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Teach NYS Praises Gov. Cuomo’s FY 2017-2018 Budget Proposal

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Albany—Teach NYS, a project of the Orthodox Union, praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal for including increased funding for nonpublic schools. Teach NYS also urged the governor to go one step further by supporting an inclusive STEM program for all students.

In last year’s budget, Teach NYS successfully advocated...

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Understanding the Tenth Commandment

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Dodi Fishman Tobin, dean of students for Bellows Eshkolot: The Matan Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies in Israel, will speak on Wednesday, February 8, at 7:45 p.m. at Young Israel of New Rochelle. Her topic, “Thou Shalt Not Covet,” concluding a list of five commandments meant to promote and maintain a civilized society, may be the most challenging. How can God command a feeling, as opposed to our words and actions? How does the experience of envy pose a major threat to the community? We’ll explore these issues in depth through examples of coveting in Tanach and the teachings of great sages throughout the ages.

In addition to her position of dean at Bellows, Dr...

YU’s Azrieli Graduate School Announces Rolling Admissions

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To make its graduate programs even more accessible to Jewish educators worldwide, Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration recently announced that students will be able to enroll in its programs during any semester.

Previously, prospective students would have to wait until the fall semester to begin an online or traditional master’s at Azrieli. By adopting a more flexible rolling admissions policy, the school hopes to better meet the needs of busy professionals.

“We are really aiming to meet the needs of all Jewish educators, wherever they work, whatever level they are—seasoned or novice—whatever model of learning they need, and...

Tesla Motors, Pokémon Go and Hair-Splitting Talmudic Arguments

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Beginning Sunday, January 29, at 11:45 a.m., Rabbi Yanky Raskin of Chabad of Riverdale will teach a fascinating new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) called “The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.”

In an example of one such conundrum, Tesla Motors is currently programming self-driving cars for instances when death is inevitable. Should they program the cars to swerve and avoid killing more pedestrians, but kill one whose life was previously not endangered? Should it favor the lives of pedestrians over passengers? Should it favor the lives of younger people over those who are older? And should owners be given the ability to...

KBY Will Hold Memorial for Eli Klein at YU

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American Friends of Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh will present a memorial (Azkara) program in honor of its beloved longtime director, Mr. Eli Klein, at 8 p.m. on Thursday February 2, at the Fischel (Old) Beis Medrash on the Yeshiva University campus in upper Manhattan.

Mr. Klein gave his heart and soul to the yeshiva for more than 50 years. He served with great honor and distinction, and was responsible for lifting the yeshiva from its early years of development, standing on desolate ground, to the beautiful and spacious campus of today.

Mr. Klein became KBY’s director in 1964. Over the years, he made a positive impression on thousands of KBY parents, supporters and especially its...

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