Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Dr. Chaya Sima Koenigsberg, Dr. Shaina Trapedo, and the Beren Straus Scholars enjoy their first Shakespeare and the Bible seminar

Shakespeare or the Bible?

Guest Post by Rebecca Aduculesi, Straus Scholar On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the Beren Straus Scholars of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought participated in their first seminar on Shakespeare and the Bible, which explores the text’s influence on the works of playwright William Shakespeare.     The weekly Shakespeare […]

The Gates of Gath

For Professor Jill Katz, Archaeological Discovery Sheds Light on Heroics of King David A few weeks ago, my teenage son excitedly announced that “[my] archaeological site was trending on Facebook.” No matter that soon so many other stories would overtake it.  My existence and work were certified at that moment. “My” archaeological site is Tell es-Safi, the […]

Now in Video: “Modeling the Flood Story: Midrash and Movie”

In Fall 2014, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies partnered with Yeshiva College and the YU Museum in hosting  “Modeling the Flood Story: Midrash and Movie,” an interdisciplinary symposium examining the biblical flood account and how the story has been read, interpreted, reconstructed – and modeled – through Midrash, medieval and modern texts, art, and film, with a particular focus on the 2014 Hollywood film Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky.