We Are What We Eat: Cholent and the Cook-Off of 2011

Published: April-13-2011       Author: 

Russet potatoes sweet potatoes pinto beans kidney beans Bush’s baked beans chick peas pearl barley-hard-boiled eggs onions carrots mustard seed smoky-hickory-sweet-tangy-honey-barbeque-sauce tomato juice Heinz ketchup Frank’s Hot Sauce onion soup beef soup chicken soup Lawry’s seasoned salt Kosher salt fresh ground black pepper cumin Montreal steak spice rutabaga leeks chili powder fresh garlic garlic powder slice-of-lemon coca-cola half-fat full-fat beef pastrami spare ribs falling-off-the-bone-flanken hot dogkishka-in-the-foil and kobe-wagyu beef – pounds of it – slow cooking in sixteen bubbling crock pots, emitting an intoxicating haze of spice and... Read more

Messianism Through the Ages: Academic Conference on Roles of Messianic Thought in Jewish History

Published: April-13-2011       Author: 

On Sunday, April 4th, the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program hosted an academic conference entitled “Messianian Through the Ages” in Furst Hall. The program was the product of an effort spearheaded by several students currently enrolled in the Honors Program with the intention of bringing together a variety of scholars to discuss the topic of how Messianism has been manifested and understood throughout a wide spectrum of Jewish history, from the Second Temple era up until its modern day... Read more

The Holocaust in America: Yeshiva College during World War II

Published: April-13-2011       Author: 

The Commentator is beginning a series on the response of Yeshiva College students to the crisis of European Jewry in the 1930s and, subsequently, to the Holocaust.   The first piece focuses on YU students’ ignorance of the gravity of the Nazi threat and their assertion that America should not go to war against the Nazis.  Reprinted alongside this piece are two excerpts from The Commentator’s coverage of events in Europe.  The first describes an anti-war demonstration attended by YU... Read more

Stop Complaining About the ‘Off-Campus Fee’

Published: April-13-2011       Author: 

We’ve heard all the arguments already: students and parents vociferously rail against tuition or activity fee increases, while the university’s administration responds that to maintain the level of education and experience Yeshiva is providing, more of the fiscal burden must be shouldered by the consumers of the product.  Both sides have valid points, and both sides are entirely right from their own points of view.  But both could also do with a little humbling of their positions and an appreciation... Read more

Student Leaders, Faculty, and Administrators Discuss Relevance of Torah Umadda to Our Generation

Published: April-13-2011       Author: 

On Wednesday, April 6, the newly formed Torah Umadda Club held its first blockbuster event of the year: a panel of faculty, administrators, and student leaders to discuss the implications, meanings, and challenges of living a life of Torah Umadda. “Time and again I have heard people conjecture about the term Torah Umadda, often coming to different conclusions regarding its nature,” said Jina Davidovich, who organized the event, along with Miriam Apter and Zahava Singer of the Torah Umadda board... Read more

SAAC Success: Professor Evaluations to be Available Online in Fall 2011

Published: April-13-2011       Author: 

At the close of previous semesters, students completed evaluations for every secular studies course, and the Dean’s office compiled the data about each professor and his or her courses. After students received their grades, professors were able to read through the evaluations. After that, the only time the information in evaluations would again be perused was, briefly, during a faculty member’s tenure evaluation process. Students remained in the dark, never given access to the evaluation results they generated. This is... Read more

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