Yair Shahak: First Place International Chidon HaTanakh Winner

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Yael Eisenberg

Three of the following four clues (translated freely by the author) are referring to a biblical character:   1. Clean turban (tznif tahor)   2. Cake baked on coals and a jug of water (Ugat retzafim vetzapachat mayim)   3. Wadi Cherith (Nachal Krit)   4. A hairy man with a leather belt tied around his waist (Ish ba’al sear ve’ezor or azur be’motnav) Can you figure out (a) who the character is, and (b) which of the four hints... Read more

Changes at YU, Charted

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Shlomo Friedman

As a fourth year student on campus, I remember the good old days of YU. During this bygone bucolic era, Golan was free on Mondays, Glueck elevator doors opened instantaneously, and the Belfer wind tunnel simply didn’t exist. Imagine that, FTOC. At least, I think that’s what I remember; I’m not really sure now. After four years of intense schooling and thumpingly loud street music, it’s possible a neuron or two got fried. So how do we look back objectively... Read more

2016 in Movies

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Etai Shuchatowitz

Everybody keeps saying how terrible 2016 was. Just today I flipped through a New York Times retrospective of the year in pictures and it made me realize just how many terribly devastating things happened in this year. Brexit, a divisive election, a worsening crisis in Syria, a refugee crisis with no clear resolution…the list goes on. But, that feels so reductionist. Years aren’t solely bad, or solely good. They’re years – filled with good things and bad things. Things that... Read more

From the President’s Desk: TAC — Past, Present, and Future

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Hudy Rosenberg

My go-to fun fact is that I’m afraid of movies. When I share this irrational fear at a shabbat meal, people are always shocked. They are often confused and proceed to ask me a series of questions. What is there to be afraid of in movies? Are you also scared of TV? (Yes.) Don’t you know it’s contained in a small device and not real? (Really? I never knew.) A movie is a commitment of only few hours that you... Read more

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? How Identity Politics Fuels Division in a Time of Great Compromise

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Aryeh Schonbrun

If you haven’t been paying much attention lately, America is in crisis. This past election goes to show you that our dual-party system suffers from unprecedented instability (at least since Lincoln’s time). While President-elect Trump won the election, he did not win over the hearts and minds of America’s public. In fact, he trails his runner-up opponent Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes! I do not mean to question the merits of Donald Trump’s victory—he won fair and square—and... Read more

The Importance of the Annual Fund

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Ilan Atri

Many Yeshiva University students have never heard of our university’s Annual Fund. What is the Annual Fund, you might ask? The Annual Fund is the budget that is responsible for part of the funding for scholarships that are granted to over eighty-five percent of undergraduate students. The Annual Fund also provides both campuses with programs (such as clubs), shuttles, security guards, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. Educating a student costs roughly twice the average tuition, so the Annual Fund helps... Read more

A Journey on the Fresh Music Train

Published: January-03-2017       Author: Shimon Lindenblatt

On December 7th, Fresh 102.7, a New York radio station covering “Fresh Music…Better Variety,” held their annual holiday concert called “The Fresh Holiday Jam,” at The Hammerstein Ballroom. The show featured: Train, James Bay and O.A.R. (Of a Revolution). Over 1500 people packed the venue for the fun and enjoyable night of music. The Maryland based Alt-Rock band O.A.R kicked of the show with a set including both new and old material. Their set included their most well known and... Read more

From the President’s Desk: YSU — Chanukah: A Time for Reflection

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Jacob Herenstein

More and more over my past few years here at Yeshiva University, I have noticed the various message boards across all social media platforms that pertain to Yeshiva University. Most of the posts that I notice are complaints. People are complaining about how something is wrong with YU, or how our school has no money, or how the administration does not care about the school. These are statements that, besides not being true, have no basis behind them. The only... Read more

Expanding Your Musical Horizons

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Hillel Field

My morning trek from my apartment to class takes approximately seven minutes, give or take a few depending on my level of enthusiasm and the whims of traffic lights. Since the Washington Heights area isn’t exactly known for its scenic vistas, this routine can become monotonous quickly. As a longtime music lover, I figured after a few days that I might as well treat myself to a tune or two to occupy this chunk of time. A little musical pick-me-up... Read more

Laughter is the Best Pre-Medicine

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Michael Shavolian

In front of me lies a textbook so thick that it has to be the one I’m most looking forward to throwing in the fireplace at the end of the semester… or at least that’s what I find myself thinking when the coffee fails to kick in and I still have two chapters left to review. I roll my chair forward and it comes to a halt as its armrests hit the wooden table. I uncap my highlighter and begin... Read more

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