This Friday signals the start of Yeshiva University's first significant effort to create a presence in Israel (outside of the four walls of the Gruss Center). President Richard Joel, whose commitment to strengthening ties with the Israeli Modern Orthodox community (in potentia) is inspiring, is convening a six day convocation consisting of sessions, shiurim and symposia on Torah UMadda as it relates to and impacts upon Israeli Life. [Kudos, moreover, to YU"s VP for Israel Affairs, Howard Weisband, who made it happen.]
In my opinion, the program is significant for two reasons. First, it is a high quality effort that matches Israelis and Americans, with an eye to the interface between the two communities. Second, or perhaps more importantly, it is occurring. As you know, I believe deeply that Israeli Orthodoxy (and the Jewish community here generally) is in desperate need of exactly the tools and insights that YU has developed over the past century, in order to survive as a Jewish State.
[Indeed, it may ne part of the answer to the malaise described so hauntingly by Caroline Glick, a few days ago.]
As my wife's grandmother used to say: לאמיר האפ'ן פאר די בעסט, דער אייבעשטער זאל העלפ'ן