The Yeshiva University (YU) Israel Beit Midrash (study hall) was dedicated as a living memorial to the late Rabbi Israel Miller, formerly of the Bronx, as part of the Second Yeshiva University Colloquium in Israel. Rabbi Israel Miller guided the founding of YU’s Israel Campus in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem, and established the Gruss Institute for advanced rabbinical study. He devoted 60 years of his life to YU first as a student and then as an administrator.
In an interview with Time magazine, Rabbi Israel Miller, senior vice president of Yeshiva University who devoted his life to the Jewish people and the State of Israel, was asked about the dual loyalty of the Jewish community in America. “Is Judaism a noun or an adjective? Are you American Jews or Jewish Americans?” came the question. Rabbi Miller responded: “Judaism is neither a noun nor an adjective. Judaism is a verb. A Jew acts, a Jew behaves, a Jew thinks, a Jew speaks, all in consonance with the will of God, in consonance with his mitzvot [commandments].”
A “renegade angel” is how Sally Regenhard likes to remember her son, Christian, a probationary firefighter who was killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center six years ago. Regenhard summoned her son’s memory at a 9/11 memorial event at Yeshiva University this year, organized by the student councils of Stern College for Women and Yeshiva College.
Rochel Berman, author of Dignity Beyond Death: The Jewish Preparation for Burial, was at Stern College for Women on Wednesday, Jan. 24, speaking to students about the process and beauty of Tahara, or ritual cleansing of the dead.