Monthly Archives: January 2014

Morality 101

A brief summary of moral thought. One day I’d like to blow this out but for now. Continue reading

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Separation of Church and Shul

R’ Avi Weiss has clearly been emboldened by the recent decision of the Chief Rabbinate to accept his testimony regarding personal status.   While this might not be as big a deal as one might think, the fact that he … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not Place a Burden Between the Eyes-Times of Israel Piece

Not everyone can do everything and just get to do what they want, because the unpleasant things get ignored. As unpopular as gender roles are, they solve a lot of conflict because everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing and there’s no need to discuss, negotiate, or fight about who is supposed to do what. Letting high school girls wear tefillin negates this message. Continue reading

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Frum is not a 4-Letter Word-Time of Israel

I’m very proud to have been recently accepted to blog for Times of Israel, and I want to share my first piece with them here.  Obviously since this is my home and you are all my family.  Ain’t that sweet? … Continue reading

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Unapologetically Superhuman-Parshat Yitro 2014

Almost every anti-Zionist and anti-Semite goes on a diatribe at some point about how Jews think they are better than everyone else.  It doesn’t really matter than most cultures have some form of similar arrogance: the Iroquois believe whites and … Continue reading

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Rabbinic Responsibility and Defending Weiss

Attacking the Chief Rabbinate for questioning R’ Avi Weiss’ credibility is unfair and doing the Jews a major disservice. Defending the Chief Rabbinate and its defenders. Continue reading

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Cultural Artifacts-Parshat Beshalah 2014

While I can’t say throwing in Tori Amos into kaddish is forbidden, it does miss the point a bit. Jewish tradition is the testament to our authenticity. Continue reading

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Innocence Has Been Nullified-Rav Ephraim Greenblatt zt”l

Every gadol, great rabbinic leader, represents some major character trait that when they pass on that particular character trait is somehow damaged.  The Mishnah Sotah 9:15 enumerates a large list of such rabbis such as Ribbi, who was considered the … Continue reading

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Global Warming and Hailstones-Parshat Bo 2014

So I’m not taking the Rush Limbaugh “climategate” position. I’m not a tree-hugging hippy either. I believe we have a responsibility to the planet. I also recognize Who’s running the show. Continue reading

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