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No Child Left Behind: A Jewish Value

8 Nisan 5774 – April 8, 2014
Students most in danger of going OTD are those with damaged egos from teacher inattentiveness.

When Good Children Go OTD

3 Elul 5773 – August 8, 2013
I know families with an OTD child that are very right wing, moderate Charedi, and right wing Modern Orthodox.

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.

Kosher or Not, the Internet Cannot be Stopped

15 Heshvan 5773 – October 31, 2012
The idea of a well-shackled mind being in a superior position to battle going OTD is certainly understandable. But in practice, the mind can no longer stay well-shackled. The internet is not only here to stay. Its ubiquity is increasing by leaps and bounds via the smart phone. No ban in the world has the power to stop it. It is like spitting in the wind.

Never Mind Condemnations by Torah Sages, College Is Not ‘Traif’

14 Heshvan 5773 – October 30, 2012
“Certainly, there is an absolute condemnation of any sort of college from most Gedolim.” That is how the cover article in last week’s Ami Magazine was punctuated. That article was about the dangers to one’s spiritual health of attending college. Ironically the article itself was very fair about the issue. Various rabbis who are either directly or indirectly involved with colleges and universities that have significant Orthodox Jewish populations were interviewed. There was not a single comment indicative of any Issur on attending college.

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.

Modern Orthodox Dropouts

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 24, 2012
There has been a lot of discussion about young people abandoning Mitzvah observance (going off the derech) over the past few years. A lot of that discussion took place here. Indeed it has been declared a crisis by some. The focus of this issue in the religious media has been primarily in the Charedi world. Many theories have emerged as to why children go OTD. Among them: being sexually abused and the negative reactions to it by family and community, dysfunctional family situations, faulty educational environments, teachers unprepared to deal with questions of faith, or being overly sheltered from the world so that rebellion occurs when they are exposed to it unprepared.

Homosexuality and Going OTD

10 Av 5772 – July 29, 2012
We all sin. But not all of us sin the same way. By being so repulsed by people who have same sex attractions, we end up turning these people away - leaving them with a feeling of abandonment and being hated by their fellow Jews. Jews who are otherwise decent people. When decent society rejects you... how are you supposed to feel?!

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