Skip to main content Skip to search
""

Essays by Straus Scholars

The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought

Cancer Research
 

Paving the Way for New Cancer Treatments

Straus Scholar Avishai Samouha co-published a research paper for Dove Medical Press' Cancer Management and Research journal highlighting a novel treatment option for mutated colorectal cancer (CRC). READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 


Jacob Judah Leon
 

Middoth for Ezekiel and Solomon

For his senior thesis, Straus Scholar Baruch-Lev Kelman reexamines Jacob Judah Leon's Retrato through the lens of the Talmudic Tractate Middoth to reveal a creative reinterpretation of the Temple descriptions of I Kings, II Chronicles, and Ezekiel. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


 

Lincoln
 

Hiding Behind Lincoln

From their humble upbringings to their political bravery, Straus Scholar Jonathan Fenster argues in Compass that Esther and Abraham Lincoln have more in common than one would think. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 


Painting of men standing around some with face masks
 

Nathan the Wise and Religious Tolerance

Writing for The Forward, Straus Scholar Michael Weiner looks to the play Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing for guidance after another Islamic terror attack occurred in France over the depiction of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


Painting of an ancient structure
 

In Defense of Cities

Despite the bad name they get from the story of the Tower of Babel, Straus Scholar Yehuda Goldberg argues in The Lehrhaus that these cosmopolitan centers and concrete jungles can recognize and extoll God’s primacy, creating a common conception of good. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


Headshot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
 

What Do We Owe the Dead? 

Writing for JTA News, Straus Scholar Michael Wiener reflects on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and how Jewish tradition can guide our response. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 


Zoom logo
 

College Amid COVID

Writing for The Wall Street Journal's Future View, Straus Scholar Michael Weiner weighs in on how the shift to online classes has impacted his view on tuition costs. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


Headshot of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook
 

Rav Kook's Vision

For his senior thesis, Straus Scholar Eliott Dosetareh examines the thoughts of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook in Hebrew Universalism: The Future Vision of Rav Kook. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 


Opening soon sign
 

What Does the Bible Teach Us About Reopening America?

Straus Scholar Baruch-Lev Kelman looks to the Bible for guidance on how America should approach its COVID-19 reopening process. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


Building dome
 

A Republic If You Can Keep It

Writing for The Imaginative Conservative, Straus Scholar Michael Weiner argues that religion provides more than just salvation. It can also be a major source of social value, providing shared history, institutions, and cultural norms, which integrate us into a moral community. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


Painting of an ancient city with smoke and flames
 

Three Medieval Accounts of Exile

Straus Scholar Michael Weiner explores the different ways Medieval Jews viewed exile and how each path impacted the theological and psychological mindsets of the Jewish people at the time. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


Israeli flag
 

Religious Identity or Cultural Connection?

Writing for Tradition, Straus Scholar Michael Weiner argues that deepening American Orthodox engagement with Israel is not a characteristic of a new religious identity, but rather an embodiment of traditional religious identity that has been carried over from two millennia of Diasporic Jewish life. READ MORE

 

 

 

 


Lincoln
 

Sermon From Capitol Hill

Straus Scholar Ben Atwood looks at the biblical language that President Abraham Lincoln used during his second inaugural address. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 


Painting of people sitting all together with one man standing and raising his hand
 

The Debate Over Slavery

Straus Scholar Jonathan Fenster examines how Jews approached the issue of slavery in the time of the Civil War. READ MORE

Skip past mobile menu to footer