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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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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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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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Straus Scholars

Learn about the Straus Scholars Program.

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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

Golden Haggadah

A Manuscript Is Not a Mirror

A Straus Center lecture with Dr. Marc Michael Epstein, the Mattie M. Paschall and Norman Davis Chair of Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College. 

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A Manuscript Is Not a Mirror

The Straus Center recently hosted Dr. Marc Michael Epstein, the Mattie M. Paschall and Norman Davis Chair of Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College, for a special guest lecture in the Straus honors course, Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts: Torah as Art in Medieval Ashkenaz. READ MORE

Al-Farabi

Sacrifice and Patriotism: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives

A Straus Center lecture with Dr. Alexander Orwin, assistant professor of political theory at Louisiana State University.

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Sacrifice and Patriotism: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives

The Straus Center hosted Dr. Alexander Orwin, assistant professor of political theory at Louisiana State University, for a lecture titled “Al-Farabi and Maimonides on Self-Sacrifice and Patriotism.” The lecture was hosted by Dr. Neil Rogachevsky, associate director of the Straus Center, and was part of the Jack Miller Center lecture series. READ MORE

Arch of Titus

Course Spotlight: The Arch of Titus — Between Rome and Jerusalem

A Straus Center course with Dr. Steven Fine. 

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Course Spotlight: The Arch of Titus — Between Rome and Jerusalem

Yeshiva University News sat down with Dr. Steven Fine, the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History and founding director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, to discuss his Straus Center course, The Arch of Titus: Between Rome and Jerusalem. READ MORE

Herzl

Course Spotlight: Zionist Political Thought — Arguing Zionism

A Straus Center course with Dr. Liel Leibovitz. 

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Course Spotlight: Zionist Political Thought — Arguing Zionism

Yeshiva University News sat down with Tablet Dr. Liel Leibovitz to discuss his Straus Center course, Zionist Political Thought — Arguing Zionism, which he is co-teaching with Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik and Dr. Neil Rogachevsky. READ MORE

RIETS

The Three Pillars of Jewish Education

What is the foundation of Jewish education? 

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The Three Pillars of Jewish Education

Straus Center Senior Program Officer Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern participated in a virtual panel discussion at the Jewish & Latter-day Saint Academic Dialogue. Dr. Halpern’s talk focused on three pillars of Jewish education: celebration, conversation and repetition. READ MORE

Golden Haggadah

A Manuscript Is Not a Mirror

A Straus Center lecture with Dr. Marc Michael Epstein, the Mattie M. Paschall and Norman Davis Chair of Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College. 

READ MORE

A Manuscript Is Not a Mirror

The Straus Center recently hosted Dr. Marc Michael Epstein, the Mattie M. Paschall and Norman Davis Chair of Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College, for a special guest lecture in the Straus honors course, Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts: Torah as Art in Medieval Ashkenaz. READ MORE

Al-Farabi

Sacrifice and Patriotism: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives

A Straus Center lecture with Dr. Alexander Orwin, assistant professor of political theory at Louisiana State University.

READ MORE

Sacrifice and Patriotism: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives

The Straus Center hosted Dr. Alexander Orwin, assistant professor of political theory at Louisiana State University, for a lecture titled “Al-Farabi and Maimonides on Self-Sacrifice and Patriotism.” The lecture was hosted by Dr. Neil Rogachevsky, associate director of the Straus Center, and was part of the Jack Miller Center lecture series. READ MORE

Arch of Titus

Course Spotlight: The Arch of Titus — Between Rome and Jerusalem

A Straus Center course with Dr. Steven Fine. 

READ MORE

Course Spotlight: The Arch of Titus — Between Rome and Jerusalem

Yeshiva University News sat down with Dr. Steven Fine, the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History and founding director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, to discuss his Straus Center course, The Arch of Titus: Between Rome and Jerusalem. READ MORE

Herzl

Course Spotlight: Zionist Political Thought — Arguing Zionism

A Straus Center course with Dr. Liel Leibovitz. 

READ MORE

Course Spotlight: Zionist Political Thought — Arguing Zionism

Yeshiva University News sat down with Tablet Dr. Liel Leibovitz to discuss his Straus Center course, Zionist Political Thought — Arguing Zionism, which he is co-teaching with Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik and Dr. Neil Rogachevsky. READ MORE

RIETS

The Three Pillars of Jewish Education

What is the foundation of Jewish education? 

READ MORE

The Three Pillars of Jewish Education

Straus Center Senior Program Officer Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern participated in a virtual panel discussion at the Jewish & Latter-day Saint Academic Dialogue. Dr. Halpern’s talk focused on three pillars of Jewish education: celebration, conversation and repetition. READ MORE

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