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The People Are Looking for Answers

A rabbi who writes controversial things becomes international news.

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?

Defenders and Benders of Roles for Genders

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

Can You Cry ‘Heresy’ in a Crowded Beit Midrash?

Why does a opinion in the Talmud say the last verses in Devarim were not written by Moses? Was it the easiest solution to a very obvious problem?

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.

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.

Abuse in New Square

This kid gets a medal for coming forward.

What’s Wrong With the Star-K Kosher Phone?

A kashrus agency should be concerned with one thing and one thing only: the kosher status of our food.

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.

When a Heretic Speak Heresy Against Heretics

For deviating from the orthodox scientific position, Nagel has been abused, maligned, outcast, and insulted.

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.

Privacy and Government Snooping in Jewish Law

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

Video Mocking Rabbinic Sermons Was in Bad Taste

Spontaneity and quirkiness have their place but a sermon is neither the time nor place for either of those.

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.

Ruminations on Meditation

Many great Jewish thinkers have described Jewish prayer as a form of meditation.

The State of the Jew According to Pew

Very few middle aged and older people consider themselves ultra-orthodox. It’s a youth movement.

A Song of Love, a Song of Life

There is no song that tells the story of freedom like Shir HaShirim.

What Kind of Community Needs to Hear this?

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

A Call to End Anti-Chasid Bigotry

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

Don’t Believe Everything They Say About Us

Human nature is such that hearing something over and over again for forty years will inevitably have an impact on the person.

The Insidiousness and Laziness of Guilt by Association

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

Can People Live Longer than 120 Years?

The Talmud is making a general statement for which there are more exceptions that situations where the rule applies.

What Should We Say On Billboards for God and Judaism?

The Pope is saying that actions are far more important than faith. This is particularly ironic coming from Catholicism.

Why Do People Leave Orthodox Judaism? Why Do People Stay?

People act not because they think it’s right; they do what they do because it’s what they want to do

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