Monthly Archives: July 2013

Nomorethodoxy: Lopatin, YCT, and Crossing the Line

The question of what makes someone Jewish really consists of two separate issues: biological descent and self concept. Self concept is the basic set of ideas that distinguish Judaism as a unique belief system and Jews as a unique nation. … Continue reading

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Farber’s Folly

Not everything that you think needs to be said and not everything you’d like to say should be put in print, or blogged for that matter.  Unfortunately, not following this rule can have very negative consequences for the writer and … Continue reading

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Tu B’Av-A JVO Question

Question: What is Tu b’Av? Do we celebrate it today? What is the significance of the day? Answer: There are two days on the Jewish calendar that were considered the most joyous among the Jews of the Temple period: Tu B’Av … Continue reading

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The Haredi/MO Divide-Tisha B’Av 2013

The past few weeks have been major embarrassments for the Jewish community and absolutely fitting with the time period.  Most recently, it is the inflammatory statements made first by Rav Ovadia Yosef and then by Rav Shalom Cohen that have … Continue reading

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Hitchens Doesn’t Understand Jews

Poor Hitchens. He didn’t find out he was Jewish until it was very late for him to actually find out what that meant. Didn’t stop him from writing like he did know. A critique of G-d is not Great.

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The Essence of Tolerance

People misuse the word tolerance all of the time. Laying the claim of “intolerance” is a way of pressuring people to accept things they don’t, or shouldn’t. This is what tolerance really means.      

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The Melting Pot or Stirring the Pot?

I can certainly appreciate where Rev. Weldon McWilliams IV is coming from as far as his desire to see harmony in his community.  I can understand also where he might feel a tension with the growing Hasidic community in East Ramapo … Continue reading

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