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Tziporah Pinczower
November 29, 2023
In response to the horrors of Hamas’ massacre on October 7th and the ensuing war in Israel, the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought has been outspoken in its defense of the Jewish state, publishing writings and op-eds across several leading publications. Straus Scholar…
Tevi Troy Book
November 28, 2023
In the past month, the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought has continued making a significant impact across the media landscape, with multiple new publications, podcasts, lectures, and other contributions. Staff, faculty, and students at the Straus Center have published…
November 27, 2023
When more than 70 YU students  signed on to this year’s Torah Tours®, they expected to do what thousands of volunteers have done since the program’s inception in 1974: invigorate Jewish communities across North America during Simchat Torah  with youthful energy and a love of Torah. Over the years,…
November 27, 2023
On Monday, September 11, students from the S. Daniel Abraham Program at Stern College for Women were privileged to hear from Henry Moss, a remarkable man whose memories span nearly a century. He shared his recollections of prewar Jewish German life and his family's experiences in the lead up to the…
November 20, 2023
This academic year, the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought is conducting a new Graduate Fellowship for Aspiring & Current Educators, with a cohort of fourteen students and alumni from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud/…
November 18, 2023
Seated left to right are Laura Stegner, Roseline Ogundokun, Katz School Ph.D. candidate Samuel Akingbade and Kessel Okinga. Standing beside his wife, Leslie Valiant, a Heidelberg Laureate, 1986 Nevanlinna Prize winner and 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award winner. By Dave DeFusco During a recent…
Group rally photo
November 17, 2023
On, Tuesday, Nov. 14, thousands of YU students, faculty, staff, alumni, Roshei Yeshiva and rebbeim travelled to Washington, D.C., to put their values in action at the “March For Israel.” More than 2,500 people, wearing blue YU sweatshirts made for the event, filled 44 buses to make the…
November 15, 2023
In October 2023, faculty and staff members at the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought published new scholarly articles, and they are working on multiple book projects in progress.   Rabbi Dr. Dov Lerner, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Straus Center, published a…
Jenny Rapp
November 13, 2023
  As part of their education and training to be Modern Orthodox leaders of the future, Straus Scholars are encouraged to take summer jobs, internships, and fellowships that allow them to build on their Straus Center studies. Many Scholars spent this past summer participating in programs from a…

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