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Modesty Messages from a Mormon

Mormons are expected to be chaste in every possible way and this can be particularly difficult for young men.

Will the Real Haredi Feminists Please Stand Up?

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

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

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

What Do I Tell My Children (About the Boys)?

What do we do when we want to be mad at God but we also want God to make it all better? Indeed, what do we do?

Modern Racism

Categorizing all black people as one large group where the acts of one black person in Florida somehow tell us something about a different black person in Seattle is racist.

The Difference Between Superstition and Ritual

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

Haredi Censorship of Torah

Certain books are excised from the subscription, in order to reinforce an imaginary history where nothing was inconsistent with Haredi Judaism.

Creative License When Interpreting the Bible

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

The Morality of Accepting Charity from Immoral People

Rambam would also allow charity from a mumar as long as the person maintains basic belief in God and Judaism.

Man-Made Meat? A fence for Wisdom is Silence

The proper response for almost the entire population of planet Earth to these eternal questions about man-made meat is “I am not qualified to render an opinion on this matter.”

Monsey Kosher Market ‘Integration’ Great Idea, Terrible Execution (Video)

It’s really not that different than the situation in Israel with the charedim. Both situations need insiders to make the change happen.

The False Flag of False Accusations in Sex Abuse Cases

The NY Times has a very (appropriately) one-sided article on the Baruch Lebovits and Sam Kellner situation.

Let’s Call Them Modern Chasidim

The problem is that Tuna Beigel is a pejorative.

Answering the Most Difficult Question About the Agunah Crisis

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.

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

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

Privacy and Government Snooping in Jewish Law

There is standing prohibition in Jewish law against sharing anything revealed in private conversation.

My Favorite Nelson Mandela Quote

The world lost a great man last week.

The Insidiousness and Laziness of Guilt by Association

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

What Kind of Community Needs to Hear this?

Rabbis have to stop dismissing everything that comes from outside the Beis Medrash.

Why Do Rabbis Make Jokes at Serious Times?

It’s even more strange when the jokes come at our holiest times of the year.

Lessons Orthodox Judaism Can Learn from Mormons

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

How Far Will Gershonides Go to Avoid Mystical Interpretations?

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

Wisdom from a Venice Beach Vagabond

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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