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Yair Shahak, first place winner of 2016 Adult Chidon, second from left

Yair Shahak: First Place International Chidon HaTanakh Winner

January 3, 2017 12:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Three of the following four clues (translated freely by the author) are referring to a biblical character:   1. Clean turban (tznif tahor)   2. Cake baked on coals and a jug of water (Ugat retzafim vetzapachat mayim)   3. Wadi Cherith (Nachal Krit)   4. A hairy man with a leather belt tied around his waist (Ish ba’al sear ve’ezor or azur be’motnav) Can you figure out (a) who the character is, and (b) which of the four hints... Read more

A Tribute to Professors Shahak and Hawkins

May 12, 2015 11:39 am Published by 2 Comments

Although I have never written for The Commentator, I felt as though I needed to share with fellow students a tribute to two extraordinary teachers that I have been blessed to have during my YU experience, both of whom will be leaving the University after this year. While some professors are “an easy A” and others have interesting life stories, professors Yair Shahak (of the Hebrew department) and William Hawkins (of the Economics department) succeed in teaching and connecting to... Read more

2013 Professor of the Year Yair Shahak, who won the 2014 National Bible Contes, will be leaving YU next year. (Photo Credit Maxine Dovere)

Dedicated Professor Yair Shahak Chooses to Leave YU

April 19, 2015 9:59 pm Published by 1 Comment

Professor Yair Shahak, a remarkable and renowned professor in the Hebrew Department, will be leaving YU at the end of this year. As a student at YU, Professor Shahak triple majored in Jewish Studies (with a concentration in Bible), Hebrew Language and Literature, and Music. Shahak started working toward an M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies while still an undergraduate at YU and completed both his B.A. and M.A. simultaneously. Shahak is currently completing... Read more

Featured Faculty: Yair Shahak

February 9, 2015 6:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Yair Shahak is a beloved Hebrew Instructor at Yeshiva College. Recently, Shahak was the champion of the 2014 United States National Bible Contest for Adults and also represented the United States in the International Chidon Hatanach in Jerusalem. He sat down for a discussion with Yadin Teitz. (The transcription has been modified slightly.) YT: First and foremost, let’s talk Tanakh. YS: I’ve been interested in Tanakh since I was very young. I think that my primary connection to Tanakh is... Read more

Featured Faculty: Yair Shahak

February 5, 2015 5:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Yair Shahak is a beloved Hebrew Instructor at Yeshiva College. Recently, Shahak was the champion of the 2014 United States National Bible Contest for Adults and also represented the United States in the International Chidon Hatanach in Jerusalem. He sat down for a discussion with Yadin Teitz. (The transcription has been modified slightly.)   YT: First and foremost, let’s talk Tanakh. YS: I’ve been interested in Tanakh since I was very young. I think that my primary connection to Tanakh... Read more

News Briefs

December 12, 2014 3:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

YU Apps Win Awards Continuing its trend of prominence in the world of academic mobile applications, YU recently won prestigious awards from the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) for excellence in mobile apps. Chosen from over 1,100 entries, YU’s “This is Yeshiva University” app and “Cardozo Life” app won two out of the four awards in the competition’s mobile apps category. Designed specifically for iPad, “This is Yeshiva University” offers interactive maps of YU’s various campuses, video and photo... Read more