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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.

Who is Alex Clare? And Why Do I care?

Who is Alex Clare? He is a British pop singer with a top ten single entitled Too Close. He is the ex-boyfriend of Amy Winehouse. And he is an observant Jew. How - one might ask - does an Orthodox Jew hook up with someone like Amy Whitehouse, a mega popular Grammy award winning Jewish singer who was anything but observant? And who had a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse that eventually caused her death?

The Paranoid Editor of the Yated

Lipschutz goes completely off the reservation ranting about the Post and the antisemitic world.

A Place for Expatriate Ultra-Orthodox Jews

My understanding of Footsteps is that they have no religious – or anti-religious agenda.

Motives…

Pashkevil: "Come out today and battle the Zionist Amalek and all the traitors in Nahal Haredi..."

The ‘A’ Word

I do not for a minute think he ever believed that Israel was or will be an Apartheid state. He simply misspoke.

Emes Ve-Emunah: Extremely Careless

Hillary's actions may not have warranted a criminal charge, according to FBI Director Comey, but it certainly calls into question her qualifications for President

Emes Ve-Emunah: Israel Must Remain Orthodox

"Though I may disagree with some of the things Rabbi Riskin has done of late, when he’s right, he’s right. And when it comes to whether Israel should remain an Orthodox state, I couldn't agree more that it should."

Intimacy in a Jewish Marriage

Sexual dysfunction can take various forms for both men and women. If those statistics are right, it is a much bigger problem that I ever thought.

Dissenting View from Haredi Insider

"I experienced first-hand many of the disastrous results of Yeshivish social-engineering."

Never Mind Condemnations by Torah Sages, College Is Not ‘Traif’

“Certainly, there is an absolute condemnation of any sort of college from most Gedolim.” That is how the cover article in last week’s Ami Magazine was punctuated. That article was about the dangers to one’s spiritual health of attending college. Ironically the article itself was very fair about the issue. Various rabbis who are either directly or indirectly involved with colleges and universities that have significant Orthodox Jewish populations were interviewed. There was not a single comment indicative of any Issur on attending college.

The Demise of Conservative Judaism

For me, Conservative Judaism is not the answer to the future of Judaism.

Religious Pluralism Within Orthodoxy

My harsh criticism is reserved for extremist behavior that is a result of those Hashkafos – even if it is from my own.

One Step Forward – Two Steps Back

The government’s insistence on a core curriculum is considered an attack against the Torah.

Shades of Grey

Fiddler on the Roof moved some Jews to explore their roots; it actually led some to become observant

Disappointed But Not Surprised

There ought to be a process of exempting yeshiva students via bechinos (tests).

As Long as We’re Guessing at God’s Message…

It didn’t take very long for some holy rollers to pop up and tell us why God punished the East Coast with a devastating storm. Not only didn’t it take long, there seemed to be a rush to see who could come up with a reason first. I don’t know who actually won that race. But I do know that there are a lot of people who think they have a direct line to God and know exactly what He was trying to tell us. Well, I’m glad I now know. Or do I?

Emes Ve-Emunah: Is Objectifying Women Human Nature?

In dating women are seen 1st as objects; people 2nd regardless of claims to contrary from any group.

Can a ‘Lefty’ Rabbi Save Yeshivat Chovevei Torah?

Rabbi Asher Lopatin, who will succeed Rabbi Avi Weiss as head of YCT, is most definitely on the left side of the Orthodox spectrum. Nevertheless he can keep YCT from sliding too far to the left and cross the line of Orthodoxy. YCT founder Rabbi Avi Weiss candidly admitted that he has parted ways with his Rebbe on the approach to these issues. And he has incorporated it into the philosophy of his Yeshiva.

A Win for Herpes

Chasidim believe that Metzitza B’Peh (MbP) is an essential part of the circumcision ritual.

The United Nations Commission of Inquiry

But the real culprit is William Schabas, who by comparison makes Richard Goldstone look like a saint

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

In times of trouble like these, it behooves us to remember a phrase made popular in song after the attack in Pearl Harbor during World War II. A phrase that speaks to Hishtadlus: Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

Emes Ve-Emunah: Normalcy

Judaism's only way for survival is through "normalcy" by the mainstream discrediting the extremes

Religious Divorce: Where Does Justice Lie?

There is never an excuse to withhold a Get from a woman. NEVER!

Changing Our Image for the Better

Rejecting something with knowledge is one thing, but most Jews in the world today have essentially rejected a life of Jewish observance with very little book or experiential knowledge.

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