March 20, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am #602579
Yale University’s logo contains a Hebrew slogon. I understand they’ve been using it for several centuries. Other universities too, I believe, have Hebrew slogons. Anyone know how this came about and why?March 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm #883754
Slogan*March 20, 2012 1:16 pm at 1:16 pm #883755
Serious American students of theology and divinity, particularly in New England, regarded Hebrew as a classical language, along with Greek and Latin, and essential for study of the Old Testament in the original words. The Reverend Ezra Stiles, president of the College from 1778 to 1795, brought with him his interest in the Hebrew language as a vehicle for studying ancient Biblical texts in their original language (as was common in other schools), requiring all freshmen to study Hebrew (in contrast to Harvard, where only upperclassmen were required to study the language) and is responsible for the Hebrew words “Urim” and “Thummim” on the Yale seal. Stiles’ greatest challenge occurred in July 1779 when hostile British forces occupied New Haven and threatened to raze the College. Fortunately, Yale graduate Edmund Fanning, Secretary to the British General in command of the occupation, interceded and the College was saved. Fanning later was granted an honorary degree LL.D., at 1803, for his efforts.”
hope that helps…March 20, 2012 1:27 pm at 1:27 pm #883756
As far as I know, there are a few reasons.
In the Ivory League they consider Hebrew as a classical language along with l’havdil, Latin.
Also, the founder of Yoel University, I believe, was very fond of Hebrew and Jews, from an intellectual standpoint.
Additionally, the university may be the first, but it originates from back in the day when Xtians were more fond of and showed more reverence for what they call the Old Testament, and all that is involved.
Harvard, too, I believe has Hebrew somewhere in their logos.March 20, 2012 1:27 pm at 1:27 pm #883757
Many old universities began principally as schools of divinity, i.e., Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, University of Paris, ect. Following the Protestant Reformation, many, many Protestant scholars began studying Jewish texts in the original Hebrew/Aramaic in order to recover the real origins of Christianity, free from Papist corruptions. For example, Isaac Newton, in addition to being one of the most famous physicists ever, was also a serious hebraist and scholar of rabbinic literature. Many of these hebraist scholars formed the nucleus of new universities like Harvard and Yale, so it is no surprise that the founders of Yale would choose to include the words “urim v’tumim,” the symbol of enlightenment and discovered knowledge, on the university seal.March 20, 2012 2:46 pm at 2:46 pm #883758
Lots of Ivy league schools have Hebrew words on their seals. Some even have ????March 20, 2012 2:56 pm at 2:56 pm #883759
Many of the Ivy League schools have Hebrew on their seals. Princeton even has it on it’s tiger.March 20, 2012 2:59 pm at 2:59 pm #883760
harvard doesn’t have hebrew. it has veritas.March 20, 2012 3:00 pm at 3:00 pm #883761
which I think means “variety”. The idea is that you can get any variety of ideas there regardless of the truthfulness.March 20, 2012 3:11 pm at 3:11 pm #883762
Why did the Ivy League’s choose Hebrew over other classical languages (like Latin) for their motto?March 20, 2012 3:18 pm at 3:18 pm #883763
veritas means TRUTHMarch 20, 2012 3:35 pm at 3:35 pm #883764
“harvard doesn’t have hebrew. it has veritas. “
“which I think means “variety”. The idea is that you can get any variety of ideas there regardless of the truthfulness. “
PBA, thank you for that “truthfulness”
LOL :>March 20, 2012 3:42 pm at 3:42 pm #883765
hershi: You mean “other” classical languages. Most did choose Latin. Very few choose greek because classical Greek sounds like you’re talking with your mouth full of spit plus it has a ? which English speakers avoid like the plague (notice how even the Hebrew mottoes don’t have it.)March 20, 2012 4:10 pm at 4:10 pm #883766
Itche, when I studied classical Greek, I was told that today we really don’t know how it was pronounced. Where do you get the idea that it sounds like you’re talking with your mouth full of spit?March 20, 2012 5:11 pm at 5:11 pm #883767
You should check out the Columbia University seal. What do you think of that?March 20, 2012 6:17 pm at 6:17 pm #883768
Wow. Why did Columbia U. put Hashem’s name in their seal?July 9, 2012 4:29 am at 4:29 am #883769
By hanging my Columbia Law School diploma in my office, I am mekayem Shivisi Hashem Lnegdi TamidJuly 9, 2012 4:35 am at 4:35 am #883770
I am mekayim it too, with the hanging of my fake Columbia diploma.July 9, 2012 4:52 am at 4:52 am #883771
I’d like to thank me for my comments. It is very amusing to read them 3 months later when I’m not expecting what it says.July 9, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm #883772
What good would a fake diploma do for you? You can go to jail over it it’s completely illegal, how did you get hold of one?July 10, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am #883773
I thank my Hewlett-Packard laser printer for my graduating with honors. I thank it, too, for the great jobs it has helped land for me.July 10, 2012 1:01 am at 1:01 am #883774
Choppy: Then the Yetzer Hara would like to thank you because every cent you’ve ever made based on that fake diploma is Gezel Gamur.July 10, 2012 2:36 am at 2:36 am #883775
Sam2: No, it’s only gezel akum.July 10, 2012 2:50 am at 2:50 am #883776
Choppy: Gezel Akum is still Gezel. That’s clear in the SH”A.July 10, 2012 3:18 am at 3:18 am #883777
Choppy- you’re a liar. If you had a fake Diploma you wouldn’t advertise it… cyber police can catch you out!!! Whatever you do on the internet, whether you have a kosher filter or not is being watched! and I don’t only mean spiritually…July 10, 2012 3:47 am at 3:47 am #883778
Sam2: It’s not the same prohibition as gezel.July 10, 2012 3:59 am at 3:59 am #883779
Choppy: I don’t know if that’s true; I’m not holding in this area. But you agree that it is Assur, right? So who cares?July 10, 2012 4:30 am at 4:30 am #883780
Yes, it’s assur. But you agree that I was kidding about the forgery, right? So who cares?July 10, 2012 4:38 am at 4:38 am #883781
Choppy: Everyone knew (hoped) you were kidding. You still made it sound like a good thing though, which needed to be protested.
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