Emes Ve-Emunah: The Promised Land in ‘A Promised Land’

Lipman's critique is limited to Obama’s discussion about Israel. And it is not flattering to say the least. In fact it’s a pretty scathing attack against the former President which might explain some of his policies towards Israel. Especially near the end of his term.

Emes Ve-Emunah: A COVID Thanksgiving

Although we could not attend those weddings, we are so grateful for those blessings.

The Toxic Culture of Sexuality

What is seen in movies and on TV or is heard in song, or reads in books - is all too often emulated by the viewer.

Emes Ve-Emunah: Trump? Or Biden?

While his words and demeanor hand have been the opposite of our ideals, for Orthodox Jews the President’s policies have been more supportive of them than any other President in American history.   

It’s Not His Fault!

My answer is simple. Unless you think all the Europeans responsible for the massive COVID numbers are MAGA people - the facts speak for themselves.

Is Orthodoxy in Danger?

Dn’t believe that Orthodoxy is doomed. We are not all going to have some kind of epiphany and reject our beliefs. Even if our questions and challenges remain unanswered.

The ‘Absolute Morality’ of Liberal Orthodoxy

Liberal Orthodoxy is now the Torah of the left. It is a doctrine that is constantly being heard on campuses all over the land. A philosophy reflected by the media with little to no opposition.

An Unprecedented Orthodox Divide

The pandemic has divided the right wing Yeshiva world even more, in unprecedented ways.

About Last Night…

s Biden the lesser of two evils? Probably. But the lesser of two evils is still evil. I am probably one of the very few voters that has not made up their minds yet

The Loss of a Feminist Icon

She had little in the way of a Jewish education. But at the same time she was proud of her Jewish heritage. She said she was motivated by the Torah’s command of Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof – justice, justice you shall pursue.

Media Bias and Political Partisanship

Media reactions to Trump's speech show that the they have completely lost their credibility.

The Problem with Modern Orthodoxy

How do we educate parents to take their Judaism more seriously and with more enthusiasm so that they can pass that on to their children?

Charedi Bashing

Of course this is not the first time the Charedi world responded to a crisis in order to benefit all of society. (Not just themselves as is often asserted by Charedi critics.) This also happened in Monsey, New York several months ago.

Some Good News in a Year of Bad News

The more Arab states that make peace with Israel, the less support Palestinians will get for holding on to their unrealistic version of a state.

Democracy Under Siege

I am discouraged. Is this the end of America as we know it? ...the America I know and love?

Is Israel and its Police Antisemitic?

Something for both sides to consider especially during the 3 weeks

Racism, Antisemitism, and BLM

To suggest that Orthodox Jews are alone in this country (or at least in Brooklyn as the title of her piece says) is just as false

The Defiant Ones


One Torah – One People

There is not an iota of real difference between the way Torah is studied in the Beis HaMedrash of YU and the way it is studied at any other Yeshiva. It is more than time that Modern Orthodoxy is treated like an equal among equals and given the same prominence they give those to their right.

The Ties That Bind

What unites us as observant Jews is far greater than what divides us. In that spirit I have to say I’m pleased.

Emes Ve-Emunah: Science and Creation – Not a Contradiction

There is no contradiction between scientific theories of evolution and the existence of God who created the universe. Scientific inquiry and study can perhaps determine 'what' happened - and when it happened along evolutionary time. But it cannot determine 'how' it happened.

Ordaining an Openly Gay Jew

What Rabbi Landes has done does damage the institution of the rabbinate. Ordaining a publicly gay man that lives with another gay man is a violation not only of the traditional image of a rabbi - it in effect says that a man who lies with another man as with a woman - a cardinal sin - is nevertheless an acceptable religious leader.

The Injustice of Moral Equivalence

The media coverage is so consistently biased against Israel, I’m surprised that there aren’t more Americans that blame Israel for all that’s wrong in the world.

Poway and Jews in America

The Jewish community has not yet fully recovered from the mass shooting of Jewish worshipers in Pittsburgh and something like this happens. That is enough to traumatize Jews all over America. Should we be worried? Are we re-living 1930s Germany?

Emes Ve-Emunah: A Breathtaking Distortion of Chanukah and Judaism

Chanukah is not a holiday about our violent intolerance of others as Binyamin Zahav seems to suggest. It is a holiday of freedom from anti religious tyranny imposed by a kingdom bent on eradicating our faith and traditions.

Emes Ve-Emunah; Rav Avrohom Chaim Levin, ZTL

Rav Levine was a Gadol. He exemplified the Midah of Emes and he openly stood his ground on principles in which he believed - even when challenged.

Refuting a Rebuttal

There are people on both sides of the ideological aisle that insist that their perspective trumps the other. Those scientists that are not guided by faith will discard everything that science contradicts. Those that insist on the literal interpretation of entirety of the Torah narrative will deny the science no matter how clearly the science is demonstrated as fact.

Emes Ve-Emunah: The Truth about the Gaza Protest

What is Israel supposed to do? Bring their own slingshots and Molotov cocktails?! Of course they are going to protect themselves and the rest of Israel in the most efficient way possible. All while respecting human life.

What Modesty is, and What it Isn’t

Should it take a secular newspaper--the Wall Street Journal-- to give us Musser about what Modesty really means? I really think we need a little self-examination about what motivates our consumerism these days.

Blaming the Wrong People

Admittedly, the optics are bad. Viewing this event out of context does make Israel seem trigger happy. But it is imperative to look at the historical context of this situation and see who is really to blame for the very real suffering of Palestinians living in Gaza.


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