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Dusty Windows (Part Five)

8 Iyyar 5774 – May 7, 2014
Painful stories of non-observant Jews mocking and attacking their religion and their religious brethren were all too commonplace.

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.

Was ‘Internet Ban’ an Authoritative Decree of Torah Sages, or Just...

3 Heshvan 5773 – October 18, 2012
OK. The title is a bit extreme. But at least I have your attention. Last May - one will recall – there was a giant Asifa – a gathering of tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews dealing with the dangers of the internet. Although it was billed as a way to properly use the internet, it was ultimately about trashing it and forbidding its use altogether accept for livelihood purposes. And even then - only with filters and only outside the house.

4th of July – Gut Yom Tov!

14 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
Yesterday, in what smacks of a Middle Age witch hunt and blood libel, I was ridiculed and attacked by two supposedly liberal Jewish bloggers. This is all the more interesting since their attack on me falls on the 4th of July, which for them is a cherished holy day, honoring the American principles of equality, pluralism, and freedom of speech, which obviously don’t apply to “idiot lunatic Zionists” like me who disagree with their leftist, anti-Torah opinions.

Is A Name Just A Name?

28 Tevet 5772 – January 22, 2012
Shemos B’nei Yisroel began last week’s parsha – these are the names of the children of Yisroel.

Learning The Hard Way (Part I)

13 Iyyar 5766 – May 10, 2006
In my previous column I wrote about an ehrlich young man (who does not live in New York) who was a college educated earner with an excellent income (his wife won't have to work if she so chooses) who learned in his spare time but was having a hard time getting an in-town shidduch because most of the girls wanted full-time learners.

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