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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

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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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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

Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom

Straus Center Associate Director Dr. Neil Rogachevsky will be a featured contributor in Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom. 

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Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom

An essay by Straus Center Associate Director Dr. Neil Rogachevsky will be featured in Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom, Brill's new volume on the famous — and infamous — French writer. The book hits shelves on Nov. 18, 2021. READ MORE

DC Trip

The Straus Scholars Visit Our Nation’s Capital

On Memorial Day weekend, the Straus Center embarked on a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., led by Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik. 

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The Straus Scholars Visit Our Nation’s Capital

The trip included a tour of the Museum of the Bible and Lincoln Memorial, a private dinner with Dr. Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary of health and human services, and sessions with several American Enterprise Institute scholars, including Tim Carney, Dr. Yuval Levin, and Jonah Goldberg. 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. 

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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

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

Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom

Straus Center Associate Director Dr. Neil Rogachevsky will be a featured contributor in Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom. 

READ MORE

Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom

An essay by Straus Center Associate Director Dr. Neil Rogachevsky will be featured in Michel Houellebecq, the Cassandra of Freedom, Brill's new volume on the famous — and infamous — French writer. The book hits shelves on Nov. 18, 2021. READ MORE

DC Trip

The Straus Scholars Visit Our Nation’s Capital

On Memorial Day weekend, the Straus Center embarked on a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., led by Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik. 

READ MORE

The Straus Scholars Visit Our Nation’s Capital

The trip included a tour of the Museum of the Bible and Lincoln Memorial, a private dinner with Dr. Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary of health and human services, and sessions with several American Enterprise Institute scholars, including Tim Carney, Dr. Yuval Levin, and Jonah Goldberg. 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

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