Author: Yitzchok Adlerstein

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Rebuke without offending

Skip this if you never have to comment on delicate issues to people outside our community. The rest of us may recall the passage in the Talmud regarding the commandment to rebuke wrongdoers. In...

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He Finally Got it Right

In a strange reversal of the career of Yochanan Kohen Gadol (who went bad after 80 years – see Talmud Berachos 29A), an illustrious British philosopher has foresaken atheism at the age of 81

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A Different Tune

After four years of the intifada, many of us continue to get hood-winked by the media, myself included. I am one of those who does not refuse to acknowledge that our side is capable...

Who Ya Gonna Believe?

If celebrity endorsements count for anything, Chanuka is in good shape this year. After decades of listening to non-Orthodox rabbis voice their doubts about the miracle of the oil (after all, why should it...

Blackstone, Meet Maimonides

A colleague at Loyola Law School, who happens to be the President of the Board of the Southern California ACLU, was surprised when I told him that Jewish Law had Blackstone beat by hundreds...

Skeptical About Skeptics

In a column in Scientific American (Nov., pg. 34) appropriately enough called “Skeptic,” Michael Shermer (publisher of a journal that bears that name) tells us what is wrong with the recent spate of scientific...

The new anti-Semitism

A few weeks ago, a colleague (Rabbi Yitz Etshalom) and I agreed to appear on a radio program called Focus on the Mideast. The station is ultra-leftist (Marxist would be more accurate); the host...

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