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The Good News and the Bad for Orthodoxy

29 Tishri 5774 – October 3, 2013
Even though 10% of Jewry identifies as Orthodox, 14% to 17% say they were raised Orthodox.

YCT, Heterodoxy, and Agudah

28 Tishri 5774 – October 2, 2013
It is a fact that heterodoxy is no longer the threat to Orthodoxy it once was – if at all.

Succumbing to Temptation

27 Tishri 5774 – October 1, 2013
I don’t know what it is that turns good people into crooks.

Images of ‘the Other’

26 Tishri 5774 – September 30, 2013
Images of ‘the other’ are heavily biased by what the media report about them.

Yom Tov Sheni in Israel

21 Tishri 5774 – September 25, 2013
I do not enjoy the second Simchas Torah at all.

He Feels their Pain

20 Tishri 5774 – September 24, 2013
The Charedi world has never seen the government in a positive light and condemns it frequently.

The Right to Buy Snake Oil

13 Tishri 5774 – September 17, 2013
I question the success rate claims made by conversion therapy advocates upon which Agudah no doubt relies.

Intermarriage 2013

12 Tishri 5774 – September 16, 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)

12 Tishri 5774 – September 15, 2013
Being frum today is an upper-middle-class pursuit.

He Murdered his Daughter

8 Tishri 5774 – September 12, 2013
What would compel a devout Jewish father to take the life of his own child?

The Mess They Leave Behind

7 Tishri 5774 – September 10, 2013
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

28 Elul 5773 – September 3, 2013
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

24 Elul 5773 – August 30, 2013
I disagree with continuing to make an issue of it.

Abusing Clout

20 Elul 5773 – August 25, 2013
When Chassidim make a request to a government official, he pays attention.

Exacting Vengeance on the Gentiles?

15 Elul 5773 – August 21, 2013
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

15 Elul 5773 – August 20, 2013
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

13 Elul 5773 – August 18, 2013
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

10 Elul 5773 – August 15, 2013
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

7 Elul 5773 – August 12, 2013
Parents who themselves have gone through the day school system recognize their value and no longer need convincing to send their children.

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