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NEW Jews, Sports and Society

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Dedication. Countless hours of commitment. Sacrifice. Rising to the challenges of adversity. Maximizing one’s natural talents. A religiously-infused life and the endeavor of sports have much in common, though often come into conflict. We share with you the latest issue of YU Ideas, “Jews, Sports and Society,” featuring essays from Yeshiva University faculty and staff, and invite you to reflect on the myriad ways in which Judaism and sports have intersected, both historically and in our contemporary era.

We dedicate this issue in memory of Bob Tufts, former Sy Syms School of Business professor and former major league baseball pitcher, who boldly and passionately lived a life balancing faith and passion for sport.

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Intellectual Property in the Digital Age

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We are pleased to share with you the latest issue of YU Ideas, “Intellectual Property in the Digital Age,” in honor of the holiday of Sukkot. As the rabbis of the Talmud teach us, a Sukkah must be a dirat arai, a temporary structure. On Sukkot, we leave our permanent homes, and enter structures that, despite their lack of permanence, symbolize divine protection. As we consider questions of ownership, protection and permanence, please enjoy these reflections by faculty and staff from across Yeshiva University.

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The Future of the Book

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For decades now, a book has stopped being an object contained in pages between two covers carried in a reader’s hands and become a part of the digital universe that surrounds us. In The Future of the Book, 13 writers, including 12 Yeshiva University faculty members, take on the challenge of investigating the effects of this transformation on how we learn, how we think, how we create and how we believe.

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Power, Politics, and Leading a Nation

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As Americans prepare to vote in the midterm elections, Yeshiva University faculty offer their insights into the questions, themes, and history that inform how we think about the dynamics of politics, peoplehood, law, and authority. We hope you enjoy this issue of YU Ideas examining “Power, Politics, and Leading a Nation.”

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Reinventing the Self

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Deb Akerman (Wurzweiler School of Social Work), Alex Reinert (Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law), and Dr. Daniel Rynhold (Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies) discuss reinventing the self from the perspective of addiction therapy, prison reform, and the Jewish concept of repentance.

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Israel at 70

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Join leading educators Dr. Rona Novick, dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education & Administration; Mrs. CB Neugroschl, head of school at Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls; and Rabbi Josh Kahn, head of school at Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School For Boys, for an insightful and passionate podcast discussion. 

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About YU Ideas

Welcome to YU Ideas, an initiative hosted by the Office of the Provost of Yeshiva University.

At Yeshiva University, we believe that our Judaic voice can impact the global conversation. YU Ideas brings the Yeshiva University community’s vast interdisciplinary resources to bear on important topics relating to one of four themes of central significance to human society: Education, the Marketplace, Leadership, and Values in the world of tomorrow.

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