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Mozilla Firefox in the eye of a firestorm
 

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

Posted on: April 7th, 2014

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It is unfair to judge a 52 year old man with the glasses of a person who lives in a different world.

Debo P. Adegbile
 

The Insidiousness and Laziness of Guilt by Association

Posted on: March 11th, 2014

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Adegbile was not making a moral statement by representing a man convicted of killing a cop.

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

Posted on: March 2nd, 2014

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Women learning Torah is becoming increasingly permissive, but women wearing tefillin is becoming increasingly stringent.

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A woman scorned: Actress Carey Fisher as the Mystery Woman avenging an offense in "The Blues Brothers."
 

Life is in Its Struggles: Dealing with the Tough Questions

Posted on: February 25th, 2014

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When the "offensive" statements in our Talmud were stated, no one thought they were offensive.

mormons
 

Lessons Orthodox Judaism Can Learn from Mormons

Posted on: February 11th, 2014

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Both communities value using books to study their texts, and digital devices are a less preferable way for younger people to study.

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gender roles
 

Defenders and Benders of Roles for Genders

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014

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Boys can play with dolls. Men can embrace their feminine side. Girls can play sports.

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Original image Credit: Jen Taylor Friedman - Soferet (Torah scribe) and creator of “Tefillin Barbie”
 

Women Wearing Tefillin Is Really Not Such a Big Deal

Posted on: January 28th, 2014

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Some people are assuming the intentions of these women are less than perfect, but that’s complete conjecture.

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israel and gay flags
 

We Are Not Under Attack By the LGBT Community

Posted on: January 21st, 2014

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Orthodox Jews are free to teach Leviticus and we are free to deny any religious rights and privileges to anyone we so choose.

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flag and mosque
 

The Proper Response to the ASA Boycott of Israel

Posted on: December 31st, 2013

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What data was the ASA using to justify its boycott?

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jacob and joseph
 

Creative License When Interpreting the Bible

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013

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When we are dealing in non-legal matters, we are no longer concerned with precedent.

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My Favorite Nelson Mandela Quote

Posted on: December 8th, 2013

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The world lost a great man last week.

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Was Assimilation the True Enemy of the Maccabees?

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013

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If the Syrian-Greeks were not pushed out of the land, Judaism would have been lost.

Rabbi Lawrence (Leib) Kelemen
 

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

Posted on: November 28th, 2013

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Basically, the real problem is bad parenting. He calls it parental selfishness.

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Miniature from a manuscript Speculum Humanae Salvationis. Eleazar the Maccabee kills the Syrian elephant and is crushed.
 

Why Do We Celebrate Chanukah?

Posted on: November 26th, 2013

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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.

Israeli stamp commemorating Ralbag (who was also a renowned astronomer).
 

How Far Will Gershonides Go to Avoid Mystical Interpretations?

Posted on: November 19th, 2013

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In short, he says the whole thing was a prophetic vision, a dream. There was no physical battle.

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A Call to End Anti-Chasid Bigotry

Posted on: November 12th, 2013

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People were literally saying that a chasid cannot write so well. It’s impossible they claimed.

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woman behind bars
 

Answering the Most Difficult Question About the Agunah Crisis

Posted on: November 7th, 2013

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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.

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Madonna, with her red string, is one of the fans of the  Kabbalah Centre, debunked by orthodox rabbis and now sued for fraud by former followers.
 

The Difference Between Superstition and Ritual

Posted on: November 5th, 2013

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Much of what all religions teach is magical. If one does not believe in God, then we would rightly call it all superstition.

vagabond
 

Wisdom from a Venice Beach Vagabond

Posted on: October 29th, 2013

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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.

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Ruth Colian
 

Will the Real Haredi Feminists Please Stand Up?

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013

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Ruth Colian is running as a Haredi woman for political office.

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