Today’s MTA Chanukah Light is alumnus, J.R. Rothstein (‘01).  Mr. Rothstein is a transactional real estate and construction law attorney at a midtown Manhattan law firm.  In 2017, he received a Fulbright award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Mr. Rothstein graduated from Cornell Law School, where he was Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and an Albert Heit Scholarship recipient.  He simultaneously obtained an L.LM. Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School and spent time studying Islamic Law at the American University of Cairo in Egypt.  After obtaining his J.D. and L.LM., Mr. Rothstein began his legal career serving as a federal law clerk in the Eastern District of New York for the Honorable I. Leo Glasser. Mr. Rothstein was also a Legacy Heritage Fellow at the United Nations and a Ariana De Rothschild Fellow at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School in Cambridge, United Kingdom, focusing on Social Entrepreneurship and impact investing with faith-based communities. In 2015, Mr. Rothstein founded and operates the Entrepreneur Shabbat Dinner Series, recently recognized by the eminent Professor Jonathan Sarna and for which he was subsequently awarded the JICNY Pinnacle of Leadership Award for promoting entrepreneurship.  “At MTA, I was active on the Debate Team, wrote for the student newspaper, played Forward on the Basketball team, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Halachic Questions In Contemporary Society and the Pearls of Wisdom literary journal.  These experiences helped me internalize the concept of Torah u’Maddah and prepared me to be a Jew and American in the modern world. I also credit Yeshiva University for providing me with opportunity generally and for preparing me for life specifically.  I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  To me, life is a splendid torch which I have gotten hold of for a moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”  Thank you, J.R., for serving as a light for the entire Jewish community and for exemplifying a true Torah u’Maddah lifestyle.


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