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Why a Burka is Not Modest Enough

I am surprised that burkas aren’t standard apparel for the woman in the street.

Is Consent for Metzitza B’Peh Really about Banning Circumcision?

Metzizah b'peh is not even required by many Orthododx poskim. In fact it is actually discouraged by some.

Is Going to the IDF an Evil Decree?

The implication of such statements is that anyone who serves in the army is guilty of violating a yahorog v’al ya’avor.

Lapid Concedes: Haredim Have Won (Video)

Lapid is a patriot who is both honest and who has a clear vision for the future. A vision that is inclusive of all!

The ‘Tznius Chase’: Is This Photo Immodest?

This is the 'tznius chase,' a subset of the 'Frumkeit race,' also known as the move to the right.

Selling Snake Oil for Charity

Taking advantage of desperate people by getting them to part with their money in exchange for segulot is not what I believe God intended for us as a holy nation.

And the Winner is…

Even though there will be an unprecedented number of religious Knesset members, Haredim are closer to being drafted than at any time in Israel’s history.

Weberman’s Sentence: Justice Has Been Served

No one should see Weberman's 103 year sentence as excessively harsh. Instead they should see this as a victory for the abused.

Movers and Shakers

In his new book Movers and Shakers, Elliot Resnick was able to capture the essence of each of his subjects.

To Be (Anonymous) or Not to Be

Although I allow people to post anonymously (albeit with at least an alias) I would prefer that people stand by their words and not be afraid of them.

Another One Rides the Bus

There are always people who in cases like this will cast the victim as a provocateur.

Can a Therapist Destroy a Marriage?

Individual therapy can be very helpful as long as the therapist does not turn his or her client against the spouse without hearing their side of it.

Inspiring Our Youth and the Search for Meaning

Among the many things Judaism can do for you is to give meaning to your life.

The Price of Enforced Uniformity

By now a critical mass of Charedim has learned and internalized that the evils – which are real – are not the only thing the internet has to offer.

What Is Sexual Abuse?

Should a university be sued because their officials at that time misread those events as relatively harmless?

Another Milestone for the Jewish People in America

I said I am proud of the President for choosing the best man for the job at Treasury even though he is Jewish.

Telling it Like it is – Publicly

No matter how altruistic one is - if he is afraid to speak the truth out of fear of being attacked, that is not leadership.

Don’t Push Too Hard Against Hagel Nomination

While it is the right of every American to lobby congress for their legitimate needs, I think our case has already been well made.

A Bad Pick for Secretary of Defense

I fear that if Israel ever faces existential danger such as that threatened by Iran, Hagel might just say that he is not the Defense Minster of Israel.

The Future of Judaism

Modern Orthodox Jews will join the ranks of Moderate Charedim as a socially cohesive group.

Does the Very Air in Israel Make One Wise?

I don’t know what is in the air in Israel that makes some people think that they are doing the right thing by God in sticking knives into the heads of their opponents.

In Appreciation to My Readers…

I wish to thank all of my readers for your support in helping to make this blog the success that it is.

Outreach, Inreach and Insularity

Inspiring the unaffiliated can be done through inspirational stories or through our own behavior as role models.

Are the Ultra Orthodox Incapable of Seeing God Fearing in National Religious Jews?

A Chareidi rabbi lamented the attempt to denigrate a kiddush hashem preformed by a dati-leumi (national-religious) student.

Tznius Squads: Can This Really be Judaism?

The extreme emphasis on tznius (modesty) has even led to husbands and wives being buried in separate locations.

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