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The Mess They Leave Behind

I hope these Breslover Chasidim got what they wanted out of this visit… and that it was worth the Chilul HaShem it ended up making.

Of Yoatzot and Shtenders

Some have argued that the advent of Yoatzot is a slippery slope towards the ordination of female rabbis.

Putting the Blame Where it Really Belongs

He has taught his Chasidim that one of the worst sins a Jew can do is inform on a fellow Jew to the government.

Doing Battle with WoW

I disagree with continuing to make an issue of it.

Abusing Clout

When Chassidim make a request to a government official, he pays attention.

Exacting Vengeance on the Gentiles?

Seeing the sight of Jesus on a cross must have made them feel like they were seeing Avodah Zara in the Beis HaMikdash.

The Internet, Halacha, and Olam HaBah

I happen to know Gedolei Torah and Roshei Yeshiva who use I-phones and the internet. Are they all doomed?

Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood

The Egyptian army is fighting a movement that is extremely anti Semitic as a part of its religious theology.

A Step in the Right Direction

The moderate Charedi world that I often talk about as the future of mainstream American Orthodoxy - is a beneficiary of the new high school curriculum.

The Importance of Day Schools

Parents who themselves have gone through the day school system recognize their value and no longer need convincing to send their children.

Reading the Mind of God

"As soon as these chariots of kedusha started running, the suicide bombers stopped."

When Good Children Go OTD

I know families with an OTD child that are very right wing, moderate Charedi, and right wing Modern Orthodox.

Will Observant Judaism of the Future Look Like Satmar?

They live in a world apart from the rest of observant Jewry.

The Holocaust as an Expression of Kindness? Seriously?

Rabbi Avigdor Miller did not want to publish this work during his lifetime. He felt that so soon after the Holocaust it would upset survivors

Whose Values Do They Represent?

I don’t know that the majority of the Haredi world actually considers memorials to IDF fallen soldiers to be idolatry.

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.

Of Homosexuals, Pedophiles, and Differences

In 1998 The APA issued a report claiming “that the ‘negative potential’ of adult sex with children was ‘overstated.’"

Peace Negotiations: Necessary Waste of Time

One might say that this is a major achievement by the administration. But one would be wrong.

Debunking the ‘Age Gap Theory’…Again

How manipulating shadchanim and even offering financial "incentives" to marry men off to older women is ethically sound or halachically permissible has yet to be explained.

A Message From One of their Own

R’ Yaakov’s experiences once he left the cocoon of the Lakewood environment provided him with an entirely different perspective on what non Jews are really like.

Are We Fulfilling our Mission to the World?

I get so worked up when one of us, especially one who is observant, somehow misbehaves in any way.

Religious Zionists Are Amalek? Just Shoot Me Now!

The rhetoric that has accompanied the proposed legislation to subject Charedim the draft seems to be bordering on hysteria.

We Cannot Allow Pain to Drive the Jewish Agenda

Unlike the survivors of abuse that took place at YU, I do not want to see YU close down.

Teaching a Doctrine of Hate

Satmar has long ago established itself as anti Israel and everyone knows it. Standing on the same stage creates the perception of endorsing their views.

Whose Fault Was the Haredi Attack Anyway?

I am not angry at the dogs who attacked a Charedi soldier. But I am upset at the Rabbinic leadership who have thus far remained silent.

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