Cross-Currents Blog

Mutcheh-ing the Mullahs

My Hamodia column this week went to the printer when President Trump was scheduled to issue his Iran Deal decision on Shabbos.  As you know, he changed his mind and announced it earlier.  Below...

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Time to Rethink Tzni’us? – Think Again

There has been much discussion as of late regarding tzni’us (modesty). Whereas the issue of photos of women has occupied most of the discussion, with all Orthodox commenters on the subject accepting the basic parameters of...

A Tale of Two Speeches

I had the honor of making two public presentations in recent days, one to second grade students at the impressive Yeshiva Beth Yehudah in Southfield, Michigan; and the other, to students and members of...

Some New Articles

Here are some articles of mine that were posted in various publications over the past several weeks: In Siding With Masterpiece Cakeshop, The OU Made the Correct Choice Appreciation and Ironing Things Out –...

The Lonely Man of Politics

James Comey Jr., the former director of the FBI and author of the new book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” truly stands out from the crowd. Not only because the man is...

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Moving Commentary 7: Yom Haatzmaut

As Thursday evening gently prodded Yom Haatzmaut revelers to begin closing down, my day was just beginning. Radio stations in America were asking for local commentary, and in a few cases, I was elected....

Plane Talk

The Israel Airports Authority has rejected a billboard urging female airline passengers at Ben-Gurion Airport not to give up their seats to Orthodox men who don’t want to sit next to women. The billboard,...

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Touching Hearts in Tel Aviv

In the summer of 2017 Eyal Datz, a media person from Bohemian, avant garde Tel Aviv precincts, proposed to do a film on the Sanz-Klausenberg Rebbe, ztz”l, for Israeli television to be broadcast on...

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