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When Good People Cheat

Posted on: September 6th, 2012

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Somehow, even though it should be obvious to them that the U.S. is different, they have retained the mindset that it’s OK to cheat “the Goyim” - if they can get away with it. And that is what causes the kind of Chilul HaShem that is happening here. And when the criminal is someone who is otherwise a good person, the Chilul HaShem is even greater.

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Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments by Marc Chagall.
 

Why I Believe…

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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Some might call this Emunah Peshuta – simple belief. Perhaps. But it is not blind belief. I am not a blind believer. However, I can understand why someone would call my belief in the truth of Judaism blind.

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A brit mila ceremony.
 

The Proper Performance of Bris Milah

Posted on: September 4th, 2012

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When it comes to Metzitza B’Peh, we are not discussing a Biblical Commandment, nor are we referring to a Rabbinical enactment from the Gemarah's time. We are referring to a hallowed Minhag from days of yore to use the mouth only.

Jews perform a brit mila in the French Jewish Community in Paris.
 

Metzitza B’Peh: Infant Russian Roulette

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012

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I would be opposed to the government legislating against doing MbP. That it is considered so vital by so large a segment of Jewry combined by the low probability of a child ever contracting herpes moves me to oppose it. In this case I do feel that banning the procedure would be an unconstitutional impediment to freedom of religion. But that is not the law being proposed.

A yeshiva elementary school classroom in Jerusalem.
 

Keeping the Faith

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012

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An increasing number of Orthodox Jews are questioning their faith and educators don't know how to respond.

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"Na, nach, nachman meuman" is a mantra used by some sub-groups of the Breslov Hasidic Jews, and written on all kinds of places around Israel.
 

The Winds of Mysticism

Posted on: August 31st, 2012

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The mysticism of Sephardim and Chasidus seems to be making in-roads. Especially with mainstream rabbinic figures supporting it. I sure hope this is only a passing fad.

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Orthodox Jewish women enjoy shopping at a clothing fair for women only, held at the International Conference Center in jerusalem. March 27, 2012.
 

One Judaism, Two Perspectives on Dressing Modesty

Posted on: August 30th, 2012

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Modern Orthodox and Chassidic cultural norms may differ, but members of both communities have a respect for Halachah and desire to serve God.

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Rabbi Avi Weiss (during a distinctly non-YCT event)
 

Can a ‘Lefty’ Rabbi Save Yeshivat Chovevei Torah?

Posted on: August 29th, 2012

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Rabbi Asher Lopatin, who will succeed Rabbi Avi Weiss as head of YCT, is most definitely on the left side of the Orthodox spectrum. Nevertheless he can keep YCT from sliding too far to the left and cross the line of Orthodoxy. YCT founder Rabbi Avi Weiss candidly admitted that he has parted ways with his Rebbe on the approach to these issues. And he has incorporated it into the philosophy of his Yeshiva.

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Photo: Orthodox Jewish wedding with chupah in Vienna.
 

My Big Fat Jewish Wedding

Posted on: August 28th, 2012

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צאנז 111 from bhol on Vimeo. Not being a Chasid of his (or Chasid of any kind) I don’t really know much about the Munkatcher Rebbe. But if he is like most other Chasidic Rebbes, he will have a huge blowout of a wedding next Monday for his grandson – similar to the one in […]

Broadly respected gadol hador, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (1895-1986).
 

Merging the Orthodox Streams

Posted on: August 27th, 2012

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Imagine a Moetzes that included a broader spectrum of rabbinic leaders. And a population of educated Jews that can make a decent living in all fields – including the field of Torah study.

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Orthodox
 

Why Modern Orthodoxy?

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012

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The truth is that Orthodox Jews are all lumped together as having the same attitudes in life. So that for example a Chasidic Jew in Williamsburg will be treated the same way a Modern Orthodox Jew in Teaneck. They are both seen as Orthodox and their worldviews are more or less seen to be the same: decidedly anti-modern. But this viewpoint doesn't reflect the reality.

Orthodoxy
 

As the Pendulum Swings – Ever Rightward

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012

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Fact is there is of course nothing wrong with raising standards of religious observance. As long as it is voluntary. But when schools start making new demands along those lines, they completely ignore individual choice. Being Machmir should be an individual choice and not forced upon anyone. These strictrures have nothing to do with basic Halacha. They have to do with image.

Burnt-out Palestinian taxi
 

Jewish Terrorists!?

Posted on: August 21st, 2012

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These people are no better than the arsonists of who set fires during the '68 riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King . Then Mayor Richard J. Daley gave police the green light to police to shoot to kill anyone seen attempting arson. People who throw firebombs into cars are murderers. There is no justification for targeting innocent people. These terrorists ought to be treated accordingly. That no one died yet from that act is a miracle.

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RP
 

35 Hours

Posted on: August 19th, 2012

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How in heaven's name does a pedophile who is convicted and registered sex offender get a job delivering milk late at night to a summer-camp full of children? Don't they do background checks?

Brit Milah
 

Informed Consent

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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Despite the fact that major Poskim spanning several generations declare that the lack of Metzitza B’Peh does not invalidate Bris Milah – some even requiring alternative safer methods - the fact remains that there is a strongly held view mostly among Chasidim that Metzitza B’Peh is an absolute requirement of Bris Milah.

In prayer
 

The ‘Nine Questions’

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

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I generally do not respond to patronizing comments on my blog. However, the questions raised by a recent commenter are common ones and deserve answers.

Somewhere past the black hats in the Haredi community of Beitar Illit, there are other Jewish communities
 

The Wrong Stuff of the Right

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

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I recently saw a picture of the first Agudah convention taken almost 100 years ago. There were people in all manner of dress: light suits, dark suits, vests… some had hats, some caps, some just plain Kipot. Many clean shaven, few with peyos… All were there and all were the equivalent of the Charedi world we have today. This was the Agudah of Yesteryear.

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Battered Wife
 

Police?…Or Shomrim?

Posted on: August 13th, 2012

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The public the Shomrim serve trusts them more than the police. They ought to be disabused of that notion. Shomrim should be an auxiliary to the police, not the other way around.

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Of truth and belief
 

Of Truth and Belief

Posted on: August 12th, 2012

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As currently defined, an Orthoprax Jew tends to follow Halacha, but may question the existence of God or whether the Torah was given to us at Sinai .

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Sunset silhouette
 

Iconic Sinners

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

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How does one reconcile greatness with evil? Is it possible that one can be a great contributor to society and have a dark side? And how are we to look at such a person? Does abusing someone sexually - even only one or two times to one person - negate all the good he has done?

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