Author: Yitzchok Adlerstein

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Heterodoxy Meltdown?

What would happen in Ori’s hypothetical mass teshuva of heterodox clergy? Would the laity become observant, or would they opt out of Judaism? My guess is that most would do neither. In fact, most...

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A Blow to the Minimalists

Readers who did not follow the story to the end of the New York Times article may have missed the more interesting piece of evidence unearthed after two millennia of repose. The uncovering at...

Getting It Wrong

Two completely unrelated items – one serious, one humorous – about people getting their facts wrong. For quite a while, the key narrative in the parsha (Torah reading) we just finished has been the...

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Variations on a Theme by Dr. Schick

Without weighing in on the main question posed by Dr. Schick (Oct. 28), I will offer one observation, and pose another question. Dr Schick’s concern about airing dirty linen in public is – unfortunately...

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Messages From and To G-d

You can ignore the moronic mullahs. You can ignore the well-meaning Pat Robertson and his understanding of the Divine message in Katrina, South Asia earthquakes, and other sundry phenomena. Even the hardened skeptic like...

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Simon Wiesenthal

There are so many ways to appreciate and cherish the work of Simon Wiesenthal, who passed away last week. Although one of my jobs is with the institution that bears his name, I don’t...

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Feeling is Important

Is it plausible that the expulsion from Gaza may have yielded some unforeseen benefit? I can’t help but feel that, to some degree, things backfired for the left. Some of its pundits described it...

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