About Us/Staff

Kol Hamevaser is the monthly Jewish thought magazine of the Yeshiva University student body. Our primary contributors are undergraduates, although we include input from RIETS Roshei Yeshivah, YU Professors, and outside scholars. In addition to our print magazine, we sponsor special events that include speakers, discussion groups, conferences, and shabbatonim.

Kol Hamevaser was established in 2007-2008 by Mattan Erder, Gilah Kletenik, and David Lasher. It hearkens back to Hamevaser, a newspaper established in the 1960s by the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY) to compete with The Commentator. It later became a Jewish thought magazine, publishing its issues about twice a year until it was discontinued in 2002.

Today, Kol Hamevaser 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. It provides opportunities for young scholars to grow in their intellectual pursuits and mature into confident Jewish leaders.

Meet Our Staff


 Dovi Nadel Dovi Nadel Hailing from the small town of Southfield, Michigan, Dovi is a proud alumnus of Akiva Hebrew Day School. Following high school, Dovi spent time learning from peers and rabbis in the Gush. He’s currently a senior at YU majoring in Torah ve-Hokhmah and excels in taking classes li-shemah. When not in the beit midrash, the Heights Lounge, or exploring NYC, you can find Dovi sleeping in the library. His interests include encouraging, persuading, and sometimes nagging talented students to put their thoughts down on paper and write for Kol Hamevaser.
 shoshana halpern picture Shoshana Halpern Shoshana Halpern grew up in Philly and went to Kohelet Yeshiva High School. After graduating she spent a year in Israel at MMY. She is now majoring in psychology and minoring in biology at Stern, as an aspiring physical therapist. She looks forward to the intellectual Torah li-shemah Kol Hamevaser gives her the opportunity to learn. When she is not in the beit midrash Shoshana enjoys chilling with friends, sports, Broadway shows, and tropical islands.

Associate Editors

 Eleorah Sandman Eleorah SandmanAfter graduating from the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, attending Migdal Oz for a year, and coming to Stern, Eleorah is now a junior majoring in what she loves–Jewish Studies. When not in the beit midrash or class, she can be found creatively procrastinating, forging friendships over food in the caf, and trying to get to bed earlier.
 Raphi Ozarowski Raphi Ozarowski Raphi grew up in Skokie, Illinois and identifies as an out-of-towner even though he lived in Long Island through the age of 8. He went to Ida Crown Jewish Academy and learned in Yeshivat Hakotel for two years before attending Yeshiva University, where he is currently a senior. One of the proud and few Jewish Studies majors, Raphi’s interests range far and wide, including academic Bible, heresy, arguments about halakhah, and Carlebach tunes. Raphi also considers himself a very pretentious indie music fan.

Staff Writers

 Danny Abboudi Danny Abboudi Danny grew up in Philadelphia and attended Kohelet Yeshiva High School. Afterwards, he spent two years in Israel studying in Yeshiva Har Eztion where his passion for Talmud Torah flourished. He is currently studying in Yeshiva College and pursuing a major in sociology. His work in Bnei Akiva exemplifies his passion for the Jewish community and Torah knowledge. He looks forward to all of the studies involved in writing excellent articles for such a fantastic publication.
 Sam Berkovitz Sam Berkovitz Sam is from Far Rockaway, NY. After attending Rambam Mesivta, he spent two years learning in Yeshivat Torat Shraga under the tutelage of Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh. Upon entering Yeshiva College, where he is now a junior, Sam became entangled in academic Jewish studies and has been unable to extricate himself ever since. Sam dutifully officiates as the gabbai shelishi for the Rubin 7:45 Shaharit minyan and has seriously considered surgically fusing himself with the comfortable library chairs. Sam’s primary fields of interest include the history of rabbinic Judaism and Karaite internet culture.
Sam Dratch Sam Dratch is a sophomore hailing from West Hempstead, NY. Sam went to MTA for high school before spending two years in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh. He left yeshivah with a passion for Judaism and a subpar Rav Bina impression. Sam has not yet declared a major but is open to suggestions. Sam, or Samuel for long, is new to Kol Hamevaser but is very excited to start writing.
Sima Grossman
Miriam Pearl Klahr
 Maged Alex Maged Alex is a sophomore at Yeshiva College. He attended Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, in Beit Shemesh, and graduated from the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto. Each year that the Maple Leafs fail to win the Stanley Cup (that’s a professional hockey trophy), Alex is further convinced that the future of the Jewish people lies in Israel. His interests include reading, Settlers, Boy Meets World, and comedians Elon Gold and Mitch Hedberg (when they’re clean!) Alex also writes for the Times of Israel and the YU Commentator, and runs What’s Pshat?, an engaging Tanach column reaching over 1000 followers each week.
Tuvy Miller
Shaul Yaakov Morrison
 Sarah Robinson Sarah Robinson Sarah is a senior in Stern College majoring in Jewish Studies and Psychology with aspirations of becoming a clinical psychologist and a Yoetzet Halacha. Sarah is passionate about enhancing women’s halachic experience in Judaism – which is why she is co-president of Stern’s Beit Midrash Committee and runs Stern’s Megilat Esther reading. In the psychology field, Sarah runs YU Active Minds, interns for SOVRI (a frum sexual assault helpline), and has managed several research projects in abnormal psychology and human memory. Sarah was recently nominated to represent Yeshiva University in JCRC’s Jewish Student Leadership Fellowship.
Ari Schwartz
 Daniel Shlian Daniel Shlian Daniel, Central Jersey-born and bred and TABC- and Yeshivat Har Etzion-educated, is a second-year YC student majoring in chemistry and Jewish studies. On the occasions he is not writing or serving as the Mara de-Atra (that’s Aramaic for webmaster) for Kol Hamevaser, studying in the beit midrash, advocating for agunot, opinionating in the Commentator, acting as gabbai for the Rubin 7:45 Shaharit minyan, or tutoring in the Writing Center, Daniel can often be found in the YU library trying to explain the beauty of organic chemistry, the literary study of Tanakh, philosophy, or whatever else he happens to be reading to anyone who will listen.

Webmaster: Daniel Shlian. See above.

Layout Editor

Miriam Jacobson

Copy Editors

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Michal Schechter Michal Schechter is from West Hempstead, NY. After attending Central High School, she spent a year learning in Migdal Oz. Michal is a senior at Stern College majoring in Biology and minoring in Political Science. She is excited to be a part of the Kol Hamevaser staff for a second year!
Sima Grossman. See above.