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Israel’s Moral Imperative

1 Av 5774 – July 28, 2014
If Hamas would simply stop firing rockets into Israel, all the carnage would stop instantly.

A Legacy of Achdus

4 Tammuz 5774 – July 2, 2014
Inevitably when tragedies like this happen there is a sudden burst of Achdus. Tragedies unite.

The Reason These Boys Were Kidnapped Is…

30 Sivan 5774 – June 27, 2014
Looking for a spiritual cause of a tragedy is a time honored tradition in Judaism.

The Billion Dollar Question: Can Yeshiva University Survive?

25 Sivan 5774 – June 23, 2014
It would be tragic beyond all proportion if Yeshiva University were to fold. I don’t think that is going to happen.

Can Jews Unite Even When There Is No Tragedy?

22 Sivan 5774 – June 20, 2014
Radical Islam is an idea, not an organization. It is the enemy, not terrorism.

No Such Thing as Peace at Any Price

18 Sivan 5774 – June 16, 2014
Unfortunately it really doesn’t matter what the common Muslim wants. Fanatic religious fervor trumps it all.

The Wrong Stuff – Focusing on Minutiae

10 Sivan 5774 – June 8, 2014
It seems like now more than ever Frumkeit has replaced sincerity as the primary focus of the right.

Extremism in Defense of Tznius

9 Sivan 5774 – June 6, 2014
One measure for living a "normal" life is Halacha, and the other is societal standards.

Crossing a Line

1 Sivan 5774 – May 30, 2014
Judaism is not only about doing the Mitzvos. It is also a belief system.

Today is Memorial Day

27 Iyyar 5774 – May 26, 2014
Eisenhower forced the residents of a nearby town to go to one of the liberated camps to see what their leaders had done.

Is Orthodoxy Winning?

24 Iyyar 5774 – May 23, 2014
I don’t think we can see ourselves as one cohesive unit of Orthodox Jews any more.

An Apology – and a Reputation Restored

23 Iyyar 5774 – May 22, 2014
We need both armies of Israel: the spiritual one, the Yeshiva world, and the physical one, the IDF.

Is Being Right Always Enough?

18 Iyyar 5774 – May 18, 2014
There was an obvious appearance of prejudice – even if there wasn’t any in actuality.

Outreach – Thinking Out of the Box

14 Iyyar 5774 – May 14, 2014
The Talmud belongs to all the Jewish people, not just Orthodox Jews.

Could Suicide Have Been Prevented?

12 Iyyar 5774 – May 12, 2014
The bottom line for me here is that a life could have been saved.

The Right Approach to Yom Ha’atzmaut

7 Iyyar 5774 – May 7, 2014
When President Obama was newly elected, he made a trip to the Middle East to address the Arab nations. He spoke about Israel’s right...

In Memoriam: For These I Cry

6 Iyyar 5774 – May 5, 2014
Please, Ribbono shel Olam, no more children or soldiers be called to join the holy minyan in Heaven.

Who is to Blame for the Divisiveness?

According to a recent survey in Mishpacha Magazine, most secular Israeli Jews do not hate charedim.

The ‘A’ Word

30 Nisan 5774 – April 30, 2014
I do not for a minute think he ever believed that Israel was or will be an Apartheid state. He simply misspoke.

Why Are Women Required to Recite the Haggadah?

17 Nisan 5774 – April 17, 2014
Women must eat Matzah on Pesach too but that is also a time bound positive commandment.

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