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.
I get so worked up when one of us, especially one who is observant, somehow misbehaves in any way.
The rhetoric that has accompanied the proposed legislation to subject Charedim the draft seems to be bordering on hysteria.
Unlike the survivors of abuse that took place at YU, I do not want to see YU close down.
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.
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.
The fault lies in the attitudes fostered in the societies that produce these animals.
The latest volley in the intra-Orthodox ‘wars’ is the one between one of my heroes, Lord, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and the rabbinic leaders of Agudah.
The backlash is coming in the form of attacking Charedi recruits.
"Yeshiva University is not only an institution. It is a faith, a vision, a dream, a destiny. It has been my faith, my vision, my dream, and my destiny."
It is time to let Rabbi Lipman speak for himself and explain what he is doing and why.
Rabbi Bloom’s condescending condemnation is particularly troubling because he clearly bases it on assumptions about someone he has never met.
In a democracy that separates church from state, it makes sense to not allow biblical prohibitions to impede freedom to those who do not believe in the bible.
I do not envy Chief Rabbi Elect, Ephraim Mirvis. Lord Sacks’ shoes will be hard to fill.
They used the same litany against the government heard repeatedly from the right, vilifying Zionism in all its forms from its inception to this day.
The circumstances of the Edward Snowden case are not so different from Jonathan Pollard's.
Rabbi Metzger denies everything. I hope that’s true.
The Charedi rabbinic leaders in Israel who are not accustomed to American standards are afraid of them.
Apology Letter to Mrs S.
Rav Lopiansky tries to actually answer some of the questions I have publicly asked about the current Charedi opposition to drafting Charedim into the army.
One of the arguments Jonathan makes is that we here in the United States ought to ‘not mix in’ to the issues affecting Charedim in Israel.
This was simply an opportunity to capitalize on something they thought would have universal appeal in the Charedi world.
No matter how many times Lapid says he does not want to destroy Charedi Judaism, they see him as disingenuous with an ulterior motive to destroy the Charedi way of life.
Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same experiment twice and expecting different results.
“What’s the Matter with Kids Today”. That is the title of a song sung by actor Paul Lynde from the 1960s musical Bye Bye Birdie....