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  • Fear and Loathing in Beit Shemesh

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 1, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Rape is not about sex, it’s about violence.  So too Orthodox Jewish men attacking little Orthodox Jewish girls in Beit Shemesh because they were wearing short sleeves this past week was not, God forbid about tzniut, the Jewish notion of modesty (the perpetrated acts were of course... read on

  • The Ultra Orthodox Demographic Challenge - and How Annexation of the West Bank Solves the Problem

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    December 29, 2011 | 9:21 am

    The Real Demographic Threat in Israel: Ultra-Orthodox taking over the Knesset
    Anyone who reads this blog is almost certainly horrified by the violence, hatred and downright nastiness of the Ultra-Orthodox terrorists who are so cowardly that they are trying to intimidate the Dati... read on

  • Some Good Writing on Chanukah - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    December 23, 2011 | 9:31 am

    Some Good Writing on Chanukah – Barry Gelman
    Here are two links to interesting articles on Chanukah.

    1. This article expresses a position I have taken in my work with Christian Zionists. My work with Christian Zionists has been extraordinarily rewarding and fulfilling. However, I... read on

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  • Cellphones and Driving: A Halachik Perspective

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 14, 2011 | 8:54 am

    This post originally appeared in August of 2009, but has become only more urgent since then. At the time I wrote it as “a prayer for the full and speedy recovery of Margalit bat Miriam, who was struck and thrown from her wheelchair by a driver who did not see that the light had... read on

  • A Hanukkah irony

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    December 13, 2011 | 10:24 pm

    Hanukkah today is a holiday of great irony. Though not a Biblical holiday, and certainly not Judaism’s most essential holiday, Hanukkah has taken on an exaggerated importance in America, due I think, to its calandrical proximity with one of Christianity’s most important festivals.... read on

  • No Apologies.  Just True Torah, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    December 8, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    In the past few months, forces have made my good friend and inspiration, Rav Hyim Shafner, apologize for several things he has said.  I do not begrudge him those apologies, if it helps him navigate the political world we live in.  But I do want to set the record straight:

    1) If a... read on

  • Supporting Progress in Israel

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 8, 2011 | 11:00 am

    At the request of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), we are happy to disseminate the following IRF statement concerning the current struggle over who may perform weddings in Israel.  For the last month, Israel’s ministry for Religious Services, controlled by the Shas... read on

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