8/26/07

Miracle on 185th Street as Lawyer morphs into Torah Education Czar

The Yeshiva University student newspaper reports that a lawyer will be miraculously transformed into a Torah education czar at Yeshiva University. The lawyer, known as Rabbi Reiss has these exceptional qualifications, "From 1992 until he became Director of the Beit Din of America, Rabbi Reiss worked as an associate at the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City. Rabbi Reiss serves on the editorial board of Tradition magazine. He is also a member of the New York Bar Association, a certified mediator for the City of New York court system."

While this will prove to be an utterly miraculous transformation, it is not the first for the Washington Heights institution.

Another lawyer with equally impressive educational qualifications, not long ago was miraculously transformed into the president of the school.

The newspaper reports that, "Rabbi Reiss will assume the title Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Torah Studies by the time his appointment takes effect next year. He will be charged with overseeing all four undergraduate morning programs - IBC, MYP, Mechinah and SBMP - as well as directing RIETS."

This is a "marvelous appointment" to use the words of Chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm.

Marvelous, indeed, and miraculous.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Get over yourself. most educators arent good administrators and most administrators are better administrators than educators. its a good move, the people who need to be are very much behind it.
this is what tinme where they are actually getting it right.

Anonymous said...

All that has been done is to put the Torah education under one person so there is coordination in staff development, student placement, scheduling, etc. Anyone who knows what a mess it has been will applaud this. From your perch at FDU far away from YU in every way, I'm certain this looks strange. But you look strange to those of us in YU so let's just enjoy the diversity of life.
I generally like your humor but when you write about stuff you don't know or understand it's tedious.

Tzvee said...

gee, thanks for your opinions. but you see, universities are only as good as their reputations. reputations are built on appointments of faculty and staff. the school just fell six notches in the us news survey because its reputation has gone down - mainly due to the joel appointment. remember, lawyers are despised as a group - ever hear a lawyer joke? sure you have. yu is in danger of losing more ground in its reputation among its peers in education. it is after all an educational institution. it is not a shul or a day camp.

Anonymous said...

To my mind, the biggest question is whether Reiss will be responsible for academic Jewish studies coruses outside of the Beit Midrash (as part of the undergraduate Jewish programs - not in Yeshiva College).

I do not know him, and he might be a wonderful talmid chakham, but he certainly has no academic training in Jewish studies.

Tzvee said...

anon 8:20 obviously does not believe in miracles. although a virgin in jewish studies, reiss already has been anointed as a savior.

anon 8:20 said...

I believe you are mixing your metaphorical symbols. The virgin in Jewish Studies is the one who is giving birth to the savior.