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The J-Blogs Are Like Politifact and They Make a Difference

Fact checking leadership means asking tough questions.

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.

Ami Magazine Forcing Gilgulim Down our Throats

Trying to explain Holocaust deaths as tikkun and a way of cleansing a soul is offensive.

The State of the Jew According to Pew

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

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.

Why Do Rabbis Make Jokes at Serious Times?

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

Educating about Abuse without Stigmatizing Victims

Organic dating has its own set of problems that the shidduch system can help avoid.

Abuse in New Square

This kid gets a medal for coming forward.

What Kind of Community Needs to Hear this?

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

Can One Be a Shomer Torah u’Mitzvos and Accept Bible Criticism?

Historians currently assume the Bible was written between 720 BCE and 587 BCE, between the destruction of the Northern Kingdom and the destruction of Jerusalem.

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.

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.”

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.

New Republic Article on Feminism from Zion Is All About the Stakes

The article argues that while naturally aligned with their fellow orthodox Jews, women from the modern orthodox community in Israel are finding themselves aligned with secular feminists.

The People Are Looking for Answers

A rabbi who writes controversial things becomes international news.

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?

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.

Meeting the Challenge of Tisha B’Av: a Proposal

Can we hear the agony in his words? Can we step into his shoes and experience his torment?

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.

My Appearance with Rabbi Shafran on ‘Talkline with Zev Brenner’

The gist of Rabbi Shafran’s argument was that Rabbi Sacks was criticizing a legitimate form of orthodox Judaism and was doing so from a place of ignorance.

Ruminations on Meditation

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

The Challenge of Modesty

There is no real theological reason that tznius be heavily codified in Jewish law while other areas of our lives that require modesty are left to our whims and desires.

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