Can we hear the agony in his words? Can we step into his shoes and experience his torment?
There is standing prohibition in Jewish law against sharing anything revealed in private conversation.
The proper response for almost the entire population of planet Earth to these eternal questions about man-made meat is “I am not qualified to render an opinion on this matter.”
When we are dealing in non-legal matters, we are no longer concerned with precedent.
A kashrus agency should be concerned with one thing and one thing only: the kosher status of our food.
People act not because they think it’s right; they do what they do because it’s what they want to do
Spontaneity and quirkiness have their place but a sermon is neither the time nor place for either of those.
The NY Times has a very (appropriately) one-sided article on the Baruch Lebovits and Sam Kellner situation.
For some, guilt by association is actual guilt. For these people, who you know and with whom you associate determine your credibility.
This kid gets a medal for coming forward.
It is unfair to judge a 52 year old man with the glasses of a person who lives in a different world.
Organic dating has its own set of problems that the shidduch system can help avoid.
Historians currently assume the Bible was written between 720 BCE and 587 BCE, between the destruction of the Northern Kingdom and the destruction of Jerusalem.
Very few middle aged and older people consider themselves ultra-orthodox. It’s a youth movement.
This kind of stringency borders on silliness.
People were literally saying that a chasid cannot write so well. It’s impossible they claimed.
For deviating from the orthodox scientific position, Nagel has been abused, maligned, outcast, and insulted.
There is no real theological reason that tznius be heavily codified in Jewish law while other areas of our lives that require modesty are left to our whims and desires.
What do we do when we want to be mad at God but we also want God to make it all better? Indeed, what do we do?
Many great Jewish thinkers have described Jewish prayer as a form of meditation.
Megilas Taanis simply proclaims the 25th of Kislev a holiday and it is forbidden to mourn for 8 days. The text does not give a reason for the celebration.
Fact checking leadership means asking tough questions.
Both communities value using books to study their texts, and digital devices are a less preferable way for younger people to study.
Boys can play with dolls. Men can embrace their feminine side. Girls can play sports.
A rabbi who writes controversial things becomes international news.