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YCT, Heterodoxy, and Agudah

It is a fact that heterodoxy is no longer the threat to Orthodoxy it once was – if at all.

Succumbing to Temptation

I don’t know what it is that turns good people into crooks.

Images of ‘the Other’

Images of ‘the other’ are heavily biased by what the media report about them.

Yom Tov Sheni in Israel

I do not enjoy the second Simchas Torah at all.

He Feels their Pain

The Charedi world has never seen the government in a positive light and condemns it frequently.

The Right to Buy Snake Oil

I question the success rate claims made by conversion therapy advocates upon which Agudah no doubt relies.

Intermarriage 2013

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

Of Davenning, and OTD (Off the Derech)

Being frum today is an upper-middle-class pursuit.

He Murdered his Daughter

What would compel a devout Jewish father to take the life of his own child?

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.

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