Despite some of my early negative observations - it still seemed like there was a tremendous sense of Achdus in many respects. The Shul I davened at was very Charedi and yet a great number of regular attendees there are Dati Leumi - Kipa Seruga, no jacket or hat. Even an occasional Israeli solider in full uniform can be found catching a Minyan there. All are welcome.
The mysticism of Sephardim and Chasidus seems to be making in-roads. Especially with mainstream rabbinic figures supporting it. I sure hope this is only a passing fad.
The problem in much of Charedi education is insisting ALL young men should strive to be THE Gadol.
When journalists question why a black woman won a beauty contest - even if it is disguised as referring only to this particular black woman - I think that is sad.
Somehow, even though it should be obvious to them that the U.S. is different, they have retained the mindset that it’s OK to cheat “the Goyim” - if they can get away with it. And that is what causes the kind of Chilul HaShem that is happening here. And when the criminal is someone who is otherwise a good person, the Chilul HaShem is even greater.
I always wonder how women wearing the Niqab, a veil that covers up the entire face except for a slit at eye level, take ID photos, eat-DRIVE?
Since being sexually attacked in Egypt, journalist Lara Logan now seems to recognizes that the real problems of the Middle East are not caused by the here and now of Palestinian suffering. My reaction to this story is to say to Ms. Logan, “Welcome aboard.” “We could use a few more reporters like you.”
Israeli's are a religious people; even secular Jews believe that God is active in this world.
The extreme emphasis on tznius (modesty) has even led to husbands and wives being buried in separate locations.
A Rosh Yeshiva guessed 60% of bochurim in Israel's yeshiva system belong there only 3-4 yrs post HS
In its most recent edition, Ami Magazine has accused Professor Samuel Heilman - a distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College of hating Charedim. I am all too familiar with accusations like this as I am often accused of being a Charedi hater myself. But the truth is that neither I nor Professor Heilman are such a thing.
There is no reason why Haredim should continue to be the single biggest and fastest growing welfare demographic in all of Israel.
Haredi rabbinical leaders see the Czarist conscription now in Israel's draft.
Let me emphasize that it is not me indicting Lakewood. It is coming from a Charedi Musmach.
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, the former president of the Union of Reform Judaism, has argued that the reform movement should look to Orthodox Judaism for guidance. Harry Maryles argues that this provides an important kiruv opportunity.
Halacha forbids physical contact between the sexes.
When it comes to Metzitza B’Peh, we are not discussing a Biblical Commandment, nor are we referring to a Rabbinical enactment from the Gemarah's time. We are referring to a hallowed Minhag from days of yore to use the mouth only.
There was a time when Gedolei Torah knew what they knew and knew what they didn’t know.
Despite the criticisms, Haredi society has positives that should be recognized.
Charedi poverty cannot be solved by only changing the system from one of learning to one of working
There are always people who in cases like this will cast the victim as a provocateur.
I do not envy Chief Rabbi Elect, Ephraim Mirvis. Lord Sacks’ shoes will be hard to fill.
[vimeo 7441722 w=250 h=187] צאנז 111 from bhol on Vimeo. Not being a Chasid of his (or Chasid of any kind) I don’t really know much...
It is time to let Rabbi Lipman speak for himself and explain what he is doing and why.
Unless he at some minimal level wants to try and go back "On the Derech" the parent will not love them.