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Mozilla: ‘Judge Not Your Fellow Until You Have Stood In His Place’

8 Nisan 5774 – April 7, 2014
It is unfair to judge a 52 year old man with the glasses of a person who lives in a different world.

The Insidiousness and Laziness of Guilt by Association

9 Adar II 5774 – March 11, 2014
Adegbile was not making a moral statement by representing a man convicted of killing a cop.

Two Different Tracks: Women and Tefillin vs. Women and Torah

1 Adar II 5774 – March 2, 2014
Women learning Torah is becoming increasingly permissive, but women wearing tefillin is becoming increasingly stringent.

Life is in Its Struggles: Dealing with the Tough Questions

25 Adar I 5774 – February 25, 2014
When the "offensive" statements in our Talmud were stated, no one thought they were offensive.

Lessons Orthodox Judaism Can Learn from Mormons

11 Adar I 5774 – February 11, 2014
Both communities value using books to study their texts, and digital devices are a less preferable way for younger people to study.

Defenders and Benders of Roles for Genders

4 Adar I 5774 – February 3, 2014
Boys can play with dolls. Men can embrace their feminine side. Girls can play sports.

Women Wearing Tefillin Is Really Not Such a Big Deal

28 Shevat 5774 – January 28, 2014
Some people are assuming the intentions of these women are less than perfect, but that’s complete conjecture.

We Are Not Under Attack By the LGBT Community

20 Shevat 5774 – January 21, 2014
Orthodox Jews are free to teach Leviticus and we are free to deny any religious rights and privileges to anyone we so choose.

The Proper Response to the ASA Boycott of Israel

28 Tevet 5774 – December 31, 2013
What data was the ASA using to justify its boycott?

Creative License When Interpreting the Bible

21 Tevet 5774 – December 23, 2013
When we are dealing in non-legal matters, we are no longer concerned with precedent.

My Favorite Nelson Mandela Quote

5 Tevet 5774 – December 8, 2013
The world lost a great man last week.

Was Assimilation the True Enemy of the Maccabees?

1 Tevet 5774 – December 3, 2013
If the Syrian-Greeks were not pushed out of the land, Judaism would have been lost.

Rabbi Kelemen on Kids Leaving Orthodoxy (I Think He’s Wrong)

25 Kislev 5774 – November 28, 2013
Basically, the real problem is bad parenting. He calls it parental selfishness.

Why Do We Celebrate Chanukah?

23 Kislev 5774 – November 26, 2013
Megilas Taanis simply proclaims the 25th of Kislev a holiday and it is forbidden to mourn for 8 days. The text does not give a reason for the celebration.

How Far Will Gershonides Go to Avoid Mystical Interpretations?

16 Kislev 5774 – November 19, 2013
In short, he says the whole thing was a prophetic vision, a dream. There was no physical battle.

A Call to End Anti-Chasid Bigotry

10 Kislev 5774 – November 12, 2013
People were literally saying that a chasid cannot write so well. It’s impossible they claimed.

Answering the Most Difficult Question About the Agunah Crisis

5 Kislev 5774 – November 7, 2013
Ethical and moral laws in the Torah depend on the context. Kindness and virtue largely depend on the subjective expectations of one’s friends and community.

The Difference Between Superstition and Ritual

2 Kislev 5774 – November 5, 2013
Much of what all religions teach is magical. If one does not believe in God, then we would rightly call it all superstition.

Wisdom from a Venice Beach Vagabond

26 Heshvan 5774 – October 29, 2013
He told me that according to a Muslim poet, children do not truly belong to their parents. Instead, parents are the vessel through which children flow into the world.

Will the Real Haredi Feminists Please Stand Up?

20 Heshvan 5774 – October 23, 2013
Ruth Colian is running as a Haredi woman for political office.

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