Author: Yaakov Menken

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Comments III

Ever since the reprogramming to send comments by email to the authors, we’ve received almost nothing but healthy debate, good posts that ought to be shared. Meanwhile — and because of that, as well...

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Smoking Gun

Jeff, you stole my line! The rest of the items on her list are worthy of discussion — but not when framed in that context. These first two items present the conversation as “the...

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Inward vs. Outward Facing

Jeff’s correspondent raises some interesting points. However, there are different definitions of “leaders in the community,” and I don’t think that those present here, much as they may be thinkers and commentators, are in...

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Comment Commentary

The recommendations from Rebecca Blood include owning up to your mistakes, and I should own up to the following: If the software (WordPress) supported having each writer moderate the comments to his or her...

Loco Loco

The two of you just staged this, in order to make it look like the Orthodox aren’t quite as monolithic as people were led to believe. Right? My suspicion is you’re both totally in...

From the Four Corners of the Earth

There’s a developing phenomenon out in the world, which in some ways parallels the “Baal Teshuvah movement” of Jews from non-religious backgrounds rediscovering their Jewish heritage. Groups that apparently have Jewish parentage — however...

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Readers Respond

Well, it seems like leaving out the “Comment” link at the bottom of each entry gave the wrong impression — or, perhaps, we gave the right impression, and people don’t like it. Here are...

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Where We Stand

By any measure, the new Cross-Currents is off to an extremely strong start. In the last several days, an article about us appeared in the Baltimore Jewish Times, and was picked up by several...

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Two-Minute Penalty, Bradd

This week’s Baltimore Jewish Times talks about the blog, but the Cover Story is about Reform Rabbi Bradd Boxman, who joined Temple Har Sinai 18 months ago. He’s an avid hockey player, and he...

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Blogging and Loshon Hora (Gossip)

The Jewish Times article (dicussed below) talks about our blog and the perceived media bias against observant Jewry, but also talks about the inherent conflict between journalism and Judaism. It is difficult to be...

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