Articles by Masha Shollar

The Fallacy of the MMR-Autism Link


In 1998, British gastroenterologist and medical researcher Andrew Wakefield published a paper in a UK medical journal, The Lancet, alleging that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine caused children to develop autism. He also claimed that it could lead to bowel disease, hence why a gastroenterologist was involved in the first place, but it’s the […]

The UN Resolution Against Israeli Settlements


On December 23rd, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution condemning the construction of Israeli settlements, the first resolution to do so in thirty-six years. Resolutions against Israel sometimes seem to be a dime a dozen, but this one touched off furious debate. For the first time during his administration—and in a clear […]

2016: A Year in Memoriam


If the media is to be believed, we’re living in Orwellian times. As a society, it seems that we’ve arrived at an intersection between 1984 and Animal Farm: an era where we can’t tell the difference between man and pig, where “the lie became the truth.” If you’d really like to flesh out the literary […]

A Conversation With President-Elect Berman


  Confirmed for less than twenty-four hours, president-elect Rabbi Ari Berman sat down to discuss the future of Yeshiva University. When asked what he felt his priorities were moving forward, Berman said, “Certainly the financial situation needs to be addressed.” Berman explained that, prior to accepting the position, he made understanding the financials of the […]

Rabbi Ari Berman Confirmed as New YU President


On Tuesday November 15th, the board of trustees reportedly confirmed Rabbi Ari Berman as the new Yeshiva University president. Berman will take over from Richard Joel, who announced in September of 2015 that he would be stepping down from the position he’s held for 14 years. Berman graduated from Yeshiva College magna cum laude and […]

Bread and Circuses


This entire election cycle has just felt like a bad dream, something sort of Kafka-esque. After all, the insanity of the past year’s politics seems about as improbable as wakening to find you’ve become an enormous cockroach. If you would have told the average voter last summer that the final two choices would come down […]

True Bluestocking


A few weeks ago, a friend and I decided to check out a bookstore on the Lower East Side called Bluestockings. The store, devoted to feminism and social activism, takes its name from the women’s group called the Blue Stocking Society that was founded in 18th century England by critic Elizabeth Montagu. Bluestocking is now […]

Am I YU?


Apparently, I don’t have enough school spirit. And it’s not just me, but every student on the Beren campus. At least, so I’ve been reliably informed by a member of the administration. The I am YU fundraiser ended just a short while ago, and it seems that Beren students were simply not involved enough. It […]

Better Than it Ever Was: Journalism in the Internet Age


A few weeks ago, I read an article from the New York Magazine called The Case Against the Media, By The Media. It was a long collection of interviews with various well-known journalists, authors, and newspaper editors. In the transcripts, these media elite railed against the many problems facing journalism today: the need for news […]



Maybe you’ve seen the pictures. Women, looking somber, face the camera, holding a sign. One reads, “I am an agunah 2+ years and counting.” Another simply says, “14 years.” Some women show their faces; a redhead sits cross legged on the floor, looking bleakly into camera. Others don’t, and we see only the edges of […]