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Yeshiva University should offer a Master’s degree in Getting Your Name Dragged Through the Mud.

The American university that put Bernard Madoff on its board of trustees and made him (wait for it) treasurer has never – in the life of this blog, anyway – been out of the gutter news. Sex scandals, money scandals, an entire campus named after a convicted fraudster, a Moody’s rating so low as to be beyond belief…

I could go on. All of which means that this blog has never been able to lose sight of Yeshiva.

YU’s constant corruption is doubly interesting in the context of its pious self-image. It joins company with Baylor University and Liberty University as a national epicenter of religious hypocrisy.

Actually, YU is triply interesting — because of the pathos (it shares this with the other two schools I just mentioned) of there being many good and thoughtful and authentically spiritual people on campus. You can go to the campus newspaper and read their Job-like endless plaints.


Okay, so one of the school’s longest-serving leaders resigned in 2013, and here’s the most positive appraisal I can find of him.

Now the guy’s son, once a member of the university’s Board of Directors, has been arrested for voting fraud and bribery. Yeshiva once again gets prominent ugly mentions in the national press.

Margaret Soltan, December 16, 2016 7:10AM
Posted in: forms of religious experience

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2 Responses to “Yeshiva University should offer a Master’s degree in Getting Your Name Dragged Through the Mud.”

  1. Greg Says:

    How I love the toothpaste and and brushes element.

    Do you remember the board game Clue: Mr Moutarde; in the apartment; with the . . . toothpaste.

    But after my impatient, once-through, fast read, I’m left asking: were they ever likely to get enough votes for their pet project through this sort of Potemkin Village scheme deploying Papier–mâché voters?


  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Greg: Like all con artists, I’m sure Lamm and his partners were confident they’d prevail by this or that crooked maneuver. And though they’re all going to jail, it looks as though the development itself will indeed happen.

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