All Posts: modern orthodoxy

The Heights Are Alive With The Sound Of Inequality

May 9, 2016 7:46 pm Published by 1 Comment

As a leading Modern Orthodox institution, Yeshiva University largely sets the tone for how Modern Orthodoxy is reflected in the world. For both Jews and non-Jews, each statement and every act committed by YU is under intense scrutiny and is often taken as reflective of the stance of the entire Jewish people. So when the model for the Jewish nation displays unfairness towards women and apathy for the arts, it’s concerning. It’s easy to write certain things off with classic... Read more

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

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Will the Real Jews Please Stand Up

November 29, 2015 1:46 pm Published by 1 Comment

My story begins as a young child studying in a Jewish private school. Here, Jewish foundations were instilled and accepted unquestionably by the students. My rabbis and teachers taught me right and wrong and many other various ‘truths’ which I eagerly adopted. As I got older, I started to develop my own thoughts and became the ‘troubled’ teen who would ask too many questions in class. My rabbi, would often dismiss me mockingly, along with my opinions and my ideas,... Read more

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Torah u’ Madda: It’s Time for a Female President of YU

November 29, 2015 1:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In May of 1908, seven students of a small school in New York City went on strike. They were fed up with the limited and unsatisfactory nature of the curriculum being offered at their seminary and the lack of study options made available to them. They wanted to enrich their knowledge through a rigorous, multi-disciplinary educational system; they wanted to be forced to think critically about their lives and to be challenged. Said one of the students, “…The school does... Read more

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United We Act

October 19, 2015 9:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s no secret that our beloved Yeshiva University is in the midst of trying times. As it was five years ago, it is still difficult to merely mention YU in conversation without inducing a sarcastic remark about its notorious financial predicament. What may be less obvious is that this challenging period comprises a critical juncture in the storied history of the institution. If last year’s academic “right-sizing” and the sudden appearance of YU Global were not enough to make this... Read more

Torah U-Madda: Give YU Some Credit

April 20, 2015 9:16 pm Published by 1 Comment

Yeshiva University’s motto, Torah U-Madda, attracts a wide range of students within the Modern Orthodox (MO) spectrum. Loosely defined, Torah U-Madda means combining Judaic and secular studies. It requires strict adherence to halacha and encourages the integration of secular studies. How secular studies are to be incorporated remains a great debate discussed by many. Historically, the ambiguity of this concept existed since its inception. Dr. Bernard Revel, YU’s first president, initiated the concept (he originally referred to it as Torah... Read more

A Responsibility to Include

December 17, 2014 9:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Oftentimes, our community struggles with balancing the desire for inclusion with the established norms of Jewish law. I feel that it is necessary for us to always promote a path of greater inclusion within traditional bounds. Exclusion is sometimes necessary, but should never be our guiding policy. Inclusion and exclusion are more than values, they are ethics. They shape how we view all other values, determining which values and laws we emphasize or downplay. The Jewish experience has taught us... Read more

Gender Inequality at YU: Men, It’s Our Problem Too

October 1, 2014 12:12 pm Published by 19 Comments

Earlier this month, in a speech delivered at the United Nations Headquarters, actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson launched the HeForShe campaign, a “solidarity movement for gender equality” that serves as a “formal invitation” for men to join in the efforts to end gender-based discrimination. In her speech, Watson argued that feminism—“the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”—is not just a movement for women, but one for men too. According to the campaign’s... Read more