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Women of the Wall Blame Gov’t for Their Damaged Torah Scroll

29 Tishri 5774 – October 2, 2013
The Women of the Wall are unhappy again. Yes, they can read from the Torah, but now that have no scroll. It was damaged by dampness, and WoW blames the government for lack of proper storage.

The State of the Jew According to Pew

Very few middle aged and older people consider themselves ultra-orthodox. It’s a youth movement.

What’s Wrong With the Star-K Kosher Phone?

15 Elul 5773 – August 20, 2013
A kashrus agency should be concerned with one thing and one thing only: the kosher status of our food.

‘Danger of Fire’ from Shabbat Candles Shuts Out Jewish Tourists

22 Sivan 5773 – May 30, 2013
The Welsh U. of Aberystwyth declares that lighting Shabbat candles is a fire hazard, nearly 20 years after Jewish tourists have done so every summer.

Next Year In… Milwaukee?

24 Iyyar 5773 – May 3, 2013
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

Romney’s Frum Adviser Sums Up Campaign

22 Kislev 5773 – December 5, 2012
Had Mitt Romney won the presidential election, Tevi Troy would be director of domestic policy on his transition team.

CDC: Mumps Outbreak Due to Yeshiva Learning Style

19 Heshvan 5773 – November 4, 2012
A massive outbreak of mumps among Orthodox Jews in 2009 was due to the system of learning in yeshivas, according to a report by NPR.

Vote Early, Vote Often!

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 24, 2012
The title of this article is the supposed motto of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago, but for Americans living in Israel it means, literally, vote twice. Both Israel and America are holding important elections and, hopefully, most Orthodox Jews will be voting. The United States will be holding its regular four-year elections for president and many other offices, and Israel will be voting for an entire “new” Parliament (Knesset).

Changing Our Image for the Better

22 Elul 5772 – September 8, 2012
Rejecting something with knowledge is one thing, but most Jews in the world today have essentially rejected a life of Jewish observance with very little book or experiential knowledge.

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.

African American May Run for NY Mayor as Fusion Candidate of...

17 Av 5772 – August 5, 2012
The NY Post's Michael Benjamin, himself a former Democratic assemblyman, reported that NY State Senator Malcolm Smith from Queens, a Democrat, is planning to be the city's 109th mayor, come 2013, running on the Republican ticket. He also suggested that Smith’s trial balloon had rattled some GOP leaders, who are attempting to nip it in the bud. Democrats are saying Smith is just a stalking horse for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, meant to sway black votes from former city Comptroller Bill Thompson.

Talmud Underground

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 29, 2012
An Ultra-Orthodox man reading the Talmud on the subway from Underground NY Public Library. The photo blog is a project of acclaimed street photographer,...
(From Left) Eli and Avi Werdesheim

New ‘Zimmerman’ Trial in Baltimore, This Time with Orthodox Jews

2 Iyyar 5772 – April 24, 2012
The trial of the brothers Eliyahu and Avraham Werdesheim, who are accused of beating a black 15-year-old on November 19, 2010 as they were patrolling an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Baltimore, is scheduled to start today, Tuesday. In a case disturbingly reminiscent of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, the brothers are charged with assault, false imprisonment and carrying a deadly weapon, and could face 13 years in prison.

Sunday Rematch: Frum Soccer Winners and their Caribbean ‘Victims’

2 Nisan 5772 – March 24, 2012
The Crown Heights Caribbean soccer players who were destroyed last year by a team of Orthodox Jews are seeking revenge this Sunday. Of course, this is all about good sportsmanship and harmony, as the organizers of "Soccer for Harmony" keep repeating, because in Crown Heights it's better to repeat those things, just to be on the safe side.

Court clears Orthodox Jew for not carrying ID on Sabbath

28 Shevat 5772 – February 21, 2012
(JTA) -- An Orthodox Jew was found not guilty by a Hague appeals court of failing to produce an ID card on the Sabbath. The man...

Lain, Smartphone, Lain

22 Elul 5771 – September 21, 2011
As someone who lains fairly often at my synagogue, I don't consider it a big deal committing to a few aliyot every couple of weeks. I've even occasionally lained the megillah. Yet for more than 15 years, there is one Torah reading I have avoided laining at all costs: my bar mitzvah parshah.

Title: Ponderables

In recent years, the attitude dubbed "orthopraxy", the notion that holds that fulfillments of halakha is sufficient on its own terms without serving, or being subordinate to, any higher purpose , has become fashionable in some circles. Most famously advocated by the late distinguished Israeli scientist Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Orthopraxy - which has become accepted practically if not avowedly by many Orthodox Jews, both in the US and Israel - has found a number of other proponents as well, a disproportionate number of whom are among the intellectual elite.

No Longer Supporting Likud

23 Tevet 5771 – December 30, 2010
One morning recently, I woke up to find that someone had plastered our yishuv community with signs proclaiming, "Join the Likud Political Party." The signs and subsequent Internet and SMS messages informed us that party workers would soon be around to sign us up.

People’s Court-Ing Disaster

The recent episode of "The People's Court" featuring an Orthodox couple suing a laundry service for washing and ruining the woman's wig has once again put Torah Jews in a negative light. In addition to the show's regular viewers, countless others have seen a video of the trial and decision on the Internet.

Death of the Blue-Hat Jew?

15 Tevet 5771 – December 22, 2010
Once upon a time, there were Orthodox Jews who wore blue hats. Blue hats! Some wore brown, or shades of gray. In the summer, they wore white, or amber hats of straw.

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