More than 150 modestly dressed women of all ages packed Schenk Synagogue on Yeshiva University’s Washington Heights campus on Sunday for two lectures that kicked off Midreshet Yom Rishon, a free, weekly learning series exclusively for “the second sex.” Many of the women scribbled notes as YU’s Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, discussed Jewish law in the technology age, and Michelle Levine, professor of Torah studies at YU’s Stern College for Women, explored various interpretations of Eve’s creation.“My overriding message,” Levine said, &l
David Eric Borowitz was introduced to gas masks when he led a delegation of students from Yeshiva University and Stern College to Israel on the eve of the Gulf War 12 years ago. "I had hoped the last gas mask I'd ever see was in 1991," he said.
Last week he saw the gas masks again. "They were waiting for us on the seats": of the bus that carried Borowitz and 34 others in a hastily arrived Action of Unity solidarity mission from Ben-Gurion Airport to their hotel in Jerusalem.