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Does She Understand? I Think She Does

12 Tishri 5775 – October 6, 2014
I can’t blame these people for seeing women that way, it's how they are raised-I blame the Hashkafa

Motives…

20 Elul 5774 – September 14, 2014
Pashkevil: "Come out today and battle the Zionist Amalek and all the traitors in Nahal Haredi..."

Mr. Abutbul: Tear Down that Wall!

13 Elul 5774 – September 7, 2014
1st thing that must be done: tear down that wall; 2nd thing: allocate empty classrooms to Charedim.

What Will the Future of Judaism Look Like?

25 Av 5774 – August 20, 2014
We all got degrees. We got married. We had families. We worked. We and were Koveih Itim

Keeping Haredim Excited About Torah

28 Nisan 5774 – April 28, 2014
It is in our best interest to find new ways to infuse life and vitality into observant life.

Images of ‘the Other’

26 Tishri 5774 – September 30, 2013
Images of ‘the other’ are heavily biased by what the media report about them.

Whose Values Do They Represent?

26 Av 5773 – August 1, 2013
I don’t know that the majority of the Haredi world actually considers memorials to IDF fallen soldiers to be idolatry.

God’s Army

27 Sivan 5773 – June 5, 2013
Don’t think that secular Israelis are not just as divided as anyone else.

A Haredi Role Model

8 Tevet 5773 – December 20, 2012
A Haredi organization helps Haredim be brought up to speed to meet the challenges of the modern work place.

More Religious? Or Going Off the Deep End?

14 Heshvan 5773 – October 29, 2012
They want to have total isolation from the rest of the world? I think perhaps we should finally give it to them. It pains me to say so but based on what I am reading in their very own media, going off the deep end is not an exaggeration. It may even be an understatement! It is a wonder that they do not have a bigger OTD problem than they already do. I guess that their system works very well for them that way.

The Rabbi’s Daughter

10 Heshvan 5773 – October 25, 2012
Several prominent Religious Zionist rabbis in Israel have fallen victim to the OTD (Off the Derech) phenomenon. Rav Shlomo Aviner, Rav David Bigman, and Rav Yoram Tzohar each have a daughter that has departed from the observant ways of their parents. So for those parents who have OTD children, you are not alone. There are some very prominent people who join you. One may ask: How can I publicize something like this about such prominent leaders in Klal Yisroel, since it might be embarrassing to them? The answer is that they do not hide it. They willingly participated in a film that tells their story.

Is This Man a Charedi Hater?

8 Heshvan 5773 – October 23, 2012
In its most recent edition, Ami Magazine has accused Professor Samuel Heilman - a distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College of hating Charedim. I am all too familiar with accusations like this as I am often accused of being a Charedi hater myself. But the truth is that neither I nor Professor Heilman are such a thing.

Reflections on My Trip to Israel

26 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
Despite some of my early negative observations - it still seemed like there was a tremendous sense of Achdus in many respects. The Shul I davened at was very Charedi and yet a great number of regular attendees there are Dati Leumi - Kipa Seruga, no jacket or hat. Even an occasional Israeli solider in full uniform can be found catching a Minyan there. All are welcome.

The Downside of Religious Idealism

19 Tishri 5773 – October 5, 2012
Why is there so much animosity between Charedi and Dati Leumi/Religious Zionist factions? I can't fully answer the question. But I do have some thoughts about it. I think it is because Israelis are far more idealistic about their religious values - especially those who make Aliyah.

Unholy Behavior

19 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
The enmity I have observed between groups here in the holy land has been a source of great disappointment to me. Not that I didn’t know it exists. But I have encountered numerous instances of it I and did not realize the extent of it.

There’s Still Something Wrong with this Picture

5 Tishri 5773 – September 20, 2012
Charedi schools like Darkei Sarah now realize that the Charedi family can no longer survive on the kinds of menial jobs women can get without a decent education.

The Emes Ve-Emunah People

27 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
The Emes Ve-Emunah blog recently ran an internal poll as to readers religious leanings, here blog author Harry Maryles analyzes the results.

The Road Paved with iPhones

23 Elul 5772 – September 10, 2012
There are many Halachic reasons to disqualify a witness. Owning an iPhone is not one of them.

The Winds of Mysticism

13 Elul 5772 – August 31, 2012
The mysticism of Sephardim and Chasidus seems to be making in-roads. Especially with mainstream rabbinic figures supporting it. I sure hope this is only a passing fad.

One Judaism, Two Perspectives on Dressing Modesty

12 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
Modern Orthodox and Chassidic cultural norms may differ, but members of both communities have a respect for Halachah and desire to serve God.

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