All Posts: Lilly Gelman

Brookdale Menorah Lighting for Chanukah

Beren Campus Lights up 34th Street

January 3, 2017 12:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Empire State building wasn’t the only thing spreading holiday cheer on 34th Street this year. On Monday, December 26th, the Brookdale Residence Hall of the Beren Campus lit up the night with a window Menorah. Every other year, the Beren Campus Housing office organizes the residents of the building to light up their windows to make a building-sized Menorah – the biggest and brightest in all of Midtown Manhattan. Utilizing garbage bags to block out the light in some... Read more


Being a Jew at YU

December 27, 2016 7:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you, like me, follow the Yeshiva University Admissions page on Facebook, by now you would have seen the new ads stressing the unique religious experience on campus. YU has seemingly endless kosher food options, a plethora of Judaic studies courses, consistent Shabbat programming, and a schedule built around the Jewish holidays. As students of Yeshiva University, our college experience is not burdened by the stress of midterms during chaggim (Jewish holidays) or the inconvenience of extracurricular activities on Saturdays.... Read more


The Crown: Season 1 Review

December 18, 2016 7:04 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“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


Be Like Ms. Honey

November 27, 2016 9:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As midterms drew nearer, and the stress of studying for exams ensued, I found myself longing for elementary school days, when my greatest concern was who would be “it” during tag at recess, or whether or not I forgot my lunch-box on the kitchen counter. Having recently seen Matilda the Musical, a Broadway adaptation of the best-selling children’s novel by Roald Dahl, I found these same nostalgic feelings towards childhood and the naivety that comes with them expressed throughout the... Read more


BREAKING: Board Elects Rabbi Ari Berman as YU’s Fifth President

November 15, 2016 6:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Yeshiva University Board of Trustees voted today to elect Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman to succeed Richard Joel as Yeshiva University’s president. Rabbi Dr. Berman will become YU’s fifth president, joining the ranks of Rabbi Bernard Revel, Rabbi Dr. Samuel Belkin, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, and Mr. Richard Joel. The vote happened this afternoon in the Gottesman Board Room on the fifth floor of the YU Beren Campus building located at 215 Lexington Avenue. The result of the vote was transmitted to The Commentator by a number of... Read more


Thoughts on a First Time on Campus

November 6, 2016 9:06 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m not going to sugar coat it, this semester has been rough. Like many other students in YU, this is my first time on campus, and the adjustment has been quite a bit more challenging than I anticipated. On top of trying to force myself back into school-mode after a year long hiatus in Israel, I have also been desperately trying to learn the names of the buildings, the cafs, the dorms, and the campuses. The problem is that everything... Read more