Cross-Currents Blog

Nesivos Shalom, Volume 2

B’Chasdei Hashem, my second volume of English-language adaptation of the Slonimer Rebbe has been accepted for publication by Koren. I’m honored to be in the company of some major figures whose works were published...


Rehab and Repentance

[Editor’s Note: This may be the first time that we have violated our usually iron-clad policy against anonymous posts. Read it, and you will understand why it had to be anonymous, and why it...


Loose Ends

We should acknowledge that beliefs mandated by the Torah are frequently described as “conservative” by American politicos. If we faithfully advocate for Torah ideals, we will not escape being cast as “partisan.”

Recidivist Repentance

It’s easy to feel disheartened, even despondent, as Rosh Hashanah approaches, at the realization that some of the things we did teshuvah for last year are things we need to repent for again this...


CS Lewis, Elul and the Shofar

Somebody you know has read The Screwtape Letters. He or she may not admit it, however, because reading the work of the most successful Christian apologist in the twentieth century will not win friends...

Kashering Elephants and Donkeys

I appreciate that my friend of many years Rabbi Menken agrees with me that treating political affiliations like sports teams is wrong, as is attaching ourselves to political positions (or parties, as I wrote...

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