Kol Hamevaser

Kol Hamevaser Jewish Thought Magazine of the Yeshiva University Student Body

Do you love to write? Do you have ideas and reflection on Jewish thought that you would like to share and discuss with others? Kol Hamevaser is the Jewish Thought Magazine of the Yeshiva University Student Body. The publication has a distinguished history and an extensive, growing readership across the world, through its print and online editions. It is staffed and edited entirely by YU undergraduate students, and its content includes work on Halakha, philosophy, Tanakh, Jewish art, and reflections and opinions on religious life and policies. As a club on the Wilf and Beren Campuses, Kol Hamevaser also brings in dynamic guest lecturers on various topics of interest in the field of Jewish Thought, conducts discussion groups on notable articles, and coordinates Shabbatonim on and off campus with special guest speakers. The magazine is seeking new staff writers for the 2011-2012 academic year. Staff members are expected to write at least two articles per semester, although all students can, and are encouraged to, submit articles. If you would like to apply, please email [email protected] with an expression of interest and a writing sample. Chana Cooper and Chesky Kopel KHM Editors Shlomo Zuckier, Sarit Bendavid, Ilana Gadish, and Jonathan Ziring Outgoing KHM Editors

Mission: Kol Hamevaser, the Jewish Thought magazine of the Yeshiva University student body, is dedicated to sparking discussion of Jewish issues on the Yeshiva University campus and beyond. The magazine hopes to facilitate the religious and intellectual growth of its readership and serves as a forum for students to express their views on a variety of issues that face the Jewish community. It also provides opportunities for young thinkers to engage Judaism intellectually and creatively, and to mature into confident leaders. Kol Hamevaser is published monthly and its primary contributors are undergraduates, although it includes input from RIETS Roshei Yeshivah, YU professors, and outside figures. In addition to its print magazine, Kol Hamevaser also sponsors special events, speakers, discussion groups, conferences, and shabbatonim. The staff encourages all readers to participate in the discussion and respond in print or online at www.kolhamevaser.com.

Orthodox spaces frequently divide themselves into men's spaces and women's spaces, none more blatantly than the synagogu...
04/07/2019
Why is There a Need to Create a Divide?

Orthodox spaces frequently divide themselves into men's spaces and women's spaces, none more blatantly than the synagogue and its ubiquitious mehitsah. Why is this the case? Zahava Fertig dives in.

http://kolhamevaser.com/2019/04/03/why-is-there-a-need-to-create-a-divide/

By: Zahava Fertig Every shul has a different type of mehitsah: some shorter, some taller, some prettier, some plainer, some with one sided mirrors, some with slats some all the way up to the ceilin…

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04/04/2019

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Is Furst Hall an ugly monolith or a powerful symbol of resilience? Is Zysman Hall really meant to look like a mosque? Dr...
04/04/2019
The Architecture of Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus

Is Furst Hall an ugly monolith or a powerful symbol of resilience? Is Zysman Hall really meant to look like a mosque? Dr. Jess Olson is our tour guide to explore the meaning in the Wilf Campus' architecture.

http://kolhamevaser.com/2019/04/03/the-architecture-of-yeshiva-university's-wilf-campus/

As I reiterate to my students each semester as we sit in our Furst classroom and contemplate the vicissitudes of Jewish modernity, it is, in its own unassuming way, another jewel of our campus.

In the editorial, editor-in-chief Reuven Herzog introduces the issue and attempts to construct a model for understanding...
04/04/2019
Editor’s Thoughts: Defining the Yeshiva-Space

In the editorial, editor-in-chief Reuven Herzog introduces the issue and attempts to construct a model for understanding the boundaries and scope of the "yeshiva-space" of Yeshiva University.

http://kolhamevaser.com/2019/04/03/editors-thoughts:-defining-the-yeshiva-space/

From both a descriptive and prescriptive angle, spaces have inherent qualities and expectations, and before engaging in questions of what is or what ought to be with our yeshiva and our university …

After a long hiatus, Kol Hamevaser's first issue of 5779 is now available!Read our issue themed on "Space" on www.kolham...
04/04/2019
Kol Hamevaser – The Jewish Thought Magazine of the Yeshiva University Student Body

After a long hiatus, Kol Hamevaser's first issue of 5779 is now available!

Read our issue themed on "Space" on www.kolhamevaser.com.

Archive Index Available!To find the article you are looking for, please make use of our index available here: https://tinyurl.com/khm-article-index . It is sortable and searchable by author, title, and issue. In addition, we have begun to incorporate a tag database for our articles. Volume 1 1.1 Rel...

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight; we had a fantastic time learning about Rabbi/Professor Heschel from two esteeme...
02/28/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight; we had a fantastic time learning about Rabbi/Professor Heschel from two esteemed scholars! The recording from the event will be uploaded shortly.

Thanks to friends in life and learning, Prof. Chaim Saiman and R' Ezra Schwartz, for a fascinating discussion tonight!
02/22/2019

Thanks to friends in life and learning, Prof. Chaim Saiman and R' Ezra Schwartz, for a fascinating discussion tonight!

02/22/2019
The Seforim Sale

The Seforim Sale

Halakhah

with Chaim Saiman and Rabbi Ezra Schwartz

While our issue themed on Space is almost ready to hit the shelves, we are looking towards our next issue. So, what do y...
02/13/2019
Kol Hamevaser Registration

While our issue themed on Space is almost ready to hit the shelves, we are looking towards our next issue. So, what do you want to read about, what do you want to write about?
Nominate a theme at this link! tinyurl.com/khm5779

Want to write for us? Want to edit for us? Have an idea on what our next issue's theme should be? Sign up here!

05/31/2018

We are looking for editors!

If you want to join the magazine as an associate editor, please contact Reuven Herzog at [email protected]

05/28/2018

The summer is not just an opportunity to relax, it's also a great time to work on writing projects.
If you have an idea you've wanted to explore, an article you just couldn't find time to write during the schoolyear, start it now!

We will be announcing themes for our issues later, but we will accept quality submissions of any topic.

Contact us at [email protected]

Happy writing!

05/03/2017

Did you know the Kol Hamevaser shabbaton is this weekend?

If you are going and have written for the journal before, please reach out to Reuven Herzog ([email protected]). See you on Shabbat!

Our newest issue, on Israel and the Diaspora, is online! Check it out at www.kolhamevaser.comOr get a pdf here: http://w...
04/28/2017
Kol Hamevaser | The Jewish Thought Magazine of the Yeshiva University Student Body

Our newest issue, on Israel and the Diaspora, is online! Check it out at www.kolhamevaser.com

Or get a pdf here: http://www.kolhamevaser.com/wp-conte…/…/2017/04/9.5-web2.pdf

And...next week at the Beren Campus is the Kol Hamevaser-Medical Ethics Society shabbaton. Sign up will be on the OSL website on Sunday evening, and stay tuned for all the awesome details!

Shabbat shalom!

The Jewish Thought Magazine of the Yeshiva University Student Body

Kol Hamevaser's second issue of the year is on shelves NOW!Topic - HassidutWilf Campus - On the newspaper racks in Nagel...
01/25/2017

Kol Hamevaser's second issue of the year is on shelves NOW!

Topic - Hassidut

Wilf Campus - On the newspaper racks in Nagel, Rubin, Morg, and Muss; in the Glueck and Zysman batei midrash; at the check-out desks in the Library (2 & 5).

Beren Campus - In the beit midrash; on the newspaper racks in the 215 and 245 lobbies.

Online - shortly!

10/14/2016

Kol Hamevaser would like to wish our current Editor-in-Chief a mazal tov on his engagement to last year's Assistant Editor, Elianne Neuman!

A huge thanks to our debaters! Tonight's event definitely gave us a lot of food for thought.
03/22/2016

A huge thanks to our debaters! Tonight's event definitely gave us a lot of food for thought.

03/06/2016
Chirbit [elanaperlow] ...

The recording of "Is Orthodox Faith Reasonable?" with Dr. Sam Lebens. Enjoy!

Audio: Dr. Sam Lebens - Is Orthodox Faith Reasonable - social audio

We "believe" that this event was a huge success! Thanks to everyone for coming out!
03/04/2016

We "believe" that this event was a huge success! Thanks to everyone for coming out!

Timeline Photos
02/26/2016

Timeline Photos

11/18/2015

Shmita: Past, Present & Future
The Yeshiva University Museum is hosting a conversation about Shmita with Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon of the Halacha Education Center tomorrow night (Wednesday, November 18th) from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The panel discussion will explore how shmita impacts the religious and non-relgious, the relevance of shmita for people in and outside Israel, and the vision of shmita for the future. The program complements YUM’s exhibition, Fields of Dreams: Living Shmita in the Modern World, and is Co-Presented with the Orthodox Union (OU).
We have been told that the event is free for YU students.

God’s Three Keys and the Dialogue between Talmud and TanakhBy Miriam Pearl Klahr http://www.kolhamevaser.com/2015/05/g...
05/14/2015
God’s Three Keys and the Dialogue between Talmud and Tanakh

God’s Three Keys and the Dialogue between Talmud and Tanakh
By Miriam Pearl Klahr http://www.kolhamevaser.com/2015/05/gods-three-keys-and-the-dialogue-between-talmud-and-tanakh/

“Talmudic text that comments on some verses of Scripture calls in its turn for interpretation. Its intentions are not immediately apparent; its exposition can surprise a novice, and allows for several levels and dimensions of meaning,[i]” wrote the twentieth century French philosopher, Emmanuel Levi…

Final article by editor Dovi Nadel. Reflections of an Unrepentant Tanakh Enthusiast.http://www.kolhamevaser.com/2015/05/...
05/14/2015
Reflections of an Unrepentant Tanakh Enthusiast

Final article by editor Dovi Nadel. Reflections of an Unrepentant Tanakh Enthusiast.
http://www.kolhamevaser.com/2015/05/reflections-of-an-unrepentant-tanakh-enthusiast/

R. [i] Simeon b. Eleazar testified on the authority of R. Simeon b. Hanina: He who reads a verse at its proper time brings good to the world, as it is written, “And a word spoken in its proper time, how good is it.”[ii] These days, children’s games have fallen quite far from their heyday in former […

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