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Shots Fired at Shavei Shomron Jewish Community in Samaria

No physical injuries were reported, but the results of the gunfire were seen in the security wall around the community.

Partnership Minyans Growing Despite Condemnations

The battle over partnership minyans is just the latest scuffle in the war over women’s roles in the Orthodox community.

A Kosher Supermarket is About to Close and the Question is Why

The announcement by the 75-year old Crown Market in West Hartford, Connecticut, that it would be closing sent shock waves through the Jewish community. Mark...

Insularity or Engagement?

Many of my critics ask me why I don’t focus on the problems in the Modern Orthodox community.

Mother and Fighter for Religious Tolerance Quits Beit Shemesh

The Los Angeles-born woman, whose daughter was spat on by extreme Haredim in Beit Shemesh, has given up her fight for religious tolerance and leaves the city , but she blames modern orthodox Jews.

New Republic Article on Feminism from Zion Is All About the Stakes

The article argues that while naturally aligned with their fellow orthodox Jews, women from the modern orthodox community in Israel are finding themselves aligned with secular feminists.

The Charleston Hashkafa

I used to work in a school where the question often arose as to whether I am yeshivish or modern Orthodox.

Next Year In… Milwaukee?

I had been curious about Orthodox Union’s annual Jewish Communities Fair, and so while on tour in America, I joined the hungry Modern-Orthodox masses as they searched for new communities and a new life in far flung American locales - but not in Israel

Stop Deriding Black Hatters!

In the spirit of 'elu v’elu' we should just agree to disagree and respect each other’s views and lifestyles as long as they do not impinge on the rights of others.

The Most Dangerous Women in Israel

WOW threaten our very right to the Land.

The Jewish World Series: Home Run for Unison

The need for such a Shabbat-considerate tournament came up last winter, when the basketball team of Houston’s Beren Academy had reached the semifinals, only to become the center of a national controversy.

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.

Unholy Behavior

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.

The Way We Were

I though I might take a break from my regular fare here and talk a bit about my illustrious family. Many people know my New York cousins. Not so many know me. At least not outside my blog.

Outreach, Regrets and the Wrong Man for the Job

There are many people who are born frum that have issues that are similar to ba'alei teshuva. We shouldn’'t be singling them out. But then the Rav went right into bashing Modern Orthodoxy Although he didn't label them outright it was clear from the context that the Modern Orthodox Jew is, according to him, the one with the real problem.

The Emes Ve-Emunah People

The Emes Ve-Emunah blog recently ran an internal poll as to readers religious leanings, here blog author Harry Maryles analyzes the results.

The Winds of Mysticism

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

Modern Orthodox and Chassidic cultural norms may differ, but members of both communities have a respect for Halachah and desire to serve God.

Rabbi Asher Lopatin to Succeed Rabbi Avi Weiss at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Rabbi Asher Lopatin of Chicago is set to succeed Rabbi Avi Weiss next year at the helm of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Modern Orthodox...

Why Modern Orthodoxy?

The truth is that Orthodox Jews are all lumped together as having the same attitudes in life. So that for example a Chasidic Jew in Williamsburg will be treated the same way a Modern Orthodox Jew in Teaneck. They are both seen as Orthodox and their worldviews are more or less seen to be the same: decidedly anti-modern. But this viewpoint doesn't reflect the reality.

Charedi Intolerance of Modern Orthodox

A few years ago, Rabbi Michael Broyde wrote an analysis of the Halacha requiring married women to cover their hair. Although he in no way said that a married woman may uncover her hair he suggested that it is possible to say that there were Halachic sources that may have permitted it in certain social circumstances.

Obsession With Tuition Hurts Jewish Education

There is constant talk of a tuition crisis, of the growing number of yeshiva and day school parents – and potential parents – who say that full tuition or anything close to it is beyond their financial reach.

An Obscenity In Jerusalem

We thought the outrageous incident involving an eight-year-old child being spat on by a haredi man because he didn't think she was modestly dressed was about as over the top as one could get.

From Half To Full

A recent article in The Jewish Week brought to light something that has been afflicting the Orthodox community for some time now: teenage texting on Shabbos. The practice is becoming increasingly prevalent, especially but in no way exclusively, among Modern Orthodox teens.

We Should Not Be Surprised

If I am granted the years and strength, in three years (and during my eightieth year) I will conduct another census of Jewish day schools in the United States, following up on my previous research conducted at five-year intervals.

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