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Friday, October 07, 2005
Yashar Books in YU Review
Yashar Books was highlighted in Yeshiva University's almuni publication YU Review, Fall 2005 p. 23 (here - PDF):
Spreading the (Written) Word

It’s a traditional publishing company with a twist: one that also offers free online content.

Started by Rabbi Gil Student ’94Y and Rabbi Moshe Schapiro ’93Y, AG, R in 2004, Yashar Books publishes printed volumes as well as online divrei Torah, both designed to spark dialogue among those who study Torah around the world.

“In the last 20 years there has been a huge change in the intellectual and scholarly thinking of many in the Orthodox world,” Rabbi Student said. “Unfortunately, many of their new ideas don’t get publicized. Scholars come up with brilliant notions but only their students hear about them.”

Rabbi Schapiro, a Judaica reference librarian at the Mendel Gottesman Library on the Wilf Campus and rabbi of the Synagogue of the Palisades in Fort Lee, NJ, and Rabbi Student, a former finance executive at Radian Insurance, came together to fulfill a life-long dream of publishing Jewish books.

They have recently published The Right and the Good: Halakhah and Human Relations by Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman ’94Y,R, instructor of Jewish studies at YU, as part of an ongoing series on Jewish ethics that will include a volume titled Moral Issues of the Marketplace in Jewish Law by Aaron Levine, Samson and Halina Bitensky Professor of Economics at YC.

The Open Access Project is an online resource center that bring together elements of a virtual beit midrash (study hall)—with free downloads of articles, essays, and eventually, entire books—and includes a public forum. It can be found at

“We want to make good quality scholarship accessible to the public at large, which is bound to be a boon for those beyond the walls of a university or yeshiva,” Rabbi Schapiro said.

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