When I was a student in YU, the saintly figure of the elderly R. David Lifschitz graced the beis midrash every day. On rare occasions, his sons-in-law would visit for Shabbos. One son-in-law, R. Nosson Kamenetsky, would spend Shabbos in Yeshiva when he was visiting from Israel. His he'aros (always only after davening) to the ba'al koreh in the beis midrash, the grammatically aware R. David Komet, were everything one would expect from a son of Reb Ya'akov Kamenetsky. It was a learning experience just to hear afterwards what comments and corrections he had offered.
One time, it was either Shavu'os or a Shabbos in June (after college had concluded), R. Kamenetsky ate with us students in the cafeteria and gave a devar Torah to the crowd. His Torah-only message was clearly not an endorsement of Torah U-Madda, even if it was respectful and non-confrontational.
Yet, after his very public censorship in the yeshiva world to which he belongs, he is being welcomed back to YU as a guest speaker at a Torah U-Madda lecture:
Yeshiva University presents a Torah u-Madda Lecture:I will, unfortunately, not be able to attend but I encourage anyone who can go to do so. I am certain that the talk will be not only informing but also entertaining.
"Of Bans, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis"
A lecture by Rabbi Nathan Kamenetsky (noted author, lecturer and Rosh Yeshiva)
Thursday, March 10, 2005
8:00 PM - Furst 501
Yeshiva University - Wilf Campus, 500 West 185th Street, New York, NY
Refreshments will be served
For more information please email MenachemButler@hotmail.com