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The Insidiousness and Laziness of Guilt by Association

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

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.

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.

The People Are Looking for Answers

A rabbi who writes controversial things becomes international news.

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.

Will the Real Haredi Feminists Please Stand Up?

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

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.

Modesty Messages from a Mormon

Mormons are expected to be chaste in every possible way and this can be particularly difficult for young men.

Defenders and Benders of Roles for Genders

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

Let’s Call Them Modern Chasidim

The problem is that Tuna Beigel is a pejorative.

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.

The Difference Between Superstition and Ritual

Much of what all religions teach is magical. If one does not believe in God, then we would rightly call it all superstition.

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.

Life is in Its Struggles: Dealing with the Tough Questions

When the "offensive" statements in our Talmud were stated, no one thought they were offensive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The State of the Jew According to Pew

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

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?

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

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.”

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.

Was Assimilation the True Enemy of the Maccabees?

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

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.

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