Friday, June 23, 2017

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Haven’t Felt the Same Since

Twenty years ago on a Shabbos afternoon, my home phone started ringing. We did not have caller ID back then, but it was highly unusual that the phone rang with almost annoying regularity. We were living in Southfield, a Detroit suburb, on November, 4, 1995.

I was going to be covering an evening Book Fair

Chabad of Riverdale to Offer Free Relationship Workshop

The Chabad of Riverdale will be hosting a relationship workshop on Saturday evening, October 31 at 8:30 p.m. Men and women are welcome to hear presenter Rivki Rosenwald, a couples and dating coach and a life-skills advisor, talk about marriages that last a lifetime.

The event is sponsored by the

The International Beit Din Controversy: A Statement and a Proposal

The decisions of the International Beit Din for Agunot (IBD) have generated powerful rabbinic critiques and countervailing declarations of unconditional support. Because the freedom of specific women is in dispute, and because the line of engagement runs roughly along the RIETS/YCT border, we cannot afford to dismiss these disagreements as

A Different Sukkot Message

As we prepare for Sukkot, we understand that part of the symbolism of our sukkahs is the fragility of life, and knowing that, we can look upward and see the night stars while we enjoy a holiday meal with friends and family.

Underneath those same stars we are witnessing what cannot be considered anything

Why Can’t We Argue Civilly?

Orthodox Judaism emphasizes Talmud study. Some people love the analysis-and-debate format of the Talmud but other people prefer studying the final decisions of the Talmud. They don’t enjoy the argument and discussion in the Talmud, and they most certainly do not love the layer upon layer of subsequent debate about the arguments in the

Does the Pending Deal with Iran Prevent Another 9/11 or Enable It?

It was not so long ago that Federal District Court Judge Daniels ruled Iran, including the Ayatollah Khomeini, was responsible for the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.

The historic ruling was entered, on December 22, 2011, in the Havlish case, brought by family members and legal representatives of victims of

We Must Fight BDS in the Name of Human Rights

Note: Following Rabbi Sacks’s contributions at last week’s Herzliya Conference, The Jerusalem Post published an article on Friday in which he outlined his perspectives on the growing threats posed by the BDS movement.

 

There is a

Obama Preaches to the Choir

President Barack Obama addressed a Jewish group last Friday as part of Jewish American Heritage Month. Adas Israel, a Conservative congregation located in Northwest Washington, D.C. became the sanctuary for only the fourth presidential address in a synagogue in American history.

The President told the

Shavuot on Memorial Day

There is a huge difference between taking off for Jewish holidays and living in a country where Jewish holidays are state holidays. Shavuot is an excellent example of this. Outside of Israel, you have to be a very committed Jew to take off from work for this holiday. Inevitably you have to face a co-worker who publicly tells you: “I’m Jewish and I’ve never heard

Why Be Jewish?

Intermarriage is shrinking the Jewish community. Every survey and sign over the past several decades has told the same story: we are shrinking through addition. Jews are intermarrying at huge rates for a simple yet devastating reason—they do not see Judaism as their all-encompassing way of life. Intermarriage is a symptom of religious

Religious Dogma of Palestinian Statehood

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remark about the dangers of a Palestinian state has sent advocates of Palestinian statehood into a rage so hysterical that you would think he had questioned somebody’s sacred religious beliefs.

On second thought, maybe he did. The Palestinian statehood crowd has

Hate Crimes: US Lynches the Facts

Which racial or religious “hate crimes” do you choose to identify? And which do you not? That is a question with which the US government and wider society seem to be struggling. In the process, they are revealing far more about their own worldview than they can possibly intend.

Since the

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