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Teller From Jerusalem

Jul 28, 2021

TFJ: Series 1 Episode 25: The Birth of Israel

During the 1995-96 academic year, Yale University altered its housing policy to require freshmen and sophomores to live in coed dormitories without gender-specific bathrooms. Four (originally five) Orthodox Jewish freshmen appealed to the administration to absolve them from this requirement as it violated Jewish norms of modesty. Although Yale granted exemptions to others, it would not budge for the Yale Five who ended up suing the college for violating their constitutionally protected freedom of religion. Here is another poignant example of people expressing opinions despite their ignorance. 

Edited and Produced by Alex Drucker 

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