Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Orthodoxy Test #6: Yeshiva University

Yeshiva University is

a) a makom tumah
b) frum, but just barely. "Not for us."
c) acceptable, although a little leftish
d) a good example of a centrist "normal" Orthodoxy
e) way too right wing
f) Leave this question out of my results

Oh, boy, I think I'm going to get it for this one (if anybody's reading). I chose (d). That's right - (d). It was either (c) or (d). I don't know how the orthodox community breaks down statistically into subgroups, so I don't know if YU is statistically "centrist" or "normal." I believe, however, that it should be. There are people there both to the right and to the left of me (i.e., ideological perfection) on every single issue. Of the places I've seen (granted, I'm not the world's most widely travelled person, but I haven't spent the last 5 years in total isolation), YU is the one in which I feel the Truth is most present and accessible (albeit with a lot of other stuff you have to put up with). In particular, I think of RIETS (YU's seminary) as the religiously healthiest post-secondary school I know of. I would really like to study at YU. Too bad for me.


lamedzayin said...

I' just going to point out that by this time you must have spent something like 10 times as many hours analyzing my quiz as I did writing it (2 hours or so). Not that I mind - it's been quite interesting reading through and through - but it's sort of interesting how that works out.


He Who Must Not Be Named said...

Yes, well, your questions give me the opportunity to engage in (admittedly one-sided) discussions about thought-provoking topics, which I don't get to do so much in my current circumstances. I'm grateful to you for providing me with something to do.