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R’ Avidan Freedman, ’07, invites fellow Israelis to be shelter for African refugees

Posted on January 24, 2018

In a Jerusalem Post article, YCT musmakh, Rabbi Avidan Freedman describes his relationship with three African refugees in Israel and invites his fellow Israelis to follow the Torah’s commandment in offering shelter to those in need.

“Rather than comply blindly with the government’s policies, I will open my eyes, extend my hand, and say to all who need it: I will be your shelter.”… Read the rest

Base Hillel: A pluralistic project for millennials takes a page from the Chabad playbook

Posted on January 19, 2018


YCT musmakhim Jon Leener and Avram Mlotek impact hundreds of millennials in their respective Base Hillels in the NYC neighborhoods of Chelsea and Williamsburg. Their work is well described in this JTA article:

“Base occupies a middle ground between the home-and synagogue-based outreach of Chabad, the outward-looking Hasidic movement, and Moishe House, a network of apartments where young Jewish singles host social and holiday events in exchange for rent subsidies.… Read the rest

The Solution to Growing Chasm Between Israel and North American Jewry

Posted on January 4, 2018

In a recent eJewishphilanthrophy article, YCT musmakh Amitai Fraiman, proposes a “reverse Birthright” program, to address the growing chasm between Israel and North American Jewry.

“(US Jews) are people that never send their children to fight for their country … Most of them are having quite convenient lives.”… Read the rest

What the Book of Genesis Tells Us About Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

Posted on December 7, 2017

YCT musmakh Rabbi Daniel Goodman (’16) claims that the first book of the Torah has plenty to say about sexual exploitation.

“Bill Cosby. Bill O’Reilly. Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Charlie Rose. Matt Lauer. John Conyers. What drives these men to engage in such terrible behavior?… Read the rest

Adult Learning is the Number One Priority for the Jewish Future

Posted on October 16, 2017

YCT musmakh Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (’10) has written a new piece on the importance of Jewish Adult education in eJewish Philanthropy:

“Adult Jewish learning need not be relegated as an afterthought, nor does it have to follow a cookie cutter approach into mediocrity and, ultimately, irrelevance.… Read the rest

Libi B’Mizrach- New IRF Journal on Religious ZIonism

Posted on October 9, 2017

YCT musmakh Rabbi Zach Truboff ’10 has announced the publication of a new IRF Journal, Libi B’Mizrach, a collection of essays and reflections on Religious Zionism. This past year saw two momentous anniversaries in the history of Zionism- fifty years since the Six Day War and one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration.… Read the rest

Supporting and Destigmatizing Those With Mental Illness

Posted on September 14, 2017

The support group, informally called “How You Feeling?” is a grassroots project of Rabbi Avram Mlotek, one of the founders of Base Hillel, home-based communities for Jewish millennials that use a rabbi’s home as a convening point for pluralistic Jewish life.… Read the rest

For Judaism to survive, it has to get out of the shtetl

Posted on August 11, 2017

The South African Jewish Report on YCT musmakh Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz’s recent teaching in the South African Jewish community:

“Love him or shun him, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Dr Shmuly Yanklowitz is an extraordinary human being whose controversial views are a spiritual thorn in the establishment’s side.… Read the rest

YCTorah Launches Audio Catalog

Posted on July 31, 2017

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT) announces the launch of the new Audio Catalog as part of the YCTorah Virtual Library, now available at

The Audio Catalog includes over 500 recordings of lectures by over 100 presenters from YCT’s annual Yemei Iyun beginning in 2007.… Read the rest

The Spiritual Trauma of Taking a Life

Posted on July 17, 2017

Read Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s piece in My Jewish Learning on parasha Matot Masei about how the kosher practice of waiting between meat and dairy reminds us of Moses’ discomfort with violence.… Read the rest