Author Archives for Doron Levine

It’s Time to Start Talking About Israel

September 11, 2014 3:36 pm Published by 1 Comment

There was certainly no shortage of news to discuss this summer. Between ISIS, the Ebola outbreak, the downed Malaysian plane in Ukraine, the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, and the tragic death of Robin Williams, the news seemed to never stop coming. One story that captured a large portion of mainstream media attention as well as the consciousness of our Jewish community was obviously the situation in Israel and Gaza. I am certain that I do not need... Read more

Reflections on the Gaza-Israel Conflict and a Possible Solution

September 11, 2014 3:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On June 30th, the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, Gilad Sha’ar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel, were found by a civilian search team in the Gush Etzion area. The State of Israel accused Hamas, while Israel’s counterparts in the international community were skeptical. Recently, Hamas confirmed and celebrated that it was two known operatives who carried out this atrocious act. In response, Israel decided to launch Operation Protective Edge, a large scale ground offensive on the Gaza Strip... Read more

Budget Cuts and New Policies: How Changes to the Cafeteria Will Affect You

September 10, 2014 5:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As returning students to Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus know all too well, every year brings new changes to how YU operates. This year is no different, especially within Dining Services, the cafeteria, and the meal options on campus, as the department seeks to revamp its offerings and update its services to best serve the students given the University’s financial situation. One major change within the Furman Dining Hall is the two different areas of cash registers: one pair to service... Read more

News Briefs

September 10, 2014 5:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Lawsuit Dismissal Upheld Last Thursday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to uphold the dismissal of the $680 million lawsuit that sought to shine a light on the claims of sexual abuse almost 35 former students of Yeshiva University’s MTA high school. Deciding that the statute of limitations had expired on the case, in which the first claims “were brought more than 20 years after the last plaintiff left,” as reported by the New York Law Journal. Though the... Read more

ALS Challenge Brings Buckets of Ice and Charity to YU

September 10, 2014 5:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Since early 2014, people all over North America have been issuing each other nominations in order to raise money for various charities and organizations, from Feed The Deed to Chug a Coke for the IDF. The big shift to ALS and ice buckets only came in late July when Peter Frates, former captain of the Boston College baseball team, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, took the Ice Bucket Challenge in Fenway Park. With the Challenge, in which participants... Read more

Yellow Cartons and Elevator Lines: Another Orientation in the Books

September 10, 2014 5:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

August 20th marked the beginning of this year’s Fall Orientation, the start of a journey for a new class of first-year Yeshiva University students. Move-in day kicked it off, as as bag-toting students entered Belfer Hall, greeted by faculty and student leaders. There, they received information on the days ahead as well as dormitory assignments. With informative sessions throughout campus, a lot of unpacking, and chances to hear from faculty and meet one another, the students quickly became acquainted with... Read more

Yeshiva Zman Kickoff

September 10, 2014 5:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It is that time again. Some of us have been looking forward to it the whole summer. Others might be somewhat less excited. Regardless, we are all back in YU. With another return to YU comes the beginning of the new yeshiva zman, a time for Jewish exploration and growth. The new yeshiva zman was ushered in by a kennes in the Lamport Auditorium. It featured speeches from President Richard M. Joel, Rabbi Menachem Penner, and Rabbi Mordechai Willig. The... Read more

Comings and Goings at YU

September 10, 2014 5:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Over the summer, many staffing changes occurred at Yeshiva University across the administration and faculty. While some changes were surprising and others were expected, the impact of these changes will be felt by departments ranging from Athletics to Bible to Finance. In the Admissions Office, Geri Mansdorf was appointed Director of Undergraduate Admissions, a position previously occupied for almost 25 years by Michael (Moish) Kranzler. Mrs. Mansdorf, who holds a Master’s degree in Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of... Read more

Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz: A Humble Life of Torah

September 10, 2014 5:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A new era in the lives of first-year students began on Wednesday, August 20th with the first day of orientation and coincided with the end of another.  Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS for half a century, passed away August 19th at the age of 104. His funeral was held in the Glueck Beit Midrash the following day.  Rabbi Yankelewitz was one of the last Alter Mirrers, original students of the legendary Mirrer Yeshiva.  With the outbreak of World... Read more


September 10, 2014 5:10 pm Published by 3 Comments

In 1934, my grandfather, Opa Benno, immigrated to Detroit from Alsfeld, Germany, a town once known for its striking synagogue and now known for its restored medieval fortress. Friends tried to persuade Hermann, Benno’s father, to wait. After all – they insisted – Hitler would be gone in six months. Hermann’s prescient reply, as relayed by my grandfather, remained steadfast: “When he’s gone, the children will come back speaking English and with broadened horizons.” Today, no Jews live in Alsfeld.... Read more