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The Futility of Atheistic Belief: How Freud Proves that God Must Exist

January 3, 2017 12:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Today’s society presents a challenge for us Modern Orthodox Jews. When encountering the world today, the religious Jew faces the inevitable challenge of standing firm in his belief, loyal to his ancestral tradition, while not unnecessarily ensconcing himself in comfortable ignorance. It was the midst of this conflict that I found myself as an adolescent, and, in many ways, the quest for reliable truths and theological certainty has partly defined my young adult life. However, I am certainly not alone... Read more


The YU Republicans, Proudly Pro-(School) Choice

January 3, 2017 12:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Let’s try a little thought experiment. You have just been chosen to be superintendent of California’s public schools. (Your lack of qualifications is not an issue in an age in which Dr. Ben Carson is eligible to be Secretary of HUD.) You will oversee some 275,000 tenured teachers. Some of them are great; others merely average. A few are terrible – an independent study suggests that between 1 and 3 percent of them (2,750 to 8,250) are ‘grossly ineffective,’ a... Read more


What is a Mental Illness?

January 3, 2017 12:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I’d like to briefly, though also hopefully clearly and thoroughly, address a specific but significant issue that has been on my mind since Ben Shapiro’s speech at YU a few weeks ago. This matter, which was tangentially referenced in Doron Levine’s recent editorial, struck me as obvious at first, but it became clear to me after several conversations that it is far from clear. Before I lay out my claim, I ask the reader to please consider my arguments carefully.... Read more


Are Survey Courses Outdated?

January 3, 2017 12:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Every YC student is required to take a survey course, which is a broad introduction to a field of study. The Jewish studies requirements include at least one survey course on classical, medieval, or modern Jewish history. Many majors – such as psychology, sociology, and political science – require at least one introductory course. The history department especially relies upon survey courses, requiring two surveys of European history and at least one survey of ancient or modern historiography (in lieu... Read more


A Communication on Communication

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

To: Subject: Your Facebook Response Dear Stew Dent, I didn’t want to put this on Facebook, because I think that the best discussions happen without the burden of publicity, but I still feel that this would be an important conversation to have. I’ve been thinking a lot about how you replied to my article. I’m glad that you cared enough about my work to respond to it, but I also feel somewhat disrespected and very confused. I’m a decent... Read more


Never Again?

January 3, 2017 12:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Every year growing up, come May, our days became a perpetual shuffle to and from assemblies and speeches. For as long as most of us can remember we have been privileged to hear first-hand from people who suffered atrocities at the hands of the Hitler and the Nazi regime. We attended memorial services, and visited museums, be they in our hometowns, Washington DC, or Israel. I would venture to guess that many of us had the opportunity to travel to... Read more

How Not to Solve Social Issues

January 3, 2017 12:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In recent years, so-called “social issues” have become prominent in the American news cycle. These issues, which include acts of racism performed against minorities, and incidents of sexism directed at members of opposing genders, have received much media attention and have been cited by politicians, celebrities, journalists and common citizens alike as being highly important. Discussion of social issues increased dramatically in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012, the shootings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in... Read more


Why We Publish What We Publish

December 18, 2016 2:04 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It would be lying to pretend members of our editorial board don’t hold a wide array of biases and opinions, many times in conflict with one another. But I also am confident that there is one opinion that we all subscribe too—namely, freedom of speech. We may edit, touch up or rework articles submitted to us, but we never compromise the integrity of the opinions presented by our writers. While we reserve the right to refuse to publish a submission,... Read more

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On Social Justice, Jewish Law and Contemporary Political Discourse

December 18, 2016 1:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It should go without saying that one of the most sacred and fundamental functions of a university is to advance knowledge and understanding through the exchange of ideas. The Y in YU thankfully does not stand for Yale, which distinguished itself over the past year as the near polar opposite of what a university is intended to be — at least in the minds of many student activists there and the administrators who coddle them. Watch the video of students... Read more


On Showing Up

December 18, 2016 1:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Eager for a brief respite from the frigid and gloomy but not-yet-cozy atmosphere of early December in New York City, I spent last weekend visiting some friends at Yale University. As I explored the Gothic campus on Friday afternoon, with all its arches and quads and reading rooms brimming with students, I couldn’t help but compare it to Yeshiva University. As students chatted about their professors, perused the seemingly endless stacks of the Yale Library, and wove through courtyards and... Read more