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sure of opposition from some Orthodox elements, but it became
the guiding principle of the institution.
Revel’s program was enhanced and amplified by his successor,
Samuel Belkin, who furthered the concept of integration. The
new Yeshiva University maintained side by side with its rabbinical
seminary not only the Bernard Revel Graduate School for Jewish
Studies, but expanded its graduate program to include schools of
medicine, law, arts and education, social work and science.
Belkin’s work is being carried forward by Norman Lamm, the
present American-born and educated president o f the institu­
Yeshiva University represents a unique departure in Yeshiva
education and a remarkable example of adaptation to the Ameri­
can scene. It marks an effort to transplant many of the elements
of traditional European Talmudic study, but at the same time
seeks to combine them with secular attainments. The faculty of its
rabbinical seminary has consisted of
roshei Yeshivah
who have con­
tributed to the literature of
hiddushei Torah
or novellae. It also
afforded a platform for as preeminent a rabbinic scholar as
Joseph B. Soloveitchik who, in addition to offering talmudic dis­
courses in the rabbinical seminary, served also as professor of
philosophy at the graduate school. As a champion of enlightened
Orthodoxy, Soloveitchik has been looked to as a role model by
generations of Yeshiva University students.
Among the faculty members who made significant contribu­
tions to the advancement of Jewish scholarship were Pinkhos
Churgin and Samuel K. Mirsky. Churgin, who later founded
Bar-Ilan University, established the scholarly semi-annual
while Mirsky edited the quarterly
and the publications of
the Sura Institute. Beginning with the 30’s these publications pro­
vided scholarly forums for Yeshiva University faculty members
and other scholars.
Yeshiva University has maintained a press which has published
series of volumes that bring an Orthodox point of view to bear
upon historic and legal problems and contemporary issues.
These include
Studies in Torah Judaism
Studies in Judaica,
edited by Leon D. Stitskin, and
The Library ofJewish Law and Ethics,
edited by Norman Lamm. In addition, the Yeshiva University
Museum has published various catalogues of its exhibitions and
the library has issued the volume
Hebrew Incunabula,