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What Rav Shachter Said…

We were all sitting around Rav Shachter in a circle. And we were all thinking the same thing.

Societal Abandonment of the Bible as a Moral Guide

Who individuals are attracted to is none of our business and shouldn’t influence our encounters with them, but that is different than the normalization of gay sex.

A Brighter Future for Haredim in Israel

There is no reason why Haredim should continue to be the single biggest and fastest growing welfare demographic in all of Israel.

Visiting a Friend

Unlike some of his biggest detractors, I believe that the President actually likes Israel and values the friendship of the Israeli people.

Is Sabbath Observance Enough?

I would love to consider all people who observe Shabbos as observant. That was once the case.

A Hasidic Role Model

I would love to see Mrs. Freier become the role model for all Hasidic women – and not just for those like the ones she attended school with.

A View of Observant Judaism by a Non Observant Jew

Most of us know right from wrong and live as though it matters because it does. This is what David Brooks reported.

A Short but Fulfilled Life

Even though his prognosis was never good, it was still a shock when it happened.

Is Learning Torah ‘Sharing the Burden’?

Once again we see a great rabbinic figure who apparently does not understand what it is that really upsets the non-Haredi public, including many observant Jews.

Strange Bedfellows

Haredi leaders could not care less if Israel retains Judea and Samaria - as long as their Mosdos (religious institutions) get funded.

Anger at Haredim: Who Is to Blame?

The draft is but one area Haredi leaders badly stumble over.

Some of My Best Friends Are…

When journalists question why a black woman won a beauty contest - even if it is disguised as referring only to this particular black woman - I think that is sad.

A Time for Zero Tolerance and a Time for Tolerance

When it comes to victims of abuse the overriding approach should be one of compassion and understanding. But school officials' mishandling of a situation should not automatically result in termination.

The Conundrum of Dealing with Sexual Abuse

There has been much reluctance by rabbinic groups such as Agudah to be more forceful in their approach to abusers. They find the allegations hard to believe.

Well Intentioned, but Wrong to Condone Homosexuality

Making gay marriage not just value neutral but something positive. It is in effect koshering a forbidden lifestyle.

A New Beginning?

The era of Godless leadership in the Knesset ended with Menachem Begin. One might even say it ended with the Six Day War.

Disappointed But Not Surprised

There ought to be a process of exempting yeshiva students via bechinos (tests).

Memo to the President: Compromise on the Budget

The fault lies with both the executive and legislative branches of government. Neither wants to budge from their ideological positions.

A ‘Fake’ Haredi?

It is to Jonathan Rosenblum’s great credit that he has written this critical essay in a Haredi publication.

Torah and the Secular Jew

As a youth, MK Dr. Ruth Calderon was not satisfied with the secular treatment of Judaism she got in Israeli schools. So eventually she founded a secular yeshiva.

Can a Gadol Resign?

Gedolim are not perfect. They are human, just like the rest of us. A true Gadol will always try to do the right thing. And the public should not lose out because of occasional errors.

The Winds of Change

Do these rabbis really think that Naftali Bennett, an observant Jew, or Rabbi Dov Lipman have “risen in our generation to destroy the Jewish people”?

How the World Sees Men in Black

It is ethical and moral behavior that makes us a light unto the nations.

Goodbye to a Good Pope

The relationship between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church has never been better. And the current Pope deserves credit for that.

Is it True that ‘No One Really Frum Has a TV’?

With this comment Rabbi Schneierson wiped out of Orthodoxy most of observant Jewry including many Haredim.

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