Cross-Currents Blog

Checking Out… and Checking In

Dr. David Goodall is no longer with us. The 104-year-old scientist travelled to Switzerland from his home in Australia last week, weary of life and in a wheelchair, but not otherwise disabled or seriously...

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Faith, the Final Frontier

by Brian Keating As a professor of astrophysics, you might be shocked to learn I don’t believe in the law of gravity. I don’t believe in black holes either. I don’t even believe that...

Mutcheh-ing the Mullahs

My Hamodia column this week went to the printer when President Trump was scheduled to issue his Iran Deal decision on Shabbos.  As you know, he changed his mind and announced it earlier.  Below...

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Time to Rethink Tzni’us? – Think Again

There has been much discussion as of late regarding tzni’us (modesty). Whereas the issue of photos of women has occupied most of the discussion, with all Orthodox commenters on the subject accepting the basic parameters of...

A Tale of Two Speeches

I had the honor of making two public presentations in recent days, one to second grade students at the impressive Yeshiva Beth Yehudah in Southfield, Michigan; and the other, to students and members of...

New Articles

Here are three articles of mine that were posted in various publications over the past several weeks: Remembering ‘The Rav’ – Unforgettable 25 Years Later Rabbi Yanklowitz on the State of Israel: He has...

The Lonely Man of Politics

James Comey Jr., the former director of the FBI and author of the new book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” truly stands out from the crowd. Not only because the man is...

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Moving Commentary 7: Yom Haatzmaut

As Thursday evening gently prodded Yom Haatzmaut revelers to begin closing down, my day was just beginning. Radio stations in America were asking for local commentary, and in a few cases, I was elected....

Plane Talk

The Israel Airports Authority has rejected a billboard urging female airline passengers at Ben-Gurion Airport not to give up their seats to Orthodox men who don’t want to sit next to women. The billboard,...

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