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A Rational but Insufficient Haredi Response

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.

Jonathan Rosenblum’s Hit Piece on Dov Lipman and the RCA

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.

Does Elu V’Elu Mean Tolerating the Intolerable?

This was simply an opportunity to capitalize on something they thought would have universal appeal in the Charedi world.

Stop the Vilification

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.

WoW, Charedim, and Learning from History

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same experiment twice and expecting different results.

100 Kids Kicked off a Plane Because No One Taught Them Midos

“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....

Chofetz Chaim Musmach Tells It Like It Is on Charedi Child Molestation

Let me emphasize that it is not me indicting Lakewood. It is coming from a Charedi Musmach.

Unconditional Love – Setting the Bar too Low

Unless he at some minimal level wants to try and go back "On the Derech" the parent will not love them.

How Can We Support Israel with all this Internal Strife?

I don’t see why any group has to identify itself as gay or straight in this parade.

Should IDF Soldiers Receive Lashes as Punishment for Forced Draft?

I’m sure this is an empty threat. No one is going to get lashes. It is just a scare tactic. Or is it?

Keeping Jews Jewish

Virtually all the Gedolim of previous generations, including Rav Soloveitchik, forbade any religious collaboration with heterodox rabbis for fear of giving them tacit recognition.

Recognizing Positive Haredi Values

Despite the criticisms, Haredi society has positives that should be recognized.

Another Defender of the Haredi Status Quo Clucks His Tongue

No religious Jew would deny the merit that Torah study. But it is the height of folly to believe that a strong military is therefore unnecessary.

Are Haredi Orgs Being Singled Out in Israel?

Just as the IRS targeted conservative groups, according a report, a leaked document states that Israel's Economic Affairs Ministry is targeting Haredi businesses and Yeshivos.

And the Bashing Continues…

Eliminating all secular studies is taking "Talmud Torah k’neged kulom" to an absurd extreme.

Intermarried Rabbis

If ritual observance is voluntary and all that counts is ethos, why not just drop the whole charade and just call anyone with an ethical perspective on life a Reform Jew?

Ending Zealotry in the Name of God

There is a new group of zealots who have taken a cue from the price taggers. They refer to themselves as Torah taggers.

A Haredi Thawing? Oops, Never Mind

What is really being gained by continuing to force Haredim to stay in the beis medrash full time via a draft that exempts Haredim?

A Crack in the Wall of Haredi Opposition

If Shas does agree to allow a secular core curriculum in their schools, that will put Ashkenazi Haredi leaders between a rock and a hard place.

The ‘Maharat’: Wonderful Achievement, Bad Idea

the title rabbi (or its equivalent) is more than about recognition of achievement.

Will the Real Haredi Please Stand Up?

The issue is not our obligation to listen to our rabbinic leaders. It is about whether we should listen to the rabbinic leaders of others.

The Clash at the Kotel: Where is the Wisdom?

With all the good intention of Israel’s rabbinic leaders, how could they not see that this was going to happen?

Ner Israel Rosh Yeshiva: Yesh Atid MK Rabbi Dov Lipman ‘Wicked’

What I do not understand is the harshness of his condemnation.

The Kolko Case: A Stain on Lakewood

We are a people whose mandate is Torah observance in all matters - between man and God as well as between man and his fellow man.

Get a Grip: Lapid is not Hitler or a Russian Czar

There is only one word that can explain the over the top reaction by Haredi establishment to this: Paranoia.

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