Author: Yitzchok Adlerstein

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Non-Orthodox Dialogue

Ah, for when life was simpler! One of our readers, Shalom Simon, stuck it to me regarding my post on the grand debate at Harvard Law School. He asked whether the event (which had...

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Postscript to Parshas Yisro

“Limdu hora techilah,” advises Rabbenu Bachya ibn Paquda in Chovos Halevavos. “Study evil first.” There is much to learn by first considering the alternatives to truth. Around tens of thousands of our Shabbos tables...

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Reply to Professor Kamenetz

Dear Prof. Kamenetz, Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Indeed, I had read only Jeff Jacoby’s briefer citation of your remarks, not the fuller version. Having now read it, I am not sure that...

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L’affaire Slifkin

Many, many people in the blogosphere have challenged Cross-currents to comment on the letter of the Roshei Yeshiva, shlit”a, regarding Nosson Slifkin’s books. The challenge, in my opinion, is inappropriate. Cross-currents, at least in...

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Change ‘R Us

Frustrated raconteurs like myself eagerly seize opportunities to tell a treasured story. I am, therefore, much indebted to Shawn Landres for his comments to Toby Katz’s post. They have given me all the excuse...

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Must the Law Be Consistent?

If I missed your point, Jeff, we are even. You’ve missed mine. [Aside to anyone wondering: We get away with this sparring because in real life, we are good friends, and do this in...

In Loco Parentis Gone Loco

Harumph! You’ve got it all wrong, Jeff. The problem is not the willingness of the State to fill in where parents are derelict. As observant Jews, we should be the last to rail at...

Two Popes and the Holocaust

Perhaps we can’t always determine guilt from a distance. I learned long ago that criticizing other faiths is fraught with danger. We often lack some of the pieces. Despite what I intuit, I am...

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Say It Ain’t So, Joe

A Catholic aquaintance just couldn’t believe that L’Osservatore Romano, a Vatican newspaper, could have been so obtuse and mean-spirited as to criticize Israel for offering IDF field hospitals to Sri Lanka. She was right....

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