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Daily Briefing Sept 21: Yeshiva U v. YU Pride Alliance; update on Poland reparations

Luke Tress reports from NY on secular studies in Jewish day schools and uproar over transgender yeshiva teacher; Diaspora correspondent Judah Ari Gross with an unusual TV debate

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Diaspora correspondent Judah Ari Gross and New York correspondent Luke Tress join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.

We begin with the case of Yeshiva University versus the YU Pride Alliance, a campus club, that made it all the way to the Supreme Court — only to be slapped down. Tress explains more.

A transgender woman left her teaching position at an Orthodox Jewish New York City day school this week after an uproar over her identity. Tress spoke with Talia Avrahami, an ultra-Orthodox wife and mother.

This controversy comes as New York yeshivas are already under fire for a perceived lack of secular education. What’s happening there?

Gross follows up on last week’s report in which the Polish government is asking Germany for reparations for Polish lives lost during the Nazi-led Holocaust — including for Jews killed by Poles. We learn what kind of justifications are being offered.

To end with, we learn about a highly unusual debate that took place on television Saturday night between the head of the Haredi United Torah Judaism party, Moshe Gafni, and an unlikely opponent.

Discussed articles include:

Yeshiva University suspends all student clubs as it seeks to block LGBTQ group

New York yeshiva asks transgender teacher to leave amid uproar over her identity

Haredi MK finds himself debating Maimonides in TV interview

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