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Can Women say Kaddish?

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
I do not see this as a feminist issue at all. This is a human issue.

Netanyahu’s Mistake

21 Kislev 5773 – December 4, 2012
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

20 Kislev 5773 – December 3, 2012
'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

15 Kislev 5773 – November 28, 2012
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

14 Kislev 5773 – November 27, 2012
Really? They had to ask the Rosh Yeshiva if they could help people?

Yeshivish, the Language

13 Kislev 5773 – November 26, 2012
I wonder how many people are able to understand the language spoken by some of the Magidei Shiur.

Happy Thanksgiving – 2012

12 Kislev 5773 – November 25, 2012
I see nothing wrong with our participating with all American citizens in observing Thanksgiving.

For Gaza: Peace or Devastation

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
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

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
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

7 Kislev 5773 – November 20, 2012
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

5 Kislev 5773 – November 19, 2012
Israel ought to take advantage of this new world order and clean house in Gaza.

Hooligans?!

5 Kislev 5773 – November 18, 2012
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

29 Heshvan 5773 – November 14, 2012
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

29 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
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?

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 12, 2012
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

27 Heshvan 5773 – November 11, 2012
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?

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
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

23 Heshvan 5773 – November 7, 2012
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.

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