Yeshiva University Cancels Speech by Former Jewish Press Editor

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    NEW YORK (VINnews) – Yeshiva University has canceled an upcoming lecture by Elliot Resnick, former chief editor of The Jewish Press and a VINNews podcast host.

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    Resnick had been scheduled to speak about his book – America First: The Story of Sol Bloom, the Most Powerful Jew in Congress During the Holocaust – but several university officials complained about Resnick entering the capitol building on January 6, 2021.  They also objected to his public condemnation of the university.

    It isn’t clear if the officials balked at an op-ed he wrote in September 2022 in response to YU proclaiming “unshakable” “love” for LGBT students on campus or if they had in mind a February 2024 podcast episode in which Resnick castigated YU for banning Rabbi Meir Kahane’s books from its Seforim Sale while tolerating radical left-wing behavior.

    “In that podcast, I pointed out that YU – among other things – employed a transgender professor for 20 years and that it continues to employ a Bible professor who publicly said we should ignore the Torah’s views on homosexuality,” Resnick told VINNews.  “I couldn’t believe that YU would treat anti-Torah leftists so tolerantly and yet refuse to carry Rabbi Kahane’s books – especially after October 7 – at its Seforim Sale.

    “So I spoke out.  And now I’m being punished – for the crime of objecting to a crime.”

    Resnick was supposed to speak on April 2 under the aegis of “YU Library Book Talk.”  His book America First is based on his PhD dissertation, which he wrote at YU.

    See the poster of Resnick’s canceled speech below:

    Resnick was a reporter for The Jewish Press from 2006-2018, and its chief editor from 2018-2021, during which time he revitalized the paper.  He was let go as editor in May 2021 after Politico reported on his participation in the storming of the U.S. Capitol.  Last August, SawYouAtSinai (SYAS) kicked Resnick off its shidduch database, also citing his January 6 activities.

    “Any person who is arrested and charged with a violent crime, whether it be domestic violence, physical assault, sexual assault or any related criminal activity, will not be permitted to use our matchmaking services,” SYAS CEO Marc Goldmann said in a statement.

    On Jan. 6, 2021, Resnick held the wrist of a police officer for a little over two seconds.  The officer had been squirting pepper spray on people outside the Capitol’s East Rotunda Doors when Resnick grabbed his wrist.  The U.S. government initially charged Resnick with assault for this act, but it dropped the charge in January of this year when Resnick pled guilty to civil disorder, a non-violent crime.  Resnick, however, remains banned at SYAS.

    Read SYAS’s explanation for banning Resnick.

     


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    Neither Torah nor Madda
    Neither Torah nor Madda
    2 months ago

    YU’s true (rainbow) colors are finally showing. Just another left-wing woke college. Soon they will ban all pro-Israel speakers too?

    Menachem
    Menachem
    2 months ago

    Perhaps its time they drop Yeshiva from their name and only keep University!

    Mike
    Mike
    2 months ago

    Yu Is and has long been a PC establishment …

    lavrenty
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    lavrenty
    2 months ago

    So wokeism has hit YU?

    Layah Chana
    Layah Chana
    2 months ago

    Wrong move YU! ER you are in the right!

    Lgb
    Lgb
    2 months ago

    The rainbow mob has been after reznik for quite a while. Shame YU is so pathetic

    Stop the cancel culture at YU
    Stop the cancel culture at YU
    2 months ago

    If YU tolerates left wing meshugas and toeivah propaganda, they can tolerate Resnick too. One sided cancel culture is not fair.

    anaymous
    anaymous
    2 months ago

    I bet that they would allow that piece of drek AOC to speak

    Douglas MacArthur
    Douglas MacArthur
    2 months ago

    A Yeshiva cannot be a University.
    A University cannot be a Yeshiva.

    Liggners
    Liggners
    2 months ago

    YU turned punk

    Yossi
    Yossi
    2 months ago

    YU is an open orthodoxy institution. It seems like modern orthodoxy and open orthodoxy are the same thing by now. I really hope I’m wrong but this at least holds true for YU.

    Concerned
    Concerned
    2 months ago

    What happened to Charlie? No comment?

    HeshyEmes
    HeshyEmes
    2 months ago

    “ arrested and charged with a violent crime…..”
    They ban people because they were arrested & charged??? No mention of what happens if they’re found Not Guilty? I’d hate to have Marc Goldmann and his ilk on a jury whereby someone’s freedom is at stake (“Well he was charged, so I’m sure that he’s guilty”). Pathetic slippery slope to Authoritarianism.

    Bernhard H. Rosenberg
    Bernhard H. Rosenberg
    2 months ago

    fully agree. HE SHOULD NOT BE CANCELLED. RABBI

    Bernhard H. Rosenberg
    Bernhard H. Rosenberg
    2 months ago

    Freedom of speech. He should be allowed to speak. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    Taka Taka
    Taka Taka
    2 months ago

    Yes and 8 buses went from BP to DC to join Trump’s attempted PUTSCH. Resnicki was there. Next he’ll join the Proud Boys.

    John Kirby
    John Kirby
    2 months ago

    Beautiful Kiddush Hashem. A January 6th insurrectionist has no business speaking at a frum institution. MAGA is the opposite of Torah values.