Author: Yitzchok Adlerstein


Fear, Loathing and Orthodox Opportunity

Question: What’s the difference between American Jewish leaders and Donald Trump? Answer: Trump will have Jewish grandchildren. Ouch. Pithily makes the point, doesn’t it? Reminds them who the real Jews are! Really draws the...


How Others See Us: Certainty and Doubt

Perhaps because of the work I do with non-Jewish communities, I find myself constantly getting a boost from the observations of religious Gentiles about authentic Judaism. A recent exchange seemed too good not to...


Rosh Hashanah Shiur Available Online

Once again, a melange of material, including Chasam Sofer, Rav Kook, Rav Shamshon Raphael Hirsch, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. A good deal about davening in general. Some dreadful musings about where the world has been...


Volozhin’s Got Talent!

Pragmatic isolationism vs. an obligation to share the Torah’s vision with non-Jewish Americans. Pose those choices to a group of charedi-identifying yeshiva students who expressed an interest in conservative politics. What would you expect...

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