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Can Women say Kaddish?

I do not see this as a feminist issue at all. This is a human issue.

Netanyahu’s Mistake

In every move the Prime Minster has taken since the Presidential election, he has had complete U.S. support. Now Israel has taken a step backward.

Touching the Opposite Sex

'Shomer negiah,' the halachic bar on physical contact with the opposite sex, is wrongly treated by many as a Chumra that many do not observe.

The Trial of a Rasha

The facts of the case are so revealing that one would have to be blind, deaf, and dumb to think this man is innocent.

Equality in Service to One’s Country

According to Rav Meir Porush, it is better for Yeshiva students to sit in jail than to serve their country.

The Problem with Haredi Magazines

Really? They had to ask the Rosh Yeshiva if they could help people?

Yeshivish, the Language

I wonder how many people are able to understand the language spoken by some of the Magidei Shiur.

Happy Thanksgiving – 2012

I see nothing wrong with our participating with all American citizens in observing Thanksgiving.

For Gaza: Peace or Devastation

Israel should continue to try and avoid civilian casualties as much as possible - but basically bomb Gaza into the stone age.

Why Bill Cosby is a Great Man

The clip shows he truly understands antisemitism.

Rating the Major US Networks on Gaza

Of the 3 networks, I think CBS had the most comprehensive and fair coverage of all. ABC is so far the most biased.

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

In times of trouble like these, it behooves us to remember a phrase made popular in song after the attack in Pearl Harbor during World War II. A phrase that speaks to Hishtadlus: Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

Removing the Evil from Our Midst

Israel ought to take advantage of this new world order and clean house in Gaza.

Hooligans?!

They can say it is only the hooligans and that every society has hooligans. I don't believe them.

A Kaliver Example for the Torah World

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if instead of Hashkafic politics we could all be interested teaching Torah L’shma to anyone, anywhere without any Hashkafic pre-conditions?

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

In what may appear as one of the more interesting ironies to some, the Forward has chosen Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel (pictured here with Senator Joseph Lieberman) as one of the top 5 most influential Jews in America. (They did not say which position he holds on that short list.)

Who is Alex Clare? And Why Do I care?

Who is Alex Clare? He is a British pop singer with a top ten single entitled Too Close. He is the ex-boyfriend of Amy Winehouse. And he is an observant Jew. How - one might ask - does an Orthodox Jew hook up with someone like Amy Whitehouse, a mega popular Grammy award winning Jewish singer who was anything but observant? And who had a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse that eventually caused her death?

The Chesed of Satmar and of the American People

There’s a story on a website called Behadrey Haredim (in the rooms of Charedim). This Hebrew language - Israeli based website is now available in English. It tells of how Satmar Chasidim, at the behest of their Rebbe have pulled out all the stops to help fellow Jews in neighborhoods such as Far Rockaway and Bayswater that were suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Can an Orthodox Jewish Woman Have it All?

As I began reading an article in the Forward by Aurora Mendelsohn about whether a Jewish woman can have it all (meaning a career and an observant family) I received a call from my daughter about an article in the Chicago Tribune about one woman who does have it all.

Four More Years

Once again I find myself congratulating the man I did not vote for. Barack Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term as President of the United States. As I said in my endorsement of his opponent, the President is a good and decent man. I don’t think he has been a bad President. He just hasn’t been a great President.

As Long as We’re Guessing at God’s Message…

It didn’t take very long for some holy rollers to pop up and tell us why God punished the East Coast with a devastating storm. Not only didn’t it take long, there seemed to be a rush to see who could come up with a reason first. I don’t know who actually won that race. But I do know that there are a lot of people who think they have a direct line to God and know exactly what He was trying to tell us. Well, I’m glad I now know. Or do I?

Gaming the System

One of the more troubling issues for me about the current right-wing push for all of their students to learn Torah full time for as long as possible (well into their marriage and long after having a number of children to support) is the way in which this is financed. I have long ago expressed my disagreement with this policy as it is currently applied. The idea of directing every single male in all of Jewry into a life of Torah study as the ideal (to the exclusion of any other productive endeavor) is anathema to the very idea of a Jewish nation.

The Making of a President and the Making of a Gadol

I must say that I was a little bit amused by the above video featured on Aish.com. In about 3 minutes Mrs. Lori Palatnik proudly explains the difference between how Americans choose their leaders and how Orthodox Jews chose their leaders. Choosing a President in this great country of ours is a democratic process, but it is heavily influenced by money and power; ads and sloganeering; and smearing the opponent. Politics at its worst one might say. Certainly the best man available for the job may not be elected, or even running.

Kosher or Not, the Internet Cannot be Stopped

The idea of a well-shackled mind being in a superior position to battle going OTD is certainly understandable. But in practice, the mind can no longer stay well-shackled. The internet is not only here to stay. Its ubiquity is increasing by leaps and bounds via the smart phone. No ban in the world has the power to stop it. It is like spitting in the wind.

Never Mind Condemnations by Torah Sages, College Is Not ‘Traif’

“Certainly, there is an absolute condemnation of any sort of college from most Gedolim.” That is how the cover article in last week’s Ami Magazine was punctuated. That article was about the dangers to one’s spiritual health of attending college. Ironically the article itself was very fair about the issue. Various rabbis who are either directly or indirectly involved with colleges and universities that have significant Orthodox Jewish populations were interviewed. There was not a single comment indicative of any Issur on attending college.

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