Upcoming Issues

October 2014: “The World of the Beit Midrash”

Article submissions are due September 29.  Possible article suggestions include:

  • Did Avraham have a Beit Midrash? The History of Beit Midrash – the Batei Midrash of Shem va-Ever, Tannaim, Amoraim…
  • Women’s Beit Midrash – A need for a stronger push?
  • Bittul Torah – Is it really so bad?
  • Is havruta study the only way to learn?
  • Halakhic reflections on Kedushat Beit Midrash
  • Can I do my homework in the Beit Midrash? Parameters of proper actions/what can be learned in the Beit Midrash
  • Shiur versus Seder? What is the ideal way to learn?
  • Survey of YU’s Beit Midrash – Rabbis and their teaching methodologies
  • Prioritizing – the Place of Tanakh in the Beit Midrash
  • “Kinat Sofrim” – The value of competition in enhancing one’s Torah
  •  Does academic study have a place in the Beit Midrash?
  • The Importance of a Kol Torah, versus the silence of a library
  • Beit Midrash – A life of solitude? What about impacting the world?
  • Rosh Yeshivah vs. Community Rabbi – A new world order
  • Should there be a Syllabus in the Beit Midrash?
  • The importance of davening in a beit midrash/learning in a shul…
  • Famous personalities who did not get their initial education in the Beit Midrash – Vilna Gaon, the Rav, the Chazon Ish

November 2014: “Interfaith at YU?”

Submissions are due by November 13. Possible article suggestions include:

  • Article on how Judaism has related to other religion over the the course of  history: has the form of interaction  and discourse changed?
  • How much do you know about Christian and Islamic Theology?  Similarities and differences between the “Big 3” religions?
  • Eastern religions and their contribution to contemporary Judaism
  • “She-hem mishtahavim la-hevel va-rik” – Is it really that bad?
  • Another Look at the Rav’s seminal piece “Confrontation”
  • Interfaith at YU?! Should we go out of our way to interact with member of other faiths?
  • Does studying other religions help one appreciate and understand one’s own religion?
  • Stories of censorship in the Talmud and on…
  • May one walk into the Cloisters? Entering other places of religious worship
  • Analyzing the Bible as it’s used by various faiths. How do other faith read akedat Yitshak,  Yeshayahu chapter 53 etc.
  • She-lo asani goy? Is this meant to be read as a disparaging statement?
  • Inviting non-Jews for Shabbat/Hagim
  • Hatzolah ambulance, saving the lives of non-Jews on Shabbat
  • Mishum eivah/Mi-penei darkhei shalom
  • Kiruv on non-Jews? Should we be promoting the sheva mitzvot Benei Noah?

As always, please contact us at kolhamevaser@gmail.com with any questions. The editors will be glad to help you work on an article idea.