Cross-Currents Blog

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Am I a Lonely Woman of Faith?

The Orthodox Union issued the most pro-women, halachically permissive statement ever. The secular Jewish press created their own narrative without looking at the context and the trajectory of the living and breathing Orthodox community. This is lazy journalism.

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The Rav Lives – A Reply to Dr. William Kolbrener

Dr. William Kolbrener’s Lehrhaus essay Killing Off the Rav (So He May Live) employs attention-grabbing, sensationalist metaphor to argue that third-party depictions of Rav Yosef Ber Soloveitchik zt”l must be ignored in order for contemporary Jews...

Open Season on the Orthodox

The description of the scene fairly leapt off the page: Shabbos at the Kosel, people davening, a paraplegic in a motorized wheelchair, a group of Orthodox Jews approaching… “…like a big-league pitcher [one religious...

What Worked for Us (in Shidduchim)

  “Past performance does not guarantee future results.” I don’t own stocks, but am familiar with that disclaimer, required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for ads peddling investment opportunities. It’s cited here...

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Jammin’ with the Pope

Others can continue the debate about the delegation that visited with the Pope and provided a bit of a musical interlude. R. Yair Hoffman provided excellent historical and halachic background, showing how common such...

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