Category: Religion

The Price of Tea in Uzbekistan

As commuters made their way home from lower Manhattan last Tuesday evening, the police presence was strong, complete with heavily armed officers, helicopters and dogs. At that point, no one knew if the man...

The Pitfall of “Orthopraxy”

Amid the abundance of good Jewish writing these days, it would be a challenge to declare any single article particularly outstanding. But a remarkable recently published essay merits such a distinction. And it was...

Truth Gone Missing

It made many people very happy. Especially dentists. “It” being the report widely circulated over recent weeks that an ice cream breakfast will make you smarter. The claim first appeared on a Japanese news...

Religious Pluralism Would Spell Disaster for Israel

An article of mine in the Forward that takes issue with Reform Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ claim that the majority of American Jews support the import of “Jewish religious pluralism” to Israel, and which explains why Orthodox...

Bury the Horse!

Sigh. This is getting tiresome.  The  horse is decaying and in need of swift burial. Any readers still following the Menken/Shafran debate are urged by both protagonists to carefully read the relevant materials cited...

And Nothing But the Truth

Well, it’s after Yom Kippur – and a gutteh kvittel to all! – so I can continue my public discussion with Rabbi Menken, but this time, I’ll be brief. I’m not sure how the...

The Mandate We Both Ultimately Embrace

In his latest installment of our discussion of political partisanship (we should take this show on the road!), Rabbi Menken asserts several things worthy of responses. For starters, he expresses doubt over why President...

Some Corrections

I’m reluctant to continue my debate with my valued friend Rabbi Yaakov Menken – he’s the one who invited me at Cross-Currents’ inception to post here! – but his most recent posting about my...

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