Hebrew U. President says scholars harm themselves by closing their gates to new ideas, updated work.
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Menahem Ben-Sasson has been president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 2009 after having served for four years in the Knesset, where he chaired its Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. A historian of the heritage of Oriental Jewry, he has written some 40 books and scholarly articles on a range of subjects, including Jewish communities in Muslim lands, the relationship between religion and economics and law and spirituality as sources of authority in Medieval Oriental Society. The Jewish Week caught up with him last week in the wake of the vote by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli universities.
While Hebrew U profs bristle at the prospect, several Israeli universities are offering single-sex programs for haredim.
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Jerusalem — For more than a year, officials at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have been grappling with a difficult decision: whether to introduce a haredi academic-degree program that would enable fervently Orthodox students to learn in gender-segregated classrooms (and, in the case of male students, with only male teachers), even though, officials say, these accommodations go against the principles of equality on which the university is based.
Expanded Internet archive at Hebrew University offers window into physicist’s life and work.
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Jerusalem — Ever wonder about Albert Einstein’s love life?
Now you can get a firsthand glimpse by searching the newly improved Einstein Archives website, which relaunched Monday with expanded offerings.
The online archive now makes available digitally 2,000 documents from Einstein’s papers and other sources, as well as a searchable catalogue of more than 80,000 documents held in the Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Okay, that was me being sarcastic, but the problem with the Jewish tradition of sarcasm is that it doesn't translate well in Cyberspace where tone of speech doesn't come through in text. That's why it makes sense that the ability for computers to detect sarcastic speech has been developed in the Jewish homeland.
JTA — The widow of real estate mogul Saul Brandman said she was giving $8 million to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Joyce Brandman announced Aug. 12 that the donation through the university’s American fund-raising arm in New York will go to build a laboratory research center on the Givat Ram campus. The center will focus on the school’s chemistry, biology, physics and pharmacology programs, according to The Wall Street Journal.