The Mess They Leave Behind

I hope these Breslover Chasidim got what they wanted out of this visit… and that it was worth the Chilul HaShem it ended up making.

Dissenting View from Haredi Insider

"I experienced first-hand many of the disastrous results of Yeshivish social-engineering."

Insularity or Engagement?

Many of my critics ask me why I don’t focus on the problems in the Modern Orthodox community.

Saying Kaddish for Open Orthodoxy

No legitimate Orthodox body in the States or Israel accepts "Open Orthodoxy." They went too far.

Well Intentioned, but Wrong to Condone Homosexuality

Making gay marriage not just value neutral but something positive. It is in effect koshering a forbidden lifestyle.

Lapid Concedes: Haredim Have Won (Video)

Lapid is a patriot who is both honest and who has a clear vision for the future. A vision that is inclusive of all!

The Fallacy and Destructiveness of Stereotyping

I think we should all just step back from our prejudices about those outside our camp, and see the world for what it really is a collection of human beings whose character ranges in the same ratio with respect to the entire spectrum of ethics, honesty, and kindness.

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.

Jonathan Rosenblum’s Hit Piece on Dov Lipman and the RCA

One of the arguments Jonathan makes is that we here in the United States ought to ‘not mix in’ to the issues affecting Charedim in Israel.

The Funeral that Killed Someone

Just like the shoppers on Black Friday those attending Rav Wosner's funeral were oblivious to others

The Demise of Conservative Judaism

For me, Conservative Judaism is not the answer to the future of Judaism.

No Such Thing as Peace at Any Price

Unfortunately it really doesn’t matter what the common Muslim wants. Fanatic religious fervor trumps it all.

Can Jews Unite Even When There Is No Tragedy?

Radical Islam is an idea, not an organization. It is the enemy, not terrorism.

Of Davenning, and OTD (Off the Derech)

Being frum today is an upper-middle-class pursuit.

Religious Zionists Are Amalek? Just Shoot Me Now!

The rhetoric that has accompanied the proposed legislation to subject Charedim the draft seems to be bordering on hysteria.

Jewish Education and Jewish Philanthropy

Imperative to get world's Jewish billionaires to support Jewish education like their other projects

The Wrong Stuff – Focusing on Minutiae

It seems like now more than ever Frumkeit has replaced sincerity as the primary focus of the right.

The Hair Covering Conundrum

Often wig wearers become more attractive after marriage. Doesn't this turn the intent on its head?

Emes Ve-Emunah: A Disappointing Dialogue

The average Israeli may not fulfill all mitzvos but shops at the mitzvah "store" regularly

Motives…

Pashkevil: "Come out today and battle the Zionist Amalek and all the traitors in Nahal Haredi..."

Touching the Opposite Sex

'Shomer negiah,' the halachic bar on physical contact with the opposite sex, is wrongly treated by many as a Chumra that many do not observe.

Making a Horse Look Like an Elephant

I believe that Partnership Minyanim are sourced in a culture that is foreign to Judaism - the radical feminist ideal of equating the sexes in all areas of life. In Orthodoxy that idea is doomed to failure. The mere fact that women can never be counted towards constituting a Minyan means that equality can never be fully achieved in the sense that feminism requires it. Even if there are a hundred women and 9 men, there is no Minyan.

Who is Alex Clare? And Why Do I care?

Who is Alex Clare? He is a British pop singer with a top ten single entitled Too Close. He is the ex-boyfriend of Amy Winehouse. And he is an observant Jew. How - one might ask - does an Orthodox Jew hook up with someone like Amy Whitehouse, a mega popular Grammy award winning Jewish singer who was anything but observant? And who had a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse that eventually caused her death?

Extremism in Defense of Tznius

One measure for living a "normal" life is Halacha, and the other is societal standards.

Should IDF Soldiers Receive Lashes as Punishment for Forced Draft?

I’m sure this is an empty threat. No one is going to get lashes. It is just a scare tactic. Or is it?

Credible Suspicion

Those of us familiar with the do's and don'ts of accepted practice in the mental health profession saw similar blaring warning lights in our minds, as should have occurred when the facts were made public regarding the accusations against Nehemia Weberman. This case may very well be our community’s most important abuse trial during our lifetimes. It is imperative that we have a huge turnout in support of the victim, a courageous young lady who, may she be gezunt andge’bentched, is determined to see this through to the end so others won't suffer like she did.

Transparency and the Honor of the Rabbinate

The RCA stated their review will add protection for the convert and not tamper with Halacha.

The Billion Dollar Question: Can Yeshiva University Survive?

It would be tragic beyond all proportion if Yeshiva University were to fold. I don’t think that is going to happen.

Can This be True?

Rabbi Metzger denies everything. I hope that’s true.

Crossing a Line

Judaism is not only about doing the Mitzvos. It is also a belief system.

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