“Our students have excellent skills, and high interest, in Jewish thought and texts,”
“The conference was an excellent opportunity for them to meet other students from top universities around the country who are doing high-quality Jewish studies work, and it’s also wonderful that the broader academic community had the chance to see some of the work being produced in YU.”
“I became interested in this when I was introduced to a very rich excerpt from the Zohar, which discusses priests with physical impairments that disqualify them from service in Temple ritual,”
“I think that this type of research can further the dialogue surrounding disabilities in the Jewish community, exposing biases and uncovering the lives of their premodern Jewish predecessors,”
“Having lived this way their entire life, they lacked a basic familiarity with Jewish law and Jewish thought, and I wanted to learn how the Amsterdam community helped them adjust,”
“I see this project as part of a larger question in understanding how religious revival movements develop in the Jewish community: What factors and dynamics inspire, catalyze and effectuate a large-scale recommitment to Jewish observance and tradition, and have those factors changed throughout history?”
Yehuda Fogel — a junior from Wood-mere, New York, studying psychology and Jewish philosophy — a senior in Yeshiva University from Long Island, NY, who is currently studying psychology and Jewish Studies. His areas of interest are Jewish philosophy, gender studies, Hassidut, and Kabbalah, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between these disciplines. His current studies look at shared resonance in the works of Rabindranath Tagore and Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. It was Yehuda’s second UJSC. He presented a paper titled, “Ayzehu Gever: Haredi Draft Aversion and the War for Jewish Masculinity.” His studies focus on gender descriptions in Jewish philosophy, an idea he first discovered in Professor Daniel Kimmel’s Interrogating Masculinities class.
“The conference was a nice exposure to the interests of others studying Judaism with a variety of bright, driven students from colleges across the world,”