Stories of Yeshiva College

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My article from the front page of this week’s The Jewish Press (link):

It was over a decade ago and the large Yeshiva University beis medrash was full of books and tables, but only a few students. It was time for college classes and, at that time, the kollel learned in a different building.

The main beis medrash was never completely empty, but at certain times it came close. I was cutting class and learning in the beis medrash when a thirty-something chassid walked in, looked around, came up to me and innocently asked, “Es dos a yeshiva oy a college?” – “Is this a yeshiva or a college?”…

Continued here. And the book is available for purchase here.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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