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What does YU stand for?President Berman considers new book

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At a freshman orientation earlier this semester, President Ali Berman brought together Yeshiva College freshmen and asked them questions that would define their next year at YU. She walked around the room asking the students, “Why did you choose YU?” Responses ranged from religious studies to academics to location, and represent the diverse perspectives and expectations of the freshman on her time at YU.

But Berman said in a recent draft of his book A Life of Faith, Meaning and Purpose: 19 Letters to Students, there are questions that students are having a much harder time answering. As stated in the second of the nineteen letters that make up the structure of the book, “One of the questions I have consistently asked is [students was] “What does YU stand for?” ”

So what does Yeshiva University really stand for? What is there? Where do you do it Tora Umada And perhaps most importantly, what does all this have to do with me?・Comprises the target audience for Berman’s next book.

In the spirit of the Nineteen Letters on Judaism written by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch to explain the “relevance of traditional Judaism” in our time, President Berman expressed his conviction about the nature and relevance of Judaism. is addressing his 19 letters to YU students who cannot have. Yeshiva college value.

He describes the purpose of the book as follows: [recognizing] unique and irreplaceable at our YU school”, and “sometimes our students… [having] I’m having trouble articulating our clear outlook. He describes his history with the YU, his place in the diaspora, its basic principles, etc. Dig into.

Laying the groundwork for his thoughts in later chapters, he states in letter #6: Actually, that’s the point… There is only one Torah and only 613 Torah commandments. The five core Torah values ​​are just a language and a prism for understanding our traditions. Through the following series of letters, President Berman delves into each of his five trots, describes them, and suggests their relevance and applicability to the lives of Yeshiva College students.

In the final two chapters, President Berman lays out strategies for living and realizing the values-based life he expects from those who read his book. In his last letter he said: To the five trots that are the centerpiece of this book.

Prior to publication, President Berman encourages all students to read the draft and submit feedback for inclusion in the final version. Interested students can RSVP Reach out to by September 15th to comment on book ideas and join the conversation about what Yeshiva University stands for.

Ruben Prawer (YC ’25), a first-time campus student who participated in a book distribution event, said, Having a strong set of values ​​keeps us on the right path, so it is very important that YU talks about values. He said, “The opportunity to provide feedback to President Berman on this book and have a conversation with him about our values ​​gives students the opportunity to be involved in shaping YU and the administration to value and appreciate us.” It shows what you are doing.”
Whether you are fascinated by the Five Trot or have clarified your own values ​​through understanding it, a life of faith, meaning and purpose. It will undoubtedly be a unique window into Chancellor Berman’s insight into the value of Yeshiva University and the processes that drive decisions at YU at the highest levels. After hearing insights and contributions from the following classes, the book will be released to the public in 2023.


Photo caption: President Berman discussing the new book at this year’s orientation

Photo credit: Yeshiva University