Weekly Digest – News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy – Week of Parshas Beshalach 5776
- Judaism: On the Torah article found in Rabbi Eitam’s Hy”d computer
- Palestinian suspected of killing Israeli mother detained – “Israel says the violence is the result of a Palestinian campaign of lies and incitement. The Palestinians say it is rooted in frustration over nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation.” Aside from the indescribably vicious pattern of murder and violence against Israelis, the Arab attempt to justify it due to “Israeli occupation” is absolutely vile and disgusting. Even if it would be true that someone is illegally occupying your land, how can you condone, encourage and gleefully celebrate the bloody and sadistic murders and mass terror attacks against people for an alleged offense of land occupation? Civilized societies do not act that way, and those who publicly propound theories of moral equivalency are complicit in the terror and barbarism.
- German Jewish leaders: We are no longer safe here
- Putin offers European Jews refuge in Russia
- Satmar And The ‘Last Lion’
- MLK Day at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – Annual concert by Baptist church choir in the sanctuary of HIR
- Mizrachi Responds: I’ve Always Respected the Rebbe – Clarification after sharp criticism of Chabad
- Be Honest: It Just Isn’t Orthodox
- “Re-imagine” batmitzvahs urges leading Orthodox female voice – Why must rituals be invented? Where has Mesorah gone? Please see here for my approach.
- Approaching “Niddah” with Radical Openness – What about approaching it with deference and modesty? It is disappointing that a sizable plurality of the new podcasts and responsa of the YCT rosh yeshiva likewise focus on intimacy in a somewhat graphic manner and lack the traditional inhibition, subtlety and nuance that would be expected. (I was really hoping to steer clear of discussion about this, but something must be said.)
- No Holds Barred: The sickening charge of anti-Semitism against Ted Cruz – This was very necessary. The characterization of Cruz’ statement about New York as reflective of anti-Semitism was totally outlandish and foolhardy. Please also see this insightful essay on the matter.
- An orthodoxy of its own – The author writes that by rejecting the ordination of women as rabbis, the RCA has “replace(d) halachic considerations with prejudice.” Has it occurred to the author that the RCA position, which conforms to the halachic ruling of every major rabbinic authority, might actually reflect Halacha/Mesorah and not prejudice?
- Conservative, Orthodox, pluralistic and Reform day school organizations to merge
- Yizkor: A Review of the Ongoing Struggle between Orthodox Jewry and Yad Vashem
Last week’s installment of Weekly Digest – News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy can be viewed here.