Normal Activity

Published: November-08-2015       Author: Doron Levine

Watching all six Paranormal Activity films in less than two weeks was no simple task. These films had been on my To Watch List for some time already, so when the most recent installment in the series, called Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, was released on October 23, I decided to take the plunge; it was now or never. Currently playing in theaters (near you!), the film is being advertised as the final installment of a series that, over the... Read more

Book Review: The Nightingale

Published: November-08-2015       Author: Rachel Okin

“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” So begins Kristin Hannah’s emotional novel The Nightingale, a moving story about two women in Nazi occupied France. The novel follows the lives of sisters, Vianne Mauriac and Isabelle Rossignol, whose personalities could not be more different. Isabelle is a rebellious and impulsive eighteen year old girl. Vianne... Read more

A Despondent Celebration for Jonathan Pollard

Published: November-08-2015       Author: Dani Weiss

On November 21, 2015, Jonathan Pollard will be released from federal prison, according to the US Parole Commission. His release marks the end of a 30 year incarceration, much of which he spent in solitary confinement, that resulted from charges of passing sensitive intelligence information to Israel. Those who maintain Pollard’s guilt cite a number of factors to justify his punishment: The law doesn’t distinguish between the allies and non-allies with respect to espionage, much of the intelligence data supposedly... Read more

From the Archives: Jonathan Pollard

Published: November-08-2015       Author: Dani Weiss

The following is a summarized form of an article of the same title appearing in The Commentator on December 6, 1988 Pollard Unjustly Sentenced By Josh Fruchter On November 21, 1985, Jonathan Pollard, a US Navy counterintelligence analyst was arrested by the FBI on charges of spying for Israel. To avoid a public trial, the government offered a plea bargain, promising leniency in exchange for full cooperation and a confession. On March 4, 1987, after pleading guilty to the single... Read more

Students Take Back Computer Science at YU

Published: November-08-2015       Author: Binny Lewis

On the heels of last year’s successful Hackathon, the computer science club is ramping up its game for this coming semester. With a new and talented board, the computer science club is preparing some amazing events this year. These events seek not only to strengthen the currently defunct computer science department (the Computer Science Major exists within the Math Department), but to make available resources for all students on both campuses. We hope to empower everyone with the ability to... Read more

From The President’s Desk: SOY President Tuvy Miller

Published: November-08-2015       Author: Tuvy Miller

Hi everyone. My name is Tuvy Miller and I’m the President of SOY (Student Organization of Yeshiva) this year. I wanted to write about a new initiative that we’ve started this year. Several weeks ago, you might’ve seen signs around campus about a Community Shabbat. Many people were confused. Is this the “In-Shabbos” from past years? A project of the Shenk Community Shul or Mount Sinai? I’d like to take this opportunity explain the thinking behind the new Community Shabbat.... Read more

Chabad Club Continues Inspiring Students All Over

Published: November-08-2015       Author: Shmuel Grossman

On any given Thursday night from 10:15-11:15pm a constant stream of noise flows throughout the Klein Beit Midrash and the Muss dormitory situated right on top. This noise is not some blaring music coming from a party around the block, but the sound of one hundred students learning Torah. Every week the Chabad Club of YU hosts the Thursday Night Chassidus program, a long standing program in YU that brings together YU students and yeshiva students from the Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic... Read more

Einstein Deal Helps Yeshiva University, Though Not Without Problems

Published: October-19-2015       Author: Yechiel Schwab

On September 10th, 2015 Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Health System finalized an agreement transferring operational and financial control of Einstein Medical School to Montefiore. In recent years Yeshiva has reported large and sustained budget deficits, attributing somewhere between 40 to 100 million dollars a year of those deficits to the Einstein Medical School. This deal, which originated in a June 2014 Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions, marks a large and important step in Yeshiva’s quest for financial... Read more

Regarding the Building of Bridges

Published: October-19-2015       Author: Doron Levine

Peace is unsettling; quiet is disquieting. We students are so comfortable, so at ease in our environment, that we yearn for discontent, for something to mutter about. Towards the end of last year, a group of student leaders took it upon themselves to compose and publicize a student petition in response to frightful injustices visited by the administration upon the helpless student body. The petition was essentially a call for transparency – the writers demanded that the administration heed the... Read more

Book Review: Purity

Published: October-19-2015       Author: Etai Shuchatowitz

When somebody reaches a certain level of acclaim, there comes with it backlash. Almost as if people don’t want to believe that there exists a genius at the level he’s touted. Jonathan Franzen is absolutely no exception to this. He came to the public’s eye when in 2001 he published The Corrections, a novel sprawling many generations and multiple continents about a family in the modern age. It’s a monumental work and in my opinion worth every bit of praise... Read more

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