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Who’s a Pew

Jewish identity has been an issue in the Jewish community at least since the beginning of the Common Era, and perhaps even before.

The Secret of Orthodoxy’s Success

Yiddish words are increasingly seeping into the English language.

Jihad Tourism

Jihad, a holy war against the infidel, is the personal duty of every Muslim, and if he does not wage it, he will die as a religious hypocrite.

Torah & Norman Solomon

The idea that all of the Torah was given to Moses on Sinai is complex, rife with textual, historical, and philosophical problems.

Go East

Muslims of the Far East see the Arab jihadis of the Middle East in much the same way that non-Orthodox Jews view Charedim.

France: “Secularism Charter” in Every School

"The Left has singularly lacked courage in the difficult fight to defend secularism."

Abusing Clout

When Chassidim make a request to a government official, he pays attention.

Kosher Slaughter Ban Shows Poland Has a Jewish Problem

Thirty-eight Sejm members representing Tusk’s ruling Civic Platform party joined with the opposition in voting to outlaw ritual slaughter.

Haredi Settlers Push Back: Rebbe’s Dad Was Pro-Settlements

When it came to comparisons with the Third Reich, it appears the first Klausenburger Rebbe had his priorities straight.

When Good Children Go OTD

I know families with an OTD child that are very right wing, moderate Charedi, and right wing Modern Orthodox.

What Does It Mean to Be Jewish?

Divine affirmation is the foundation of Judaism. Everything else comes after.

Guilty: Rabbi Motti Elon Convicted of Sexual Assault

"Any attempt to argue as if I ever admitted such an act is a despicable lie," was Rabbi Elon's initial response to the allegations.

Will Observant Judaism of the Future Look Like Satmar?

They live in a world apart from the rest of observant Jewry.

Chief Rabbis & Politics

But surely, you will say, Judaism requires one to respect one’s religious leaders. In theory this is so.

Two Arabs Caught Vandalizing Tomb of the Patriarchs

The two were recorded on security cameras as they were ripping a Mezuzah off the wall

R. Lau to Submit Conversion Rulings to Haredi Review in Backroom Deal

Rabbi David Lau committed to consulting with "giur breaker" Rabbi Sherman before any consultation on conversions.

Two Religious Girls Box-Kick Their Way to World Champions (video)

The IDF gets a new weapon next year. Meet Baltimore-born Nili Block and Mumbai convert Sarah Avraham, both of them religious and the new world champs in Thailand-style kick-boxing.

Is Hatred for Haredim Due to Media Bias?

The record number of kipa-wearing Jews in the new Knesset surely shows that secular Jews do not really hate religious Jews.

A Soldier Remembered in His ‘Letters to Talia’

Everything Dov Indig, killed in action during the Yom Kippur War, said about the secular kibbutz movement has happened.

Lapid Concedes: Haredim Have Won (Video)

Lapid is a patriot who is both honest and who has a clear vision for the future. A vision that is inclusive of all!

Inspiring Our Youth and the Search for Meaning

Among the many things Judaism can do for you is to give meaning to your life.

Does the Very Air in Israel Make One Wise?

I don’t know what is in the air in Israel that makes some people think that they are doing the right thing by God in sticking knives into the heads of their opponents.

“You Killed Jesus” Scrawled on Miami Menorah

A large menorah covered in seashells and used to spread the light of Hanukkah at Miami Beach was vandalized on Sunday, scrawled with black graffiti stating “You Killed Jesus”.

Touching the Opposite Sex

'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.

Two Years Ago – Two Very Special People

I have not done this before. I have never memorialized two of the closest people to me in one article. I gave it a lot of thought, and it is not just because they died within hours of each other two years ago that I decided to do this. It is also because there was a tremendous connection between them, and as I thought of each one I was overwhelmed by the similarities.

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