Weekly Digest – News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy – Week of Parshas Yisro 5776
- A Tribute to My Rebbe: Rav Abba Bronspiegel, Shlita
- Rav Refoel Shmulevitz Zt”l “My Job in This World Is to Teach Torah”
- Masorah and the Role of the Jewish Woman – Transcript of Rav Twersky’s powerful shiur.
- China’s Search for the Secrets of Jewish Success – Too bad the researchers are not really aware of the concepts of Hashgacha P’ratis and Bechiras Yisroel.
- Israeli groups win grants to champion marriage outside rabbinate – “The grant recipients announced Thursday are Od Yishama, a collaborative venture of The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism; the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel; Israel Hofsheet; Hiddush, an advocacy and public educational organization that works to strengthen Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, and Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, a religious-Zionist organization.” Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah is prinicpally headed by left-edge Orthodox personalities and does not reflect the Religious Zionist mainstream. The Religious Zionist mainstream by and large supports the Rabbanut’s regulation of marriage in the State of Israel.
- The Davar Institute – Teaneck – There is local opposition to this Open Orthodox minyan hosting Peter Beinart as scholar-in-residence for Shabbos.
- Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz speech at event in Lakewood – Extremely important speech about children being rejected from schools. Text summary by R. Yair Hoffman. (Aside from this being an inherently outrageous situation, is the fact that a few popular frum neighborhoods are being flooded with an overflow of newcomers, when these neighborhoods lack the chinuch and even physical infrastructures to handle the newcomers, exacerbating the problem? I am reminded of ads placed by a vaad ha-chinuch in Monsey this past summer warning families not to relocate to Monsey unless they have first registered their children there for school, due to the acute lack of available space for new students and an insufficient number of schools to handle the population burst.)
- A response from within the RCA – Rabbi Shmuel Goldin responds to Baruch Stein’s attack on the RCA in the name of Open Orthodoxy.
- In Praise of Pleasure and Bat Mitzvah as Rite of Passage into Self and Community – The writings and programming of this Yeshivat Maharat star graduate become increasingly concerning.
- Judaism: To Speak for the Trees…(For Tu Bishvat)
- Judaism: Tu B’shvat: Spring to life
- Judaism: Debate teams – Sometimes you have to be a Nachshon and stop debating.
- This article was noted last week, but this snippet merits serious focus: “The merger comes as enrollment in non-Orthodox day schools is declining and centrist and modern Orthodox school enrollment is flat. Haredi Orthodox schools, which will not be represented in the new group, have been rapidly growing, accounting for more than half of all full-time Jewish school enrollment.” (emphasis mine) Why is MO enrollment flat? Surely, half of the MO population is not instead sending their children to Lakewood or Telshe. Could this apparent major attrition be the result of the well-known push in some segments of Modern Orthodoxy, by both parents and high schools, to send students upon graduation to secular college campuses, and their aversion to YU, Touro and the like? I have heard many horror stories of such students returning home irreligious, having been deeply impacted by the non-Jewish/non-Orthodox social, academic and living environments of secular colleges. This needs very serious attention.
- Russia ‘safer for Jews than parts of Western Europe’
- Could the refugee crisis spell the end for European Jewry?
Last week’s installment of Weekly Digest – News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy can be viewed here.