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Every Day Is Graduation Day!

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 28, 2012
On the 43rd day of the Omer I asked a child how many days there were to go. He immediately answered that 37 days remained. In response to my inquiry about his calculations, he excitedly announced that there were 37 days left to the school year! While all of us--he included--were counting down to the monumental day of receiving the Torah, he was also counting the days until he would be absolved of learning the very same Torah in the formal school environment!

Talking to a (Man on a) Horse

17 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
   יְהִי-דָן נָחָשׁ עֲלֵי-דֶרֶךְ שְׁפִיפֹן עֲלֵי אֹרַח הַנּשֵׁךְ עִקְּבֵי-סוּס וַיִּפֹּל רֹכְבוֹ אָחוֹר Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path,...

Q & A: Internet Filters For The Orthodox Jew

12 Sivan 5772 – June 1, 2012
In light of all the attention that the recent Internet Asifa garnered, we thought it wise to offer this analysis on the subject by Rabbi Gil Student, founder of TorahMusings.com and former managing editor of OU Publications.

Surfing the Asifah, Now That’s a Roundup

29 Iyyar 5772 – May 21, 2012
Every opening to the outside world is a calculated risk. Every time we open a window we chance being shocked by something vile. Every...

Louis C.K. – Not a Jew

28 Iyyar 5772 – May 20, 2012
One of the main things I’ve learned about the differences between Jews and non-Jews (namely Christians) is that non-Jews place a great deal of importance on how you feel, what you believe, your intentions, your inner motivations for being good. By contrast, according my friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Jews “care far less about what you believe. What you do is more important.”

Suspended For Being Too Jewish?

23 Iyyar 5772 – May 15, 2012
My earliest thought of Judaism came in Catholic school, when I cussed out my grade three teacher for being an anti-Semite. I was no Biblical expert at the age of nine, but even my cursory understanding of the Bible told me that Christians had a heck of a lot in common with Jews.

Premature Jew – Bashing

15 Iyyar 5772 – May 7, 2012
I was Jew-bashed, and almost killed, before I had my first thought of becoming a Jew.

Rubin Reports: Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan – An Anti-Radical Liberal Who Saw the Unfortunate...

2 Iyyar 5772 – April 23, 2012
Moynihan was one of the first people to try to deal with the lurch leftward of the liberal and Democratic streams that is now so dangerously dominant in America.

We’re All Feiglinists, Especially Feiglin

On Saturday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak mocked two Likud ministers who criticized his plan to demolish Ulpana Hill, saying they caught "a severe case of ‘Feiglinism.’” Then, one after another, Likud MKs paid homage to the new term and congratulated Moshe Feiglin on his tenacity in upholding the principles of Feiglinism.

Two New Books on Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

24 Nisan 5772 – April 15, 2012
The OU Press has brought out two very significant books on the thought of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

An Unseemly Hour

28 Adar 5772 – March 21, 2012
It’s my first moment of wakefulness, and I’m chilled to the bone. Pull the covers over myself, I’m thinking, while I decide to roll over to look at the clock. It’s 5:30 a.m. and I’m exhausted. But attending morning minyan – even once – is the least I can do.

Frum Fairytales: The Alternative To ‘Princess And The Pea’

8 Adar 5772 – March 1, 2012
There once was a man named Shloime, and he was a Jewish Prince. Or so his mother thought of him, and not many others did, though he was a nice guy and all...

An Estate Tax in Israel?

5 Adar 5772 – February 28, 2012
Is an Estate Tax in Israel in the works? 30 years ago they tried, but it never took off. Will the new socio-political atmosphere make it possible?

Shidduch Challenges: Where Is Your Soul Mate?

23 Shevat 5772 – February 15, 2012
In this concluding column I would like to focus on the big question so many have asked: Since our faith teaches that every person has a soul mate – bashert – designated by Heaven, how is it that so many cannot find their partners?

Shidduch Challenges – How To Find The Right One

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Several weeks ago, in response to a letter from by a young woman in her thirties who wrote of the painful plight of singles, I wrote a column that has since mushroomed into a series of articles.

Perfect

14 Shevat 5772 – February 7, 2012
Daven brachos. I hardly knew where the thought came from. I was lying in bed, so weak I could not move, too tired to contemplate getting up. But it's better to say brachos lying down then not to say them at all.

As A Friend

7 Shevat 5772 – January 30, 2012
Beads of sweat were forming on my hand as I held the warm phone and listened to the rings one by one. RING… I tried staying calm as I waiting for the answer. RING… I looked down at the phone. My finger makes its way to the red button on the right. Should I just press end? RING…

Miami Emunah Chapter Presents: Our Law And Order

9 Kislev 5772 – December 5, 2011
Miami Chapter of Emunah of America will be holding a delightful thought-provoking evening on Saturday evening, December 10.

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