Fact is there is of course nothing wrong with raising standards of religious observance. As long as it is voluntary. But when schools start making new demands along those lines, they completely ignore individual choice. Being Machmir should be an individual choice and not forced upon anyone. These strictrures have nothing to do with basic Halacha. They have to do with image.
The fifth cup is based on a machlokes in the Gemarah.
I see nothing wrong with our participating with all American citizens in observing Thanksgiving.
I don’t think we can see ourselves as one cohesive unit of Orthodox Jews any more.
The RCA stated their review will add protection for the convert and not tamper with Halacha.
Stats on those who went off the Derech: 19% do it based on finding contradictions to what they have been taught or lack of proof; 31% say they do it for other intellectual reasons
The revision of the DSM that omitted homosexuality was not based on research, nor was much else. It was "political" pressure.
Apology Letter to Mrs S.
Eschewing labels, Lord Sacks prefers the term "Jews Engaged with the World"(JEW)to Modern Orthodox
How bad is it? It is a battle royal tearing at the very heart of the yeshiva world.
Most that struggle abandon observance altogether. Why did these 3 remain observant?
A couple of years ago as I was walking down Williamsburg’s famous shopping district of Lee Street, I recall seeing a sign in one of the stores that had a message written in both Yiddish (Hebrew characters) and English. The English sign said “Closed”. The Yiddish sign said “Offen” – which is Yiddish for “Open”.
I said I am proud of the President for choosing the best man for the job at Treasury even though he is Jewish.
The tragedy that we face today is that everyone thinks they are the sole possessors of the answer.
There has been much reluctance by rabbinic groups such as Agudah to be more forceful in their approach to abusers. They find the allegations hard to believe.
They can say all day long that they are not protesting Israel. The fact that they will be out there in the middle of Manhattan talking about 'gezeirot' says otherwise.
Now everyone has easy access to the culture and all of its vices, both social and intellectual.
There needs to be clarity about what is & isn’t acceptable in Orthodoxy; That should be the debate.
Unfortunately it really doesn’t matter what the common Muslim wants. Fanatic religious fervor trumps it all.
It used to be the case that an Orthodox parent would sit Shiva on a child who intermarried.
No appropriate response by Charedi leaders to terror tactics aimed at Charedim that joined the IDF.
The record number of kipa-wearing Jews in the new Knesset surely shows that secular Jews do not really hate religious Jews.
They want to have total isolation from the rest of the world? I think perhaps we should finally give it to them. It pains me to say so but based on what I am reading in their very own media, going off the deep end is not an exaggeration. It may even be an understatement! It is a wonder that they do not have a bigger OTD problem than they already do. I guess that their system works very well for them that way.
Is it because of corrupt values and lack of meeting opportunities that we have a shidduch crisis?
There is only one word that can explain the over the top reaction by Haredi establishment to this: Paranoia.