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Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm has retired after sixty years at Yeshiva University.
In 1976 Dr. Lamm, after years as a student and then faculty member, was appointed president of YU and rosh yeshiva of YU’s rabbinical school, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS).
In 2003 he stepped down as president, assuming the title of chancellor, while staying on as head of RIETS.
Dr. Lamm is an accomplished Torah scholar and Jewish thinker and the author of more than a dozen wide-ranging works on Torah greats of the past, Jewish sociology, history and philosophy.
A prodigious fundraiser, he rescued the university from looming bankruptcy and substantially increased its endowment. He also raised YU’s academic rating.
Rabbi Lamm announced his retirement in the form of a lengthy letter released to the public. In it, he wrote lovingly of YU and offered his hopes for the school’s future. He also acknowledged he should have done more when allegations of sex abuse were leveled against two rabbis at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s – allegations that did not become public until the Jewish Daily Forward published a series of articles about the incidents last winter.
While Dr. Lamm’s words were courageous, most of the news coverage of his resignation has been anything but, with an incessant focus on the decades-old allegations and Dr. Lamm’s apology. While the issue is by no means an unimportant one, it should not be deemed as in any way defining the life’s work of one of the more significant figures in Jewish education for well over half a century.
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Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t
There was a glaring void in the President’s State of the Union speech: Israel.
Let’s focus not on becoming an ATM for that little bundle of joy, but on what you can save in taxes.
Israel has some wild places left; places to reflect and think, to get lost, to try to find ourselves
The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.
Obama’s Syrian policy failures created the current situation in the Golan Heights.
Our journey begins by attempting to see things differently, only then can we be open to change.
Despite Western ‘Conventional Wisdom&PC,’ the Arab/Israeli conflict was never about the Palestinians
Confrontation & accountability, proven techniques, might also help dealing with religious terrorists
In fact, wherever you see soldiers in Paris today, you pretty much know you’re near Jewish site
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The abuse following publication proved a cautionary tale: no one followed in Peters’s footsteps
Plainly, there is no guiding hand dictating choices across the board.
In this particular case, the issue was whether the Arkansas prison system could prohibit, for security reasons, a devout Muslim’s maintaining a beard of a certain length as a matter of religious practice.
Despite the president’s respectable anti-terrorism record, he doubtless has little interest in being identified with anything that might suggest, however tangentially, criticism of Muslims or Islam.
One wonders what connection that rejection has with turning to the ICC, which would allow the Palestinians to bring war-crime charges against individual Israelis and is certainly one more step away from seeking a negotiated settlement.
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Thus, despite the increasingly serious problems for the mayor arising out of the current anti-police protests, Mr. de Blasio apparently will be cut no slack by those who seem to be aiming for a significant role in running the city from the streets and who will do whatever they can to prevent their momentum from ebbing.
Despite strong pressure to throw the book at the accused, Mr. Thompson allowed him to plead guilty to assault.
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