Category: Judaism

Don’t cry for me, Eric Yoffie

Enough decades have passed to allow some of us to recall biologist Paul R. Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller “The Population Bomb,” in which the author, soberly analyzing relevant data, predicted worldwide famine within twenty years...

Hanukkah and the Soul

An opinion piece I wrote about Chanukah was published by the New York Times last week.  It can be read here.

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Open Orthodoxy Update, Parshas Miketz

From support of “alternative lifestyles” contrary to Torah to celebrating opposition to Israel, Open Orthodoxy continues to outdo itself — even hiring a PR firm to promote their departures from traditional Judaism.

Still, Small, Defiant Lights

I’m always struck by the contrast this time of year between, on the one hand, the garish multicolored and blinking lights that scream for attention from so many American homes and, on the other,...

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A Letter from Beit Shemesh

Every 5 years, the residents of a city have the choice to decide in which direction they want the city to head by voting for a mayor and a local political party. What is important to you influences you decision when you go to the polls.

A Safer Space for Women

A piece I wrote for Tablet about the #MeToo movement and Judaism’s attitude toward interactions between the sexes can be read here.

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Open Orthodoxy Update, Parshas Lech Lecha

Open Orthodoxy’s Orthodoxy is expressed by attacking our liturgy as sexist, praising Chilul Yom Tov, placing social justice before Halacha and even speaking at an idol installation’s “knowledge festival.”

Where’s the Slide?

I pass the large lady twice each workday, and no longer pay her much mind, unlike the tourists on the Staten Island ferry sailing with me, who have journeyed hundreds or thousands of miles...

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