Editor’s Thoughts: Defining the Yeshiva-Space

From both a descriptive and prescriptive angle, spaces have inherent qualities and expectations, and before engaging in questions of what is or what ought to be with our yeshiva and our university – questions of tradition and innovation, insularity and engagement, top-down and bottom-up authority, the Academy and the Mesorah – we must agree on a definition of those two terms.

Walking the Lost Jewish Streets of Alfred Kazin’s Brownsville

Walking the Lost Jewish Streets of Alfred Kazin’s Brownsville

Kazin viewed Brownsville as the contrast between his home and “the beyond.” He always saw everything outside Brownsville as the “real America” – full of Italians, blacks, alrightniks, Polish, rich, and everyone else. In the development of Jewish life in New York City, though, Brownsville was already a step out. If the Lower East Side was the Gilgal of America, Brownsville was its Shiloh.