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UTS Initiative Brings the Issue of Laptops to the Table

September 18, 2016 1:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

At the opening day Undergraduate Torah Studies ceremony on August 29, Rabbi Menachem Penner, Dean of RIETS and Undergraduate Torah Studies, announced that the Yeshiva would be engaging in a new initiative for the upcoming school year. He highlighted the potential pitfall that technology could be for otherwise dedicated students who are simply unable to resist the urge to let their phones and laptops distract them while learning in the Beit Midrash or while sitting in their morning shiurim. In... Read more

RIETS Institutes Two New Innovative Mental Health Training programs for Semicha Students

September 18, 2016 12:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The RIETS administration recently announced two new programs that will provide semicha (rabbinic ordination) students with the professional mental health counseling skills necessary for a career in the rabbinate. In conjunction with the Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary has created a program that allows semicha students who plan on practicing rabbinics to take  courses toward a certificate of completion that focuses on mental health counselling. Rabbi Menachem Penner, the Max and Marion... Read more

Students crowd around Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen for his famous Elul Chabura at the end of night seder

Flourishing Night Seder Program Nears 200 Participants

September 18, 2016 12:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you walked by the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study between the hours of 8:00-10:15 pm over the past two weeks, you might have wondered why you were unable to hear yourself think. The answer, of course, is due to the overwhelming success of the Night Seder program, which has been producing an audible buzz that very closely resembles the (now world-famous due to the recent 360° video the Yeshiva posted on Facebook) Torah buzz of mornings... Read more

Undergraduate Torah Studies Commences Year with Opening Ceremony

August 30, 2016 3:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Wilf Campus sprang back to life yesterday as students returned for the fall semester on a sun-soaked day. Students began the day in their respective morning programs. Then, at 11:15, students from all Undergraduate Torah Studies programs congregated in the Glueck Beit Midrash for a start-of-semester assembly. The ceremony began with remarks from Shua Brick, the newly inducted president of the Student Organization of Yeshiva. Mr. Brick urged students to feel at home at YU, to “make this your... 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

News Briefs – 2.1.2014

February 9, 2015 6:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Izod Center Shutdown Impacts YU Commencement Plans Last week, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority decided to shut down the struggling Izod Center, one of the major arenas within the Meadowlands Complex. In addition to being the former home of the New Jersey Devils of the NHL, Seton Hall University basketball and the Nets NBA franchise (which has since moved to Brooklyn), for years the Izod Center hosted Yeshiva University’s commencement exercises. According to President Richard Joel, who sent... Read more

News Briefs

February 3, 2015 9:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Izod Center Shutdown Impacts YU Commencement Plans Last week, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority decided to shut down the struggling Izod Center, one of the major arenas within the Meadowlands Complex. In addition to being the former home of the New Jersey Devils of the NHL, Seton Hall University basketball and the Nets NBA franchise (which has since moved to Brooklyn), for years the Izod Center hosted Yeshiva University’s commencement exercises. According to President Richard Joel, who sent... Read more