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An Israeli family welcome the entrance shabbat in a bomb shelter in the southern city of Ashkelon.

Is Sabbath Observance Enough?

8 Nisan 5773 – March 18, 2013
I would love to consider all people who observe Shabbos as observant. That was once the case.

A Hasidic Role Model

7 Nisan 5773 – March 17, 2013
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

3 Nisan 5773 – March 13, 2013
Most of us know right from wrong and live as though it matters because it does. This is what David Brooks reported.
R&R Photographers, courtesy the Maryles family.

A Short but Fulfilled Life

2 Nisan 5773 – March 12, 2013
Even though his prognosis was never good, it was still a shock when it happened.

Is Learning Torah ‘Sharing the Burden’?

1 Nisan 5773 – March 11, 2013
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.
A Haredi man walking on the road to Modiin Elit.

Strange Bedfellows

29 Adar 5773 – March 10, 2013
Haredi leaders could not care less if Israel retains Judea and Samaria - as long as their Mosdos (religious institutions) get funded.
Haredi men scuffle with Israeli police.

Anger at Haredim: Who Is to Blame?

26 Adar 5773 – March 7, 2013
The draft is but one area Haredi leaders badly stumble over.
21-year old Yityish Aynaw

Some of My Best Friends Are…

25 Adar 5773 – March 6, 2013
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

22 Adar 5773 – March 3, 2013
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

19 Adar 5773 – February 28, 2013
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

18 Adar 5773 – February 27, 2013
Making gay marriage not just value neutral but something positive. It is in effect koshering a forbidden lifestyle.
MK Dr. Ruth Calderon

A New Beginning?

17 Adar 5773 – February 26, 2013
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

12 Adar 5773 – February 21, 2013
There ought to be a process of exempting yeshiva students via bechinos (tests).

Memo to the President: Compromise on the Budget

11 Adar 5773 – February 20, 2013
The fault lies with both the executive and legislative branches of government. Neither wants to budge from their ideological positions.

A ‘Fake’ Haredi?

10 Adar 5773 – February 19, 2013
It is to Jonathan Rosenblum’s great credit that he has written this critical essay in a Haredi publication.

Torah and the Secular Jew

9 Adar 5773 – February 18, 2013
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?

8 Adar 5773 – February 17, 2013
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.
Yesh Atid MK Rabbi Dov Lipman.

The Winds of Change

5 Adar 5773 – February 14, 2013
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

4 Adar 5773 – February 13, 2013
It is ethical and moral behavior that makes us a light unto the nations.

Goodbye to a Good Pope

3 Adar 5773 – February 12, 2013
The relationship between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church has never been better. And the current Pope deserves credit for that.

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