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Greetings from the President for the New Year 5768
Prof. Moshe Kaveh
As the New Year approaches, I would like to extend my best wishes for a year of good health and enlightenment to all the faculty of the University who over the course of time gave of their wisdom and knowledge, contributing fascinating articles to the Weekly Torah Studies on the weekly readings and festivals. I would like as well to extend greetings to the editors and translators of the Weekly Torah Studies and to its sponsors: the Faculty of Jewish Studies, the Office of the Campus Rabbi, and the Computer Center (which circulates the Weekly Torah Studies on the internet and e-mail).
The Weekly Torah Studies of Bar Ilan University are a faithful representation of the special relationship between Torah and Science with which our institution is blessed. The University’s scholars integrate Jewish heritage and values with their extensive knowledge of the humanities, social sciences, life sciences and exact sciences, putting an emphasis on new insights into the weekly Torah reading as they write articles which are both learned and scientific.
This coming year will mark fifty-two years since the founding of Bar Ilan University. The importance of Bar Ilan to the State of Israel and to the entire Jewish people is greater today than ever before. In times of polarization and dissidence, opposing views and differences of opinion, the University provides a rare example of cooperation, mutual respect and tolerance among all factions of the people. Thus the University aspires to excellence and copes with academic and social challenges.
It is clear that the message we have to convey has been speaking to an ever-increasing number of Israelis. Over the past decade Bar Ilan University has doubled both its student body and its physical area. Tens of thousands of alumni are the best testimony to the success of our unique blending of religion and tradition, progress and science. Many distinguished people have contributed to our impressive achievements – academic faculty and administration, students, board of trustees, as well as devoted friends and donors throughout the world.
It is my hope and prayer that during the coming year we shall continue bringing the glory of the Torah to ever broadening circles.
With best wishes for the New Year,
Prof. Moshe Kaveh