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    Why Do We Celebrate Chanukah?

    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.

    Creative License When Interpreting the Bible

    When we are dealing in non-legal matters, we are no longer concerned with precedent.

    How Far Will Gershonides Go to Avoid Mystical Interpretations?

    In short, he says the whole thing was a prophetic vision, a dream. There was no physical battle.

    We Are Not Under Attack By the LGBT Community

    Orthodox Jews are free to teach Leviticus and we are free to deny any religious rights and privileges to anyone we so choose.

    When a Heretic Speak Heresy Against Heretics

    For deviating from the orthodox scientific position, Nagel has been abused, maligned, outcast, and insulted.

    Wisdom from a Venice Beach Vagabond

    He told me that according to a Muslim poet, children do not truly belong to their parents. Instead, parents are the vessel through which children flow into the world.

    A Call to End Anti-Chasid Bigotry

    People were literally saying that a chasid cannot write so well. It’s impossible they claimed.

    Was Assimilation the True Enemy of the Maccabees?

    If the Syrian-Greeks were not pushed out of the land, Judaism would have been lost.

    Mozilla: ‘Judge Not Your Fellow Until You Have Stood In His Place’

    It is unfair to judge a 52 year old man with the glasses of a person who lives in a different world.

    The People Are Looking for Answers

    A rabbi who writes controversial things becomes international news.

    Torah M’Sinai According to Professor Tamar Ross

    The revelation continues as the world progressed and however the Torah was emended or edited after Sinai was part of revelation.

    The False Flag of False Accusations in Sex Abuse Cases

    The NY Times has a very (appropriately) one-sided article on the Baruch Lebovits and Sam Kellner situation.

    Modern Racism

    Categorizing all black people as one large group where the acts of one black person in Florida somehow tell us something about a different black person in Seattle is racist.

    Will the Real Haredi Feminists Please Stand Up?

    Ruth Colian is running as a Haredi woman for political office.

    Why Do People Leave Orthodox Judaism? Why Do People Stay?

    People act not because they think it’s right; they do what they do because it’s what they want to do

    My Appearance with Rabbi Shafran on ‘Talkline with Zev Brenner’

    The gist of Rabbi Shafran’s argument was that Rabbi Sacks was criticizing a legitimate form of orthodox Judaism and was doing so from a place of ignorance.

    Abuse in New Square

    This kid gets a medal for coming forward.

    We Are Going in the Wrong Direction

    For some, guilt by association is actual guilt. For these people, who you know and with whom you associate determine your credibility.

    Can One Be a Shomer Torah u’Mitzvos and Accept Bible Criticism?

    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.

    The Morality of Accepting Charity from Immoral People

    Rambam would also allow charity from a mumar as long as the person maintains basic belief in God and Judaism.

    Ami Magazine Forcing Gilgulim Down our Throats

    Trying to explain Holocaust deaths as tikkun and a way of cleansing a soul is offensive.

    The Insidiousness and Laziness of Guilt by Association

    Adegbile was not making a moral statement by representing a man convicted of killing a cop.

    What’s Wrong With the Star-K Kosher Phone?

    A kashrus agency should be concerned with one thing and one thing only: the kosher status of our food.

    Monsey Kosher Market ‘Integration’ Great Idea, Terrible Execution (Video)

    It’s really not that different than the situation in Israel with the charedim. Both situations need insiders to make the change happen.

    My Favorite Nelson Mandela Quote

    The world lost a great man last week.

    Privacy and Government Snooping in Jewish Law

    There is standing prohibition in Jewish law against sharing anything revealed in private conversation.

    Why Do Rabbis Make Jokes at Serious Times?

    It’s even more strange when the jokes come at our holiest times of the year.

    The Challenge of Modesty

    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.

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