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
|Adam Friedmann Adam Friedmann, the editor on the Wilf Campus, is a senior-YC student majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Computer Science. He hails from Toronto, Canada and spent two years at Yesodei Hatorah (the other-other yeshiva in Beit Shemesh). His principle occupation is Torah study though his interests include music (both playing and listening), writing, and philosophy.
|Atara Siegel Atara, editor in chief on the Beren campus, is a senior at SCW, and is enjoying studying human behavior through majoring in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience. She looks forward to a career in clinical psychology, and hopes to always keep writing. If she hasn’t already bugged you about this in person, she encourages you to write as well, and send your articles in to Kol Hamevaser. We’d love for you to join the conversation!
|Kimberly Hay Kimberly is a Stern College senior from West Hempstead, NY, majoring in Political Science and minoring in English. She went to SKA High School and spent a year studying in Migdal Oz before coming to Stern. When she’s not thinking about issues facing the Jewish community (read: spacing out), Kimberly enjoys spending time in the beit midrash, reading, talking about halachic prenups, and listening to people make jokes about her last name.|
|Dovi Nadel Hailing from the small town of Southfield , Michigan, Dovi is a proud alumnus of Akiva Hebrew Day School. Following high school, he hid in the Gush for two years and later reemerged on the YU campus. When not in the beit midrash , the heights lounge , or exploring NYC , you can find Dovi sleeping… in the library.|
|Akiva Weisinger Akiva, entering his second year on YU Campus, is a Jewish Studies major hailing from the small, growing, Jewish community of Teaneck, NJ. He previously spent two years at Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah (yes, the bookmark people), and before that spent 4 years at MTA swearing he would never again walk the halls of Muss and Zysman, a promise which obviously has gone well. Akiva’s interests consist of anything that is interesting, which includes but is by no means limited to Contemporary Jewish Philosophy, hardboiled detective novels, the music of Bob Dylan, and the suddenly resurgent Detroit Lions. He can be usually be spotted on Facebook, spelling his name funny and arguing with someone.|
|Alex Maged 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? (www.whatspshat.wordpress.com), an engaging Tanach column reaching over 500 followers each week.
|Gilad Barach Gilad is a super-senior in YC, majoring in Math and Physics, despite (or, perhaps, because of) his love/hate relationship with contemporary physics (it’s complicated). Gilad enjoys learning and sharing Torah, and he writes for Kol Hamevaser to sate both of these desires. After graduating, he intends to use physics to fix the world while living a utopian life in Israel.
|Miriam Khukhashvili Miriam is a Senior at Stern College for Women from Queens, NY. She attended Stella K. Abraham HS for girls, followed by Shaalvim for Women. She is majoring in English-the exact track is currently undecided. Miriam’s an avid fan of both Tanakh and the Yankees (respectively) and her hobbies include reading, jigsaw puzzles and eating FroYo.|
|Pinny Wasser is a third year student at the Sy SYMS School of Business majoring in Marketing. Growing up in West Orange, New Jersey, Pinny attended the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School and Yeshivat Lev HaTorah in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel for two years. Nowadays, he is not only the Advertising Manager for Kol Hamevaser but is also the Vice President of the Sy SYMS Marketing Club. His hobbies include learning Torah, cooking, playing/watching hockey and having a fun time.|
|Rafi Miller Rafi is a third-generation native of the Chicago area. The Cubs still have yet to win a World Series since the Miller family arrived. Rafi attended Ida Crown Jewish Academy and Yeshivat Hakotel, and is now in his fourth year at YU, majoring in Mathematics and Physics. He currently runs the websites of The Commentator, The Beacon, and Kol Hamevaser. He enjoys web design, as it happens.|