Cross-Currents Blog

Definitely True!

I am genuinely delighted that Rabbi Shafran has posted yet again, not least of all because it proves I’m not alone in going at it until we finish the job.

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...

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Arguing About Not Arguing

It’s good to have differences of opinion on Cross-Currents. In this case, the more we hone our arguments, we rapidly see how little there is to argue about.

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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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