great; others merely average. A few are terrible – an independent study suggests that between 1 and 3 percent of them (2,750 to 8,250) are ‘grossly ineffective,’ a... Read more