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? 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?
Lipschutz goes completely off the reservation ranting about the Post and the antisemitic world.
My understanding of Footsteps is that they have no religious – or anti-religious agenda.
Pashkevil: "Come out today and battle the Zionist Amalek and all the traitors in Nahal Haredi..."
I do not for a minute think he ever believed that Israel was or will be an Apartheid state. He simply misspoke.
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
"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."
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.
"I experienced first-hand many of the disastrous results of Yeshivish social-engineering."
“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.
For me, Conservative Judaism is not the answer to the future of Judaism.
My harsh criticism is reserved for extremist behavior that is a result of those Hashkafos – even if it is from my own.
The government’s insistence on a core curriculum is considered an attack against the Torah.
Fiddler on the Roof moved some Jews to explore their roots; it actually led some to become observant
There ought to be a process of exempting yeshiva students via bechinos (tests).
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?
In dating women are seen 1st as objects; people 2nd regardless of claims to contrary from any group.
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.
Chasidim believe that Metzitza B’Peh (MbP) is an essential part of the circumcision ritual.
But the real culprit is William Schabas, who by comparison makes Richard Goldstone look like a saint
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.
Judaism's only way for survival is through "normalcy" by the mainstream discrediting the extremes
There is never an excuse to withhold a Get from a woman. NEVER!
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.