Arago: 1-dollar Revel

1-dollar Revel

A 1-dollar stamp honoring Dr. Bernard Revel, scholar and educator, was issued on September 23, 1986, in New York City. The stamp design is based on a portrait of Revel provided by Yeshiva University. Dr. Revel served as Yeshiva's president for twenty-five years, until his death in 1940. During his tenure, enrollment at Yeshiva increased tremendously. Under his leadership, the Talmudical Academy, Yeshiva College, and a graduate school of higher Jewish learning for training rabbinic leaders were established as adjuncts to the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in New York City.

A highly regarded Talmudic scholar, Revel implemented an innovative curriculum which combined Jewish studies with a secular program emphasizing the arts, sciences, and humanities. His efforts enabled thousands of Jewish immigrants to adapt to their new land while continuing their traditional religious education.

Revel came to the United States from Pren, Lithuania, in 1906. He studied first at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and then at the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving a masters of arts degree from New York University, he acquired a Ph.D. from Dropsie College in Philadelphia. He became a United States citizen in 1912, and in 1915 he was named president of Yeshiva, where a graduate school is now named in his honor.


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