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Feldman’s Work Wins 2014 National Jewish Book Award

January 23rd, 2015 by yaellelasson124

LFeldmanA three-volume set co-edited by Professor Louis Feldman, Abraham Wouk Family Chair in Classics and Literature at Yeshiva University, was recently awarded the Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award and the 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winner in Scholarship by the Jewish Book Council.

Titled Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (JPS 2014), the work is the first of its kind in a Jewish context, a vast collection of extra-biblical texts that comprise ancient Israel’s excluded scriptures, made accessible to scholar and general reader alike. The volumes examine writings such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, Josephus, Philo and other transformative texts in a unique way—as they relate to each other and illuminate the Hebrew Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

Wurzweiler Professors Edit Journal of Jewish Community Service

January 20th, 2015 by yaellelasson124

Dr. Saul Andron and Dr. Lynn Levy, Hausman Chair in Communal Social Work and assistant professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, respectively, recently served as guest editors of the Journal of Jewish Community Service, published by the JPRO Network.  The special issue, entitled “All in the Family: Diversity in the Jewish Community,” was inspired by a conference held in April 2012 on “The Diversity of the American Jewish Family: Challenges and Opportunities,” spearheaded by Andron and Levy, and sponsored by Wurzweiler School of Social Work in collaboration with the UJA-Federation of New York.

journalwsswThis issue addresses topics of the changing Jewish family and how the community must redefine and grapple with new opportunities and challenges.  The articles demonstrate that the Jewish community possesses the passion, creativity, and commitment to generate bold approaches that speak to the new and real experiences that many Jewish families face today and serve as a guide for Jewish communal institutions to support traditional and contemporary forms of Jewish family life.

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Malka Publishes Op-Ed in New York Times

January 6th, 2015 by skier

ariel malkaDr. Ariel Malka, assistant professor of psychology at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, has published an op-ed in The New York Times. Published with co-author Michael Inzlicht from the University of Toronto, the article discusses findings from their recent study, the largest cross-national test to date of how a conservative personality style relates to cultural and economic attitudes. Analyzing responses from over 70,000 people from 51 countries, the study found that people with conservative personalities leaned slightly to the left on issues of social welfare policy and economic intervention, not to the right, as the generally accepted “rigidity of the right” model would dictate.

Levine Presents Chanukah Lectures

January 6th, 2015 by yaellelasson124

MichelleLevineDr. Michelle Levine, associate professor of Bible at Stern College for Women, presented at Yeshiva University’s Midreshet Yom Rishon, on the topic of, “The Message of the Menorah in R. Obadiah Sforno’s Religious Thought.” She also delivered a lecture to Stern College students on the first night of Chanukah, titled, “The Illuminating Miracle of Chanukah.” In addition, Levine spoke for the “Ohel Sara” Amen Group in Lawrence, NY, on the topic of, “The Blessing of Light.”

Ferkauf Faculty Publish Article in Journal of Genetic Psychology

December 26th, 2014 by skier

Dr. William Arsenio and Dr. Fatima Ramos-Marcuse, professor of psychology and adjunct assistant professor, respectively, at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, have published an article in the Journal of Genetic Psychology. Titled “Children’s Moral Emotions, Narratives, and Aggression: Relations With Maternal Discipline and Support,” the study asked 63 four-to-six-year-olds how they would feel after engaging in bullying behavior against a peer and acted out event conclusions using narrative methods adapted from the MacArthur Story Stem Battery. The children’s mothers were also asked to assess their disciplinary styles and social support, and children’s aggressive tendencies were assessed based on ratings from the mother and a second familiar adult. The study found that most preschoolers expected to feel happy after their victimizing acts, but variations in happy victimization were unrelated to children’s aggression.

Ravid Co-Edits Issue of Journal of Cultural Economics

December 24th, 2014 by skier

Ravid_66017E-32Dr. Abraham Ravid, professor of finance at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Cultural Economics. Centered around the theme of movie economics, the issue explores topics that range from an empirical investigation of contingency factors of movie remakes to the impact of supplier bargaining power on the advertising cost of movie sequels. The issue will appear in print in early 2015.

Steinberg to Deliver Wertheim Study Lecture on Hardy

December 16th, 2014 by skier

Gillian SteinbergDr. Gillian Steinberg, associate professor of English at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, will deliver a Wertheim Study lecture on the life and works of Thomas Hardy at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwartzman Building on January 13, 2015 at 1:15 p.m. Titled “Thomas Hardy’s Autobiography: Shaping a Writer’s Life,” the lecture will explore the ways in which Hardy’s complex biographical history has shaped contemporary readings of his work and explore how Hardy aimed to separate his life from his art, an effort that has largely been foiled by today’s emphasis on biography in literary interpretation. Steinberg is a writer in residence at the Wertheim Study.

Shires Publishes Essays, Delivers Talk

December 12th, 2014 by skier

linda shiresDr. Linda Shires, David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English and chair of the English department at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, has essays forthcoming on self-illustrated literary works of Thomas Hardy and Rudyard Kipling. An essay titled “Matter, Consciousness, and the Human: Hardy’s Image X texts,” will appear in Studies in English Literature (55.4, Fall 2015); another titled “Mutual Adaptation in Rudyard Kipling’s Letters to his Children and Just So Stories” is scheduled for the annual Children’s Literature (2015). Continuing her interest in nineteenth-century relationships among art, literature, and science, Shires will deliver the Jane Stedman Plenary Lecture at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference “Sense and the Senses” in Iowa City this coming May. Her talk is titled “Coming to our Senses: Colors in the 19th Century.”

YU Faculty Present at Jerusalem Conference

December 5th, 2014 by yaellelasson124

Four Yeshiva University faculty  presented at the recent international conference, “The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse”  in Jerusalem, Israel.  The three-day conference, held on December 1-3, 2014,  was spearheaded by Tahel – Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children, an Israeli non-profit organization.  The plenary presentations and facilitated discussions offered a social, halachic and educational focus on problems facing Jewish communities worldwide.  Presenters include Senior Mashgiach Ruchani Rabbi Yosef Blau; Dean of Students Dr. Chaim Nissel; Dean of Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration Dr. Rona Novick; and Gwendolyn & Joseph Straus Chair In Jewish Education Dr. David Pelovitz.  The presenters addressed the unique challenges that face victims of abuse in religious communities and how the  community can be equipped to confront these issues.

Among the conference sponsors were Yeshiva University in Israel and Yeshiva University Israel Alumni.

“We were proud that Yeshiva University was able to provide expert professionals  as presenters and become a silver sponsor at this conference which was the first of its kind,” said Nissel who was also interviewed by Israel Hayom editor Steve Ganot.

The full program of events can be found here.



Blech’s Book Featured on Discovery Channel Series

December 5th, 2014 by yaellelasson124


The international bestseller, The Sistine Secrets: Michaelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, written by Rabbi Benjamin Blech, professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University, and co-authored by Roy Doliner, is set to be featured as a documentary television episode on Discovery Channel’s “Codebreakers” on Sunday, December 14 at 9 pm. Sistine Secrets is an examination of Michelangelo’s artistry and symbolism that is said to have incorporated many teachings of Jewish Midrash and Kabbalah into the Sistine Chapel.  The book is sold in 25 countries, translated into 15 languages, and received coverage on national television and press.  More film coverage is forthcoming.