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Mission Statement

The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought trains Yeshiva University students to be Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders who are well versed in both Torah and the Western canon. Through a combination of unique, interdisciplinary courses taught in collaboration with faculty from across YU, communal events, and publications, the Straus Center seeks to cultivate the intellectual, religious, and civic leaders of tomorrow.

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Mission Statement

The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought trains Yeshiva University students to be Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders who are well versed in both Torah and the Western canon. Through a combination of unique, interdisciplinary courses taught in collaboration with faculty from across YU, communal events, and publications, the Straus Center seeks to cultivate the intellectual, religious, and civic leaders of tomorrow.

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Straus Scholars

The Straus Scholars Program seeks to identify and attract exceptionally gifted undergraduate men and women who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition.

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Impact Office

The Straus Center’s Impact Office, led by the Impact and Recruitment Officer, is responsible for fostering the growth of the Straus Scholars beyond the walls of the classroom by making them aware of internship and fellowship opportunities and job postings, offering mentorship and networking opportunities over the course of their early careers, and arranging continued intellectual enhancement activities following graduation.

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Esther in America

Featuring contributions by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Erica Brown, Dara Horn, Liel Leibovitz, Tevi Troy, and more, Esther in America highlights how the Book of Esther inspired and impacted the American project since its very inception.

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Contact Us

2495 Amsterdam Avenue
Belfer Hall Room 501
New York, NY 10033

Tel: 646-592-6380
Fax: 212.960.0846
Email: strauscenter@yu.edu

Recent News and Events

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Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom

Dr. Neil Rogachevsky contributed an essay to Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom: Submission and Decline.

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Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom

Dr. Neil Rogachevsky, associate director and assistant professor at the Straus Center, published a chapter in Brill's Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom: Submission and Decline, a collection of essays on French writer’s 2015 novel, Submission. READ MORE

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David Ben-Gurion and Plato

A paper on David Ben-Gurion and Plato by Dr. Neil Rogachevsky.

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David Ben-Gurion and Plato

Straus Center Associate Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Neil Rogachevsky presented the paper "David Ben-Gurion and Plato" at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA). The paper was presented during the “Plato’s Political Thought” virtual seminar. READ MORE

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Straus Fall 2021 Offerings: Sacks, Soloveitchik, Shakespeare and More

Learn about the Straus Center fall 2021 course offerings. 

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Straus Fall 2021 Offerings: Sacks, Soloveitchik, Shakespeare and More

The fall 2021 semester is well underway, and the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, in collaboration with Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women, is offering numerous courses for Straus Scholars and Yeshiva University undergraduate students to study the great texts and traditions of the West and Judaism. READ MORE

Jack Miller Center

The Straus Center Continues Partnership With the Jack Miller Center

The Straus Center will continue to work with the Jack Miller Center. 

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The Straus Center Continues Partnership With the Jack Miller Center

The Straus Center is proud to announce that the Jack Miller Center, a nonprofit organization that works to teach students the history and principles at the heart of American political life, has renewed its grant with the Center for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. The financial support will continue to fund the “Jewish Ideas and American Government” lecture series. READ MORE

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Meet the 2021-2022 Straus Scholars

Meet the incoming class of Straus Scholars. 

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Meet the 2021-2022 Straus Scholars

Every year, the Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars, incoming Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition. This year’s group hails from all across the country — from New Jersey to Massachusetts to California — and plans on studying a multitude of topics, including political science, biology, and computer science. Learn more about them below. READ MORE

Alexander Hamilton Jewish

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

A new book looks at Alexander Hamilton's Jewish origins. 

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Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton, a new book by former Straus Center senior research fellow Andrew Porwancher, looks at Hamilton’s origins and determines that he was, in all likelihood, born and raised Jewish. READ MORE

Submission

Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom

Dr. Neil Rogachevsky contributed an essay to Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom: Submission and Decline.

READ MORE

Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom

Dr. Neil Rogachevsky, associate director and assistant professor at the Straus Center, published a chapter in Brill's Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom: Submission and Decline, a collection of essays on French writer’s 2015 novel, Submission. READ MORE

Plato and DBG

David Ben-Gurion and Plato

A paper on David Ben-Gurion and Plato by Dr. Neil Rogachevsky.

READ MORE

David Ben-Gurion and Plato

Straus Center Associate Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Neil Rogachevsky presented the paper "David Ben-Gurion and Plato" at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA). The paper was presented during the “Plato’s Political Thought” virtual seminar. READ MORE

Straus Center

Straus Fall 2021 Offerings: Sacks, Soloveitchik, Shakespeare and More

Learn about the Straus Center fall 2021 course offerings. 

READ MORE

Straus Fall 2021 Offerings: Sacks, Soloveitchik, Shakespeare and More

The fall 2021 semester is well underway, and the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, in collaboration with Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women, is offering numerous courses for Straus Scholars and Yeshiva University undergraduate students to study the great texts and traditions of the West and Judaism. READ MORE

Jack Miller Center

The Straus Center Continues Partnership With the Jack Miller Center

The Straus Center will continue to work with the Jack Miller Center. 

READ MORE

The Straus Center Continues Partnership With the Jack Miller Center

The Straus Center is proud to announce that the Jack Miller Center, a nonprofit organization that works to teach students the history and principles at the heart of American political life, has renewed its grant with the Center for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. The financial support will continue to fund the “Jewish Ideas and American Government” lecture series. READ MORE

Straus Center

Meet the 2021-2022 Straus Scholars

Meet the incoming class of Straus Scholars. 

READ MORE

Meet the 2021-2022 Straus Scholars

Every year, the Straus Center welcomes a new cohort of Straus Scholars, incoming Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition. This year’s group hails from all across the country — from New Jersey to Massachusetts to California — and plans on studying a multitude of topics, including political science, biology, and computer science. Learn more about them below. READ MORE

Alexander Hamilton Jewish

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

A new book looks at Alexander Hamilton's Jewish origins. 

READ MORE

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton, a new book by former Straus Center senior research fellow Andrew Porwancher, looks at Hamilton’s origins and determines that he was, in all likelihood, born and raised Jewish. READ MORE

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