|Benjamin E. Apfel|
|Name:||Benjamin E. Apfel|
|Birth Date:||March 10, 1994|
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|Family:||Parents: Howard CC '86, Naomi CC '87. Spouse: Mikaella Bernstein CC '17.|
Benjamin Apfel, CC '18 CLS '21, was one of the founding panelists for the Columbia Daily Spectator's column "Discourse and Debate"--a pioneering attempt by Spec to represent the intellectual diversity of Columbia's student body. Therein, Benjamin argued for the right of professors to engage in political action, and penned a memorable defense of the virtues of the Columbia Football program. Before arriving at Columbia, Benjamin spent several years in an Ultra-Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem where he studied talmudic texts in Yiddish. Benjamin has spit bars at a Columbia hip hop society cypher, but was banned indefinitely due to his controversial content.