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Orthodoxy Needs a Legitimate Left Wing

Orthodoxy must retain Jews in ways that do not compromise Halacha and do not cross the important lines of tradition. That is how the left wing of Orthodoxy used to be. but is no longer-and that is why a true left wing must emerge

The Elephant in the Room is Islam

It has been Islam that is the source of the ideology that motivates these terrorists. Overwhelmingly, the violence perpetrated against the civilized world (primarily Europe) has been done in the name of Islam.

Orthodox Schools as the Model for Public Education

America's public school system is a failing enterprise and needs radical changes to restore it to former greatness. Examining certain Orthodox schools may provide some inspiration

Yes, I am an Optimist!

In my wildest dreams, I never thought an Orthodox Jew would be a top adviser to the leader of the free world. And yet that is exactly what Ivanka Trump has been to her father, the president

Extremism and Protesting WoW

Once again at the Kotel, WoW did their monthly thing at the Kotel, promoting Feminism, definitely NOT Torah Judaism

Emes Ve-Emunah: Is the Future of Modern Orthodoxy Doomed?

There are 2 opposite reasons students will want to study in Israel for a gap year: Either they are happy with their upbringing-home, school and community or they hate it and want “religious rehab.”

Emes Ve-Emunah: The Dignity of Difference

All mainstream Orthodox religious authorities and institutions have rejected the idea of female rabbis, except of course, Open Orthodoxy rabbis and the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance

Emes Ve-Emunah: Marrying Out in the 21st Century

In the author's view, one should never give up hope that a child will be convinced to return to his roots even after they marry out.

Emes Ve-Emunah: A House Divided

This issue of ordaining women is not a Charedi versus Modern Orthodox battle. Only the fringe of liberal orthodoxy embraces it; The entire spectrum of Haredi to centrist-Modern rejects it.

Emes Ve-Emunah: A Religious Community in Crisis

Monsey has gone from a bucolic small town to a center of conflict where both sides having strong arguments.

On Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem

‘Is moving the US embassy to Jeruselam worth it?’ Is it the right thing to do? What will be the actual repercussions of this move? Is moving the embassy to Jerusalem worth the ‘price’ of doing that?

Emes Ve-Emunah: Achdus – Where I Stand

It is one thing to reside in the left wing of Orthodoxy. It’s another to cross lines that virtually all other segments of Orthodoxy said should never have been crossed.

What If?

There is no doubt who Trump will blame if a Mid East peace deal doesn’t work out. Trump has already indicated that it is Palestinian violence against Israel that is to blame-NOT the settlements.

Good Riddance, Mr. President

The bloggist provides a decidedly alternative perspective but arrives at the same and right conclusion: Mr. President, I say Thank you. But ‘Good riddance!

Emes Ve-Emunah: Will All of American Jewry Eventually be Orthodox?

The direction non-Orthodox Jews are going is clear. Heterodoxy has failed while Orthodoxy has succeeded, strong evidence that it is Halacha that has kept us alive throughout the millennia

Will Trump be Good or Bad for Israel?

I can think of no better endorsement for Friedman than J-Street vehement opposition to his appointment.

A Chasidic Rebbe’s Approach to the Internet

In all too many cases elderly leaders that are unfamiliar with the things they are asked to comment upon end up making mistakes – which later have to be corrected when they become better informed.

Emes Ve-Emunah: It’s Mad Dog!

Sec'y of Defense nominee Marine Gen. James Mattis' nickname ‘Mad Dog’ is well earned. He once made the following statement: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

Give Him a Chance

Trump's appointments could put an entirely new, PRO-Israel spin on how the US sees a final solution between Israel and the Arabs. So, give him a chance.

You’ve Got to Accentuate the Positive

Could anyone have ever imagined that the daughter of a President would be an observant Jew? And that she and her observant Jewish husband would the President’s most trusted advisers?

The Making of a Gadol 2.0

A Gadol B'Yisroel must be publicly accepted as a rabbinic leader, someone the Torah world turns to with confidence knowing he is God fearing and his views on Halacha and Hashkafa are authoritative

Senator Mark Kirk – A Proven Friend

This is the man we should support. Mark Kirk is a Republican that must remain in congress. He is a good man and deserves to be re-elected.

Emes Ve-Emunah: Status Quo? Or a Quiet Revolution?

No one is saying there shouldn’t be a cadre of Torah scholars involved in full time Torah study. The only question is whether it should be full time for everyone to the exclusion of everything else.

The Chief Rabbinate’s Folly

If reports are true, one of America’s preeminent Rabbis, Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, head of the RCA Beis Din, has been dishonored by Israel's Chief Rabbinate which rejected conversions he approved

Emes Ve-Emunah: Who Will Be More Effective Against Terror?

Clinton said we first need to examine the facts of the attack. Well… of course. But I did not hear any determination in her voice. Not this time and not really ever.

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