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....
Let me emphasize that it is not me indicting Lakewood. It is coming from a Charedi Musmach.
Unless he at some minimal level wants to try and go back "On the Derech" the parent will not love them.
I don’t see why any group has to identify itself as gay or straight in this parade.
I’m sure this is an empty threat. No one is going to get lashes. It is just a scare tactic. Or is it?
Virtually all the Gedolim of previous generations, including Rav Soloveitchik, forbade any religious collaboration with heterodox rabbis for fear of giving them tacit recognition.
Despite the criticisms, Haredi society has positives that should be recognized.
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.