Category: Religion

Polar Vort

“Not as cold as Siberia.” That’s what my father, a”h, would say with a laugh if I complained over the phone about the frigid weather in Providence, where my family lived in the 1980s....

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Amos vs. Amos Oz

The Israeli media has been focused on the late Amoz Oz, whom many consider Israel’s top writer and who passed away a fortnight ago. The world media also gave Oz’s passing a great deal...

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Yaffed and the War on Jewish Education

by RYM and Jeff Ballabon. As alumni of both elite Ivy-League Universities and revered yeshivos, we know that the scholarship, energy and forward-looking motion within Judaism today arises primarily from those who sacrifice an advanced formal secular curriculum in favor of additional Torah study.

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.

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,...

Not All Discrimination is Hatred-Fueled

Finally!  Something my cherished chaver Rabbi Yitzchak Adlerstein and I can agreeably disagree about.  Though, alas, I don’t think the disagreement is as weighty as he thinks. Rather than recap our respective positions, they...

Looking Over Our Right Shoulders

Newly elected member of the House of Representatives Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, recently admitted that she supports BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Back in August, though, when asked...

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The Politicization of Anti-Semitism

The blood of the victims was not yet dry, and already people were diverting our attention from the simple fact that Jews are still murdered for being Jews – and not hesitating to blame Jews for anti-Semitism.

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