News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy – Parshas Balak 5776
Western Wall Negotiating Team Tells PM Netanyahu: Legal Action Is At Hand – The Conservative movement threatens legal action on Western Wall issue
Does Rabbinic Key Card Ruling Mean Shabbat Has ‘Lost the Fight Against Technology’? – This blows the issue way out of proportion. To change the way that Shabbos is observed requires a broad-based p’sak from gedolei ha-dor, which is absent here – not to detract from the greatness of Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch. Also: “If digital action is not considered halakhically prohibited activity… cooking would be muttar [permitted] since we light our stoves digitally. One would, for the same reason, also be allowed to drive a car on Shabbat.” This is not so, as cooking and driving vehicles entail additional and independent Shabbos prohibitions.
Truman and Jacobson Video – Despite the overtly secular presentation in this AIPAC video, it is a true story of Hashgacha P’ratis.
Rabbi Ari Wolf to Deliver Invocation at RNC – As we know, this was subsequent to this. And please see A Rebuke to the Rebukers and The Jewish Community Owes Rabbi Haskel Lookstein an Apology.
Last week’s installment of Weekly Digest – News and Essay In and Out of Orthodoxy can be viewed here.