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.

Video Mocking Rabbinic Sermons Was in Bad Taste

Spontaneity and quirkiness have their place but a sermon is neither the time nor place for either of those.

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.

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.

Abuse in New Square

This kid gets a medal for coming forward.

Let’s Call Them Modern Chasidim

The problem is that Tuna Beigel is a pejorative.

When a Heretic Speak Heresy Against Heretics

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

Answering the Most Difficult Question About the Agunah Crisis

Ethical and moral laws in the Torah depend on the context. Kindness and virtue largely depend on the subjective expectations of one’s friends and community.

Can People Live Longer than 120 Years?

The Talmud is making a general statement for which there are more exceptions that situations where the rule applies.

Meeting the Challenge of Tisha B’Av: a Proposal

Can we hear the agony in his words? Can we step into his shoes and experience his torment?

Haredi Censorship of Torah

Certain books are excised from the subscription, in order to reinforce an imaginary history where nothing was inconsistent with Haredi Judaism.

Privacy and Government Snooping in Jewish Law

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

Rabbi Kelemen on Kids Leaving Orthodoxy (I Think He’s Wrong)

Basically, the real problem is bad parenting. He calls it parental selfishness.

On the Shoulders of (Imperfect) Giants

In order to truly appreciate Torah, one must be a master over one’s spirit as well.

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.

What Should We Say On Billboards for God and Judaism?

The Pope is saying that actions are far more important than faith. This is particularly ironic coming from Catholicism.

Women Wearing Tefillin Is Really Not Such a Big Deal

Some people are assuming the intentions of these women are less than perfect, but that’s complete conjecture.

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.

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.

What Kind of Community Needs to Hear this?

Rabbis have to stop dismissing everything that comes from outside the Beis Medrash.

Creative License When Interpreting the Bible

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

Two Different Tracks: Women and Tefillin vs. Women and Torah

Women learning Torah is becoming increasingly permissive, but women wearing tefillin is becoming increasingly stringent.

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.

Man-Made Meat? A fence for Wisdom is Silence

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.”

The State of the Jew According to Pew

Very few middle aged and older people consider themselves ultra-orthodox. It’s a youth movement.

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

The Proper Response to the ASA Boycott of Israel

What data was the ASA using to justify its boycott?

Defenders and Benders of Roles for Genders

Boys can play with dolls. Men can embrace their feminine side. Girls can play sports.

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.

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