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Meeting the Challenge of Tisha B’Av: a Proposal

9 Av 5773 – July 16, 2013
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

5 Av 5773 – July 12, 2013
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’

3 Av 5773 – July 9, 2013
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

2 Av 5773 – July 8, 2013
Many great Jewish thinkers have described Jewish prayer as a form of meditation.

Satmar Matzah as New York Times Front Page News

1 Av 5773 – July 7, 2013
This kind of stringency borders on silliness.

The Challenge of Modesty

26 Tammuz 5773 – July 3, 2013
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.

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

24 Tammuz 5773 – July 1, 2013
It’s really not that different than the situation in Israel with the charedim. Both situations need insiders to make the change happen.

On the Shoulders of (Imperfect) Giants

18 Tammuz 5773 – June 26, 2013
In order to truly appreciate Torah, one must be a master over one’s spirit as well.

Modesty Messages from a Mormon

16 Tammuz 5773 – June 24, 2013
Mormons are expected to be chaste in every possible way and this can be particularly difficult for young men.

The False Flag of False Accusations in Sex Abuse Cases

12 Tammuz 5773 – June 19, 2013
The NY Times has a very (appropriately) one-sided article on the Baruch Lebovits and Sam Kellner situation.

Torah M’Sinai According to Professor Tamar Ross

11 Tammuz 5773 – June 18, 2013
The revelation continues as the world progressed and however the Torah was emended or edited after Sinai was part of revelation.

We Are Going in the Wrong Direction

10 Tammuz 5773 – June 17, 2013
For some, guilt by association is actual guilt. For these people, who you know and with whom you associate determine your credibility.

Privacy and Government Snooping in Jewish Law

8 Tammuz 5773 – June 16, 2013
There is standing prohibition in Jewish law against sharing anything revealed in private conversation.

When a Heretic Speak Heresy Against Heretics

5 Tammuz 5773 – June 12, 2013
For deviating from the orthodox scientific position, Nagel has been abused, maligned, outcast, and insulted.

Let’s Call Them Modern Chasidim

3 Tammuz 5773 – June 11, 2013
The problem is that Tuna Beigel is a pejorative.

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