Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Kitniot Controversy

Every year during the Pesach (Passover) season the religious community engages in the same back-and-forth over the issue of kitniot, a custom to refrain from legumes and foods that are similar to grain observed by all Ashkenazim and to lesser … Continue reading

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Noah-The Review

There’s no question by the producers’ own admission that they took liberties with the Noah narrative in the new movie. My critique. Continue reading

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The Unholy Mix of Leftism, Zionism, and Judaism @Israellycool

For anyone who has been following the Open Orthodox drama in America, they are already aware of the many controversies members of their movement have been involved with. Charges leveled against them include undermining Jewish law, disrespecting Torah scholars, and defaming the Orthodox … Continue reading

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What the Right and Left Can Learn From Each Other-Times of Israel Piece

The situation has gotten quite ugly between the “ultra orthodox” and “open orthodox” movements. There seems to be no middle ground for discussion between the two groups. The far right has dismissed open orthodoxy as heresy and won’t even dialogue with the … Continue reading

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Hegg of a Conversation Part 3

I’m happy to see Mr. Hegg and I are starting to see eye-to-eye and he was willing to concede to my first three points, but clearly there’s a point of departure due to our differing understandings of how the Bible … Continue reading

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Hegg of a Conversation Part 2

I thank Mr. Hegg once again for his willingness to dialogue, but I’d like to address a few points because I don’t feel my major complaint was addressed.  Even worse, I would argue that he doubled down on the issue … Continue reading

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“Shalom” Walks All Over Our Semichot

Receiving semicha at RIETS was a long road for me.  I took 3 1/2 years of Hebrew in college and left the working world to attend a BT yeshiva in Israel.  Being accepted to the RIETS semicha program was a … Continue reading

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A Non-Believer Not Feeling the Love

You never know how an off-handed comment is going to be taken by someone it wasn’t addressed to.  You also don’t know who’s going to be seeing it if you put it out in the twittersphere: @calebhegg why do you … Continue reading

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Open Letter to the President of Brooklyn College

Dear President Gould: I’m sure by now you are aware of the event on Thursday March 6 at SUBO Bedford Lounge where Students for Justice in Palestine have scheduled notorious anti-Zionist blogger Ali Abunimah to speak.  This event coincides with … Continue reading

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