Cardozo’s Deborah Pearlstein on the Affordable Care Act’s Constitutionality, Future Impact

Following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision largely to uphold the Affordable Care Act, much of the commentary by leading constitutional law scholars and practitioners has focused on the longer term consequences of the decision. While celebrating the outcome in the case, many scholars have raised concerns that the Court’s opinions on the scope of Congress’ Commerce and Spending Clause powers give advocates opposing broad federal power new weapons with which to attack future federal legislation.

Deborah Pearlstein is an assistant professor of international and constitutional law at Cardozo.

Deborah Pearlstein is an assistant professor of constitutional law at Cardozo.

I’m not convinced that the long-term impact of the Court’s multiple, divided opinions will be that significant.

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YU Israeli Summer Camp Service Learning Initiative to Serve 300 Underprivileged Campers

The Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) announced today that its Counterpoint Israel Program, a month-long service-learning initiative that aims to empower the next generation of Israeli youth via an exciting, Jewish values-driven summer camp experience, has tripled in size with the addition of three new camps in Beer Sheva, Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi.

With the program returning to the communities of Arad and Dimona as well, Counterpoint Israel will serve 300 Israeli campers from varied socio-economic backgrounds in five student-run camps from July 3 – August 5.

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Rabbi Julius Berman on Life in Jewish Communal Work and his Relationship with the Rav

The latest issue of Ami Magazine features an interview with Rabbi Julius Berman, outgoing chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and executive committee of Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Berman is a long-standing board member and supporter of Yeshiva and currently serves as the chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Inc. and as honorary president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. He has headed many national Jewish organizations, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and the American Zionist Youth Foundation.

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Alumnus and Longtime YU Libraries Contributor Honored at June 26 Reception 

On June 26, Yeshiva University honored Professor Ronald Rubin ’57YUHS at YU Libraries, in a special reception organized in recognition and appreciation of his many gifts to YU in recent years, including his gifts to the Mendel Gottesman Library’s rare collections. At the reception, Rubin received a framed certificate marking and commemorating his contributions to the University.

Rubin’s most recent gifts to the YU Libraries include a beautifully-bound, four volume Biblia Rabbinica (Mikra’ot Gedolot, 6th ed.) published in Basel in 1618-1619 and commissioned by the Christian Hebraist Johannes Buxtorf.

Rubin officially donated the Biblia Hebraica back in April, in honor of a significant birthday he was celebrating. He first became a patron of the YU Libraries four years ago, when he began contributing rare items to its collection. These items include a series of bound volumes of American newspapers from the early 1800s and a deed signed by former Texas governor George T. Wood, granting a tract of land near Austin to Jacob de Cordova, a Jew who settled in the Republic of Texas in 1837. By 1848, de Cardova ran one of the largest land agencies in Texas. Rubin has also donated to YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and recently dedicated a room in the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center.

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Einstein Faculty React to Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning the Affordable Care Act has been swift. The high court’s ruling to largely uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has significant implications for patients, medical schools and academic medical centers.

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Dr. Matthew Miller and Students Bring Yiddish Translation to Whitman Archive

In his celebrated poem “To You,” Walt Whitman wrote, “None have understood you, but I understand you.” The line, an example of Whitman’s trademark empathy with America’s culturally diverse working class, has hit home for countless readers over the years. For a group of early 20th-century Jewish immigrants, however, Whitman’s understanding became the inspiration for a new fusion of American and Yiddish literature—a body of work Dr. Matthew Miller, assistant professor of English at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, is hoping to bring to light.

In 1940, the Yiddish-American poet Louis Miller wrote a Yiddish translation of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which he titled Lider: fun bukh: bleter groz. Yiddish writers had already published a number of American authors in translation, but Whitman’s work was a popular subject for translation and literary criticism alike.

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Gemara Conference Brings Educators Together to Brainstorm New Goals, Standards and Techniques

On June 20, a group gathered in Yeshiva University’s Belfer Hall to engage in passionate debate about the gemara, their arguments peppered with yeshivish sprach [classic Talmudic terminology] and citations. But this was not your average beit medrash scene. Instead of young talmidim [students] trying to understand the content and language of the gemara, the group consisted of teachers, rebbeim and principals searching for new ways to think about teaching this ancient subject.

Azrieli's Dr. Moshe Krakowski facilitated the June 20 conference.

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Professor Steven Fine Leads Rome Research into Aftermath of Temple Destruction

From June 5 to 7, 2012 an international team of scholars led by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies in partnership with the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma undertook a pilot study of the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum, the ancient civic center of Rome, Italy. The focus of attention was the Menorah panel and the relief showing the deification of Titus at the apex of the arch.

The Menorah from the Temple in Jerusalem as depicted on Rome's Arch of Titus

The arch was originally dedicated after the Emperor Titus’ death in 81 CE and celebrates his victory in the Jewish War of 66-74 CE, which climaxed with the destruction of Jerusalem and her Temple in the summer of 70 CE.

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Anatoly Frenkel and Team Secure Department of Energy  Grant to Help Develop New Energy Sources

Dr. Anatoly Frenkel, professor of physics at Yeshiva University, is part of a team of physicists who have secured  a three-year grant for nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study how sub-microscopic manmade nanoclusters can be used to create more efficient energy sources.

Frenkel and his colleagues will help the Department of Energy create more efficient fuel and new forms of energy,

Frenkel’s team, which includes Ralph Nuzzo (University of Illinois), John Rehr (U. Washington) and Judith Yang (University of Pittsburgh), will receive a total of $1.92 million over the next three years for a grant to study: “Reactivity & Structural Dynamics of Supported Metal Nanoclusters using Electron Microscopy, In-Situ X-Ray Spectroscopy, Electronic Structure Theories, & Molecular Dynamics Simulations.”

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Lolita Wood-Hill Offers 11 Tips for Students Pursuing a Career in Medicine or Dentistry

With the need for health care professionals in high-demand, more and more students are choosing to pursue careers in this fast-growing industry.

Lolita Wood-Hill is the director of pre-health advisement at Yeshiva College.

“Yeshiva College students have consistently sought careers in medicine and dentistry but the past several years have shown a marked increase in the number of students applying to these programs,” says Lolita Wood-Hill, director of pre-health advisement at Yeshiva College. “With the increased interest in healthcare, we have also seen the quality of our applicant pool rise, attesting to the high-caliber students Yeshiva University is able to attract.”

Yeshiva College is not alone. At Stern College for Women, “the number of students interested in the health fields has grown substantially,” according to Dr. Brenda Loewy, pre-health adviser at Stern College, “and the acceptance rate has gotten better and better.”

With a medical school acceptance rate of 88 percent—well above the national average (approximately 50 percent)—and a 90 percent acceptance rate to dental schools in 2011, YU students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a host of Ivy League schools including Columbia, Harvard and Cornell.

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