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As the Pendulum Swings – Ever Rightward

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 Real Reason for the Fifth Cup

The fifth cup is based on a machlokes in the Gemarah.

Happy Thanksgiving – 2012

I see nothing wrong with our participating with all American citizens in observing Thanksgiving.

Is Orthodoxy Winning?

I don’t think we can see ourselves as one cohesive unit of Orthodox Jews any more.

Transparency and the Honor of the Rabbinate

The RCA stated their review will add protection for the convert and not tamper with Halacha.

Why Do They Leave?

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 Impressions of an Expert on Pedophilia

The revision of the DSM that omitted homosexuality was not based on research, nor was much else. It was "political" pressure.

Emes Ve-Emunah: Listening to the Lord

Eschewing labels, Lord Sacks prefers the term "Jews Engaged with the World"(JEW)to Modern Orthodox

The Fight Over Charedi Leadership in Israel

How bad is it? It is a battle royal tearing at the very heart of the yeshiva world.

Why Do They Leave?

Most that struggle abandon observance altogether. Why did these 3 remain observant?

A Modesty Request in Williamsburg – Or Is it?

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”.

Another Milestone for the Jewish People in America

I said I am proud of the President for choosing the best man for the job at Treasury even though he is Jewish.

Whose Judaism is it Anyway?

The tragedy that we face today is that everyone thinks they are the sole possessors of the answer.

The Conundrum of Dealing with Sexual Abuse

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.

Protesting the ‘Evil Decree’? Why Not a Counter Rally?

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.

Jewish Education and the Smartphone

Now everyone has easy access to the culture and all of its vices, both social and intellectual.

Emes Ve-Emunah: A Breath of Fresh Air? …or the Winds of Change?

There needs to be clarity about what is & isn’t acceptable in Orthodoxy; That should be the debate.

No Such Thing as Peace at Any Price

Unfortunately it really doesn’t matter what the common Muslim wants. Fanatic religious fervor trumps it all.

Intermarriage 2013

It used to be the case that an Orthodox parent would sit Shiva on a child who intermarried.

A Poisonous Atmosphere

No appropriate response by Charedi leaders to terror tactics aimed at Charedim that joined the IDF.

Is Hatred for Haredim Due to Media Bias?

The record number of kipa-wearing Jews in the new Knesset surely shows that secular Jews do not really hate religious Jews.

More Religious? Or Going Off the Deep End?

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.

Shidduchim – The View from the Other Side

Is it because of corrupt values and lack of meeting opportunities that we have a shidduch crisis?

Get a Grip: Lapid is not Hitler or a Russian Czar

There is only one word that can explain the over the top reaction by Haredi establishment to this: Paranoia.

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