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Can You Cry ‘Heresy’ in a Crowded Beit Midrash?

Why does a opinion in the Talmud say the last verses in Devarim were not written by Moses? Was it the easiest solution to a very obvious problem?

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.

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.

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.

Privacy and Government Snooping in Jewish Law

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

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.

Ruminations on Meditation

Many great Jewish thinkers have described Jewish prayer as a form of meditation.

My Favorite Nelson Mandela Quote

The world lost a great man last week.

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 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.

New Republic Article on Feminism from Zion Is All About the Stakes

The article argues that while naturally aligned with their fellow orthodox Jews, women from the modern orthodox community in Israel are finding themselves aligned with secular feminists.

Will the Real Haredi Feminists Please Stand Up?

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

Don’t Believe Everything They Say About Us

Human nature is such that hearing something over and over again for forty years will inevitably have an impact on the person.

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

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

The Proper Response to the ASA Boycott of Israel

What data was the ASA using to justify its boycott?

Abuse in New Square

This kid gets a medal for coming forward.

A Call to End Anti-Chasid Bigotry

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

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 People Are Looking for Answers

A rabbi who writes controversial things becomes international news.

Educating about Abuse without Stigmatizing Victims

Organic dating has its own set of problems that the shidduch system can help avoid.

On the Shoulders of (Imperfect) Giants

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

Ami Magazine Forcing Gilgulim Down our Throats

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

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