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Bringing Torah to the Community

Kollel Yom Rishon®: Expand Your Mind with Leading Scholars

Both the Abraham Arbesfeld Kollel Yom Rishon learning program for men and the Millie Arbesfeld Midreshet Yom Rishon learning program for women take place weekly. Each features two shiurim [lectures] from Yeshiva University roshei yeshiva [professors of Talmud], faculty and Torah personalities addressing cutting-edge topics in a warm learning environment open to the public.

For both programs, the first shiur lasts from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and the second from 10:30 a.m-11:30 a.m. Complimentary parking and refreshments are provided, and no preregistration is required.

The shiurim address various topics relating to Halacha [Jewish law], parsha, Jewish thought and more. Because the shiurim are not a series, participants can miss one week without falling behind. The shiurim are meant to be intellectually stimulating while accessible to those with limited Jewish education.

Special Yemei Iyun

Over the course of the academic year, a number of special Yemei Iyun [days of in-depth learning] are offered to the community on the Yeshiva University Wilf Campus in Washington Heights:

  • Tanach Yom Iyun
  • Tisha B'av
  • Revel Yom Iyun
  • Beth Din Yom Iyun
  • Pre-Yom Tov Events

Medical Ethics Society's Conferences

In addition to the many events held on campus throughout the year, the YU Student Medical Ethics Society organizes an annual conference covering various topics related to medical ethics. Past conferences have covered Jewish perspectives on modern genetics, end-of-life issues and mental health topics. The conferences include a number of presenters and draw hundreds of participants from the tristate area. CLE credits are available for medical professionals. Please visit Medical Ethics Society for more information.

Inspiration at Your Fingertips: YU Torah Online

The Marcos and Adina Katz YU Torah Online

The Marcos and Adina Katz Torah Web site YU Torah Online, sponsored by the Center for the Jewish Future and the Rabbi Isaac Theological Seminary (RIETS), features:

  • Over 35,000 recorded lectures, classes and seminars from YU roshei yeshiva and others from YU schools and affiliated organizations
  • Cutting-edge media and social networking technology
  • Articles related to each upcoming holiday
  • Shabbat table discussion guides

YU Torah Online also partners with synagogues and organizations to power their own Torah Web sites with YU Torah Online technology.

A hugely popular site, YU Torah Online records an average of 375,000 monthly page views, and in addition to being a much-viewed resource within Yeshiva University, it also attracts a large external audience: more than 50 percent of its visitors have had prior experience with Yeshiva University.

YU Torah To-Go

Before every chag [Jewish holiday], YU Torah Online compiles a collection of articles relating to that holiday, written by YU faculty, roshei yeshiva and various other Torah personalities. In 2010, 12,000 editions were published for Tisha B'Av, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Pesach, Yom Haatzmaut and Shavuot, and were distributed across the country and world. Another 6,000 were downloaded online. Communities benefiting from the series include Teaneck, the Five Towns, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Toronto and Ra'anana, Israel. 

The Shabbat Table

The Shabbat Table discussions are a monthly set of Torah resources meant to facilitate meaningful discussions on Torah ethics and issues. Please visit YU Torah Online Shabbat Table for more information.

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