The Game is (Almost) On

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Shoshy Ciment

It’s finally happening. After an agonizing three-year wait, on January 1st, 2017, the fourth season of Sherlock will be released to the public. The premiere episode, entitled “The Six Thatchers”, will be the first one released of the three episodes that will make up the highly anticipated new season. Don’t be fooled. This isn’t a one-hour special that producers created to tauntingly dangle in front of Sherlock-starved fans. This is the real deal. All one-and-a-half hours in its full glory.... Read more

Dude, Get a Real Job!: The Illusion of Value in Today’s Economy

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Aryeh Schonbrun

As young college students, we are constantly reminded that our only true purpose in spending three or four years of our young, productive lives studying various fields of knowledge is simply to get a job. Though there still prevails among us a small coterie of brave souls who invest themselves in unpromising (at least financially) careers in the arts and sciences, most of us do not get the opportunity to devote ourselves to such interests. Instead, following the directives of... Read more

The Crown: Season 1 Review

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Lilly Gelman

“The Crown,” one of the many new Netflix original series, has gained quite a bit of popularity since its premier last month on November 4th, 2016. The show illustrates the life of Queen Elizabeth II, beginning with her sudden rise to power in 1952 after the unexpected death of her father — King George VI. Each season is set to showcase a decade of her reign, the first season focusing on the struggles that Queen Elizabeth faces as a young... Read more

What The Scope Can Teach The Onion

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Yosef Sklar

“Clickbait” humor has invaded the internet. In a comedic economy that measures success based on likes, shares, and traffic, the posts that thrive are those that are flashy and concise. As a result, our newsfeeds are filled with sixty-second BuzzFeed videos, Bad Luck Brian memes, and some links to “Ten things that only ___ people will understand.” One comedy news source that has flourished in the clickbait market is The Onion, whose articles are best known for their witty headlines.... Read more

Book Review: The Menorah, by Dr. Steven Fine

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Ari Abrahams

On a class trip to the Jerusalem exhibit currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a middle aged Orthodox Jew from Teaneck gets excited when he finds out Dr. Fine is in the museum. The man buys a copy of the book, approaches Dr. Fine and asks him politely to sign the book. Dr. Fine smiles and graciously writes the man a message in Hebrew before signing his own Hebrew name Shimon. Smiling he now turns exclaims, “who... Read more

Finding the Holy Dark in Fantastic Beasts

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Yitzchak Fried

“It is the ill-luck of the cultivated man,” wrote Dostoevsky, “to live in St. Petersberg, the most theoretical and intentional city in the entire globe.” Writing in the only truly modern city in all of nineteenth century Russia, and a booming center of the arts and sciences (this was the home of Mendeleev, after all), Dostoevsky could sense that a new age was dawning. And it made him apprehensive. He feared that people in the modern era would suffer from... Read more

Peres and Moral Leadership: Dreams and Lessons for the Future

Published: November-27-2016       Author: David Aaronson

In the current world of politics and diplomacy, it’s more than fair to question the existence of morality and wisdom in the minds of today’s leaders. At times, it seems that all we hear from government officials these days are messages of fear, incitement, and divisiveness. We often read about the inexcusable behavior of our leaders toward others and how they lack common decency and respect. We then ask ourselves: What happened to morality? When did decency disappear? Why do... Read more

From the President’s Desk: SYMSSC — Autumn in the Heights

Published: November-27-2016       Author: Akiva Koppel

Now that the Jewish holiday season has ended, we have returned to school with almost half of the fall semester still ahead. Some students around the country, in other schools, would probably be devastated if they woke in mid-November to learn that they still had an entire half semester ahead of them. I, however, am looking forward to a high-intensity, compressed semester lasting just two months. It is almost as bracing and invigorating as the cold weather that is certainly... Read more

Every Man’s Burden: A Call For a New Era of Benevolent Globalism

Published: November-27-2016       Author: Aryeh Schonbrun

I write to you in the wake of one of the most stunning elections America has ever seen, and I write in suspense and fear. I hope to God that the changes we now experience not manifest themselves as the harbinger of more difficult times to come, but I reserve the right to profess my profound skepticism as to the direction of the U.S. and similarly for the world at large. The election itself presents no novelty in itself (we’ve... Read more

Review: Gottesman Library Photography Gallery

Published: November-27-2016       Author: Shlomo Friedman

The story begins, as do most articles in these pages, with the inimitable Connie Rose. In the wake of her master-mural, which impressively drew the ire of both art critics and Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 141:1, much noise was heard and much suggested that the students of Yeshiva University design and paint the Nagel’s Bagels vault door. Other students, taking up the call, decided to express the artistic spirit of the student body in a different capacity. The Photography Club... Read more

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