The Sad State of LGBTQ Inclusion at YU Needs to Change

WBC counter protest

“Many students feel alone and scared.” “It’s really tiring to be repeatedly shut down and pushed onto the back burner.” That’s what two student activists had to say about the state of LGBTQ inclusion at YU. This has never been an issue that the university has been keen to confront, but a recent visit from […]

Career Centered Education


In a recent conversation with a Yeshiva University administrator regarding ways to better the academic experience at Stern, I was told that, while my concerns regarding the level of study at YU are not to be dismissed, I should think twice before expressing dissatisfaction because “YU has a 100% acceptance rate to dentistry school.” I […]

Revaluating the MCAT


Anyone who knows me knows that I am currently studying for my MCAT. When I started studying, I approached the test as something to conquer, a necessary evil I had to deal with to reach my ultimate goal of becoming a physician. This made the process miserable. The MCAT tests biology, chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, […]

Eitz Chayim Hi: Women and The Hachnassat Sefer Torah


One day last year, I received a stream of videos over Whatsapp. The mashgicha ruchanit of my school in Israel, the Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz, had sent me video recordings of the Hachnassat Sefer Torah at Migdal Oz. I teared up as I watched the videos of current students as well as […]

On Free Speech and Silencing It

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I don’t like censorship. In writing, I tend to err on the side of incaution. After all, that is precisely the point of a free press. It is not to stifle voices, but to allow them to speak up, whether or not we agree with all those sharing. I’ve been thinking about free speech and […]

The OU Statement on Women: A Stern Student’s Perspective

Mindy Schwartz

About a year ago the Orthodox Union (OU) commissioned a rabbinic panel of seven prominent Orthodox rabbis to address the topic of female clergy in Orthodox synagogues. After meeting among themselves and with many other community leaders and laypeople over the course of several months, the panel issued their final ruling: women cannot serve as […]

A Great Teacher Inspires


I stared at my computer screen completely shaken, my jaw hanging open, shuddering, my eyes reddening with tears that were too raw to fall. When Elizabeth Warren was silenced during the Senate vote concerning Jeff Sessions candidacy for Attorney General, I was sickened. I felt a devastating loss of hope. It reminded me how I […]

Gun Control: Reasonable or Restrictive?


Republicans: Gun Control is Not Crime Control There has been no shortage of gun-related crimes in the past few months, let alone in the last decade. Just like Democrats, Republicans recognize this fact. What distinguishes the views of the two parties on this controversial topic is the reason behind the crime. While Democrats view crimes […]

When Common Decency Isn’t So Common


Recently, I had a dinner date with a friend of mine at Eden Wok. This friend is one of the kindest people I know, and he is also one of the most intelligent. He’s a person who would take a bullet for a stranger without a second thought, and I would trust him with my […]

Sexism, YU and the Student Newspapers

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People like to talk about how we live in a data driven society, but I don’t think we really do. After all, every day, I see people ignore overwhelming data in favor of their own biases and misconceptions. Take the view of women at this university, for instance. We are hardworking, passionate, and ambitious. However, […]