Jewish Journal

Rabbi Avi Shafran

  • Shunning of Wigs Exposes Media Flaw

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The media had a grand time recently when tens of thousands of Jewish women stopped wearing their wigs out of concern that they might contain hair that had been offered to an idol. The more revealing story, though, lay not in the deep dedication to the Second Commandment but in the...

  • Seek the Right Motivation for Fetes

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Meet Lorne Hughes, a young non-Jewish gentleman from the Virgin Islands clad in a form-fitting black outfit, who "regularly spends his weekends dancing with 13-year-olds at bar mitzvahs," according to an article that appeared in The New York Times on May 30, 2003.

    The report was...

  • Ethics and Ironies

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    At least Ann Landers admitted when she was wrong.

    And while she may have used a pseudonym, Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer claimed only to offer one woman's point of view -- no more, no less.

    Times, alas, have changed, and along with them, The New York Times, whose Sunday Magazine's...

  • Dissembling Before G-d

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodox Jewish homosexuals are the subject of a documentary film that achieved darlinghood at a number of film festivals over the past year and has now been similarly well-received at its New York debut. Many audiences and reviewers have found "Trembling Before G-d's" portrayal of...

  • Unity Holiday

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot, one of the trio of Jewish pilgrimage festivals that includes Passover and Sukkot, tends to get short shrift from most American Jews. Coming mere weeks after the Passover seders, perhaps the first-fruits festival simply finds many folks holidayed out. Or maybe it's because...

  • Common Sense and Common Ground

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    If one didn't know better (and many, unfortunately, don't), one might have thought that the new millennium had dawned 11 months early, and had heralded an entirely unexpected second coming in Israel -- that of Jim Crow, with non-Orthodox Jews as his victims.

    Knesset member Yossi Sarid...

  • Will the Real Orthodox Please Stand Up?

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The fracas this past Shavuot at the Western Wall, in which a group of Conservative worshippers became the target of epithets and projectiles cast by a group of out-of-control Orthodox Jews, prompted a number of non-Orthodox leaders to hurl some words of their own.

    Rabbi Arthur Waskow,...