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Let’s Define Our Terms: Are We Really Yeshivish?

May 9, 2016 7:42 pm Published by 2 Comments

I don’t seek in this article to argue whether one should or shouldn’t be pro yeshiva-style events. I seek to define terms. Only once we define our terms can we decide what we are and aren’t for. Over the past month or so, time and time again, YP students in YU who generally are more into a “yeshiva style atmosphere” have been defined as “yeshivish.” No doubt, some students in YU are yeshivish. However the conversations which led to these descriptions... Read more

Why The Mazer Yeshiva Program Can’t Afford to Be Lakewood

December 27, 2015 10:55 pm Published by 6 Comments

It’s 9:23 am on a typical Monday morning. A student – let’s call him Moshe – in the Mazer Yeshiva Program trudges into the Glueck Beit Midrash (study hall), coffee in his hand and a dire need for coffee in his eyes. He sits down across from his chavruta (study partner), opens his Gemara Sanhedrin (book of Talmud about the judicial system), and begins to learn. 11:57 am. Moshe finishes studying the sources prepared by his Rebbe, closes his Gemara,... Read more

Homogeneity on Campus: What We Can Do to Broaden Our Horizons

December 27, 2015 10:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This university has a problem. There’s been a rash of self-congratulatory articles disputing the stance that YU has a lack of diversity. As an overwhelmingly white, religious Jewish, student body, I think this stance only serves to fetishize minority groups to make it look like we are an open-minded group of people. The goal of diversity on campus should be about inclusion and exchange of ideas that make us all more understanding and give us insight into the human condition,... Read more