Articles by Leah Klahr

New Advanced Talmud Class to be Offered at Stern in Fall


In the Fall 2017 semester, Stern College will be offering a new advanced Talmud class, taught by Rabbi Ezra Schwartz, a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva College Mazer School of Talmudic Studies (MYP) and at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS).  Rabbi Ephraim Kanarfogel, chair of Jewish Studies at SCW, explained that the class was […]

The Homeless in Our Midst — and How Stern Students are Responding


The Biblical commandment to love one’s neighbor may not seem especially relevant to the relationship between Stern College students and the dozens of homeless people they pass on the streets every day. Yet, one Stern student told The Observer, “Some of these people live only a few feet away from our dormitories. They are our […]

Amona: Dreams and Disillusion

Leah Klahr

As we drive  to Amona on the curving mountain roads from Ofra, a settlement in the Binyamin region, my friend says, “Amona is special; it’s a place where people believe. I come up here to believe.” Amona was first settled in 1995 by youth from Ofra, who had grown up playing on the deserted hilltop […]

The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest: American Rupture and Unity


On January 24, four days into his new administration, Trump signed an executive order advancing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172 mile-long underground oil pipeline which will run from North Dakota to Illinois. While the construction is expected to create over 12,000 new jobs and the pipeline itself is designed to transport […]

Yom Kippur and Being a Vegetarian


In an essay titled, “Shoes and the Soul,” Rabbi Norman Lamm wrote, “On Yom Kippur, none may wear leather shoes, an object which, in order to benefit man, necessitated the end of some poor animal’s life…A people which, on its holiest day, will refuse to wear shoes made of the skin of an animal, is […]

Stern Students Express Administrative Apathy Towards the Dramatics Society


For the first time in years, the Stern College Dramatics Society (SCDS) co-ed Shabbaton has been cancelled by the Student Affairs Committee. Jordyn Kaufman, President of SCDS, reported that the explanation given was “to create more opportunities for other clubs on campus.” However, students in the Society have expressed frustration that the cancellation of the […]