05 January 2006

YCT Credit

While I was reading in the Jewish Week a few weeks ago, I thought a similar thing, but didn't want to say anything about it YCT being omitted in an article about YU, until someone else wrote in to them a letter that was published this week:
Credit Chovevei

There is a glaring omission in your article on the new Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University (“YU Launches Center For Jewish Future,” Dec. 16). While the goal of this new center is twice referred to as creating a more “open Orthodoxy,” the institution that coined this phrase, Rabbi Avi Weiss’ Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, is never mentioned.

While the new YU center is referred to as a response to Touro College on the right and Ivy League universities on the left, clearly it is the vision, success and competition of Chovevei Torah that is responsible for the center.

I am a graduate of YU and have no relation to Chovevei Torah, but we should give credit where credit is due and be thankful to Chovevei Torah for inspiring such changes and programs in YU and the broader Orthodox community.
Laurence Wein
Teaneck, N.J.
Reading it, I was surprised that he wasn't connected to YCT, as he spoke in positive terms of it in his letter. Nevertheless, he does make a good point.


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