Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Dean of RIETS

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yona Reiss and the entire Yeshiva University community on R. Reiss' appointment as the new dean of RIETS (link). Here are some choice quotes from the Jewish Week article on the subject (link):

Rabbi [Yonah] Reiss[, new dean of RIETS,] told The Jewish Week, “To be able to educate students in the Torah U’Madah tradition, in the best sense of the word, is an extremely exciting opportunity for me.” He defines Torah U’Madah as “the notion of developing the full awareness and reverence for God’s presence in the universe by learning and understanding as much as possible about the universe as a whole; to excel in Torah learning while being mindful of general learning in all the sciences and in all the disciplines”...

[YU President Richard] Joel described Rabbi Reiss as “a poster child for both Torah commitment and halachic rigor coupled with a sense of wonder about the world and appreciation for excellence in those pursuits. He is not someone who sought this job, but the more I talked to him the more I concluded that this is someone whose destiny it is to be a partner in building this enterprise. New times have to make way for fresh perspectives” in what Joel calls, “the technicolor world of Torah U’Mada.”

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