Friday, May 13, 2016

Mixed Messages

Earlier today, the Yeshiva World published an article praising a Bas Yakov grad, who is also the wife of a Kollel member, for being named valedictorian of a Rutgers graduate school. Now the post is gone, but you can read the cache here

Why was it removed? Did YWN consult with Das Torah and decide it was immodest to congratulate a woman? Did they discover that becoming a valedictorian of a secular graduate school is pretty much the opposite of what BY students are told to do? Why are they proud of her for going against the instructions of her teachers? Or is that why the article was deleted? So confusing!

Anyway here's the article, with some small comment.

Lakewood Kollel Wife Makes Valedictorian of Rutger’s Graduate School
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times]

Rutger’s [SIC] is an academic powerhouse with an international reputation.


It one of the best public research universities in the US and its graduate and doctoral programs are top –ranked – [SIC] alongside Harvard and Yale.


Mrs. Chedva Blumenkrantz, nee Farkas, a Kollel wife whose husband studies in Beis Medrash Gavoah of Lakewood, was chosen as valedictorian of Rutger’s Pharmaceutical program. She is a graduate of Machon Sarah TAG High School in Far Rockaway, one of the leading bais Yaakovs in the country.

The author is employed by this school and should have disclosed that - especially if he was going to claim his employer is one of the leading schools in the country (ROFL)

She is also an alumnus of BJJ, under the auspices [SIC] of Rebbitzen David. Her husband, the grandson of Rabbi Avrohom Blumenkranz z”l acclaimed author of the Pesach Guide, is an alumnus of Brisk in Yerushalayim, a Talmid of Rav Avrohom Yehoshua Soloveitchik.

Rutger’s Pharmaceutical offers a world-class faculty of scientists. Faculty members include a member of the National Academy of Sciences, principal investigators of federally funded research projects, patent holders, national medical journal editors and advisory board members, and winners of prestigious national research awards.

This is virtually word for word lifted from the school's website, which should have also been disclosed

“We are very very proud of Chedva, [SIC] she personifies the student that we aim to develop, both in limudei kodesh, limudei chol, and Yiras Shamayim, may she continue to always make a Kiddush hashem,” remarked Mrs. Miriam Tropper, assistant principal of Machon Sara TAG High School, in Far Rockaway.

The fact that this woman signs the author's pay checks should have been disclosed.

Mrs. Blumenkrantz’s academic excellence is reflective of the superior education that Bais Yaakov schools provide across the nation.

2) And the construction of this sentence is reflective of what...
3) A skilled propagandist would have put that sentence in a quote, rather than allowing it to transform a news article into an editorial.

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