Cross-Currents Blog

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Kollel-Only Schools

[The following is from the Iyar/May RJJ Newsletter. It has elicited a considerable response, including the suggestion that it receive wider circulation and that is the reason why I am posting it.] It has...

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Generalizations & Stereotypes

Please convey condolences, Yaakov Menken, to your brother-in-law; May Hamakom comfort him with the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. We were recently invited to a dinner with friends where the discussion turned most unpleasant....

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Baruch Dayan HaEmes

UPDATED 9 Iyar, Wed., May 18 The funeral of Aaron Rosenfeld (he was my nephew, the son of my wife’s brother Elie) took place at 1:30 pm Tuesday. He was eighteen. Thank you for...

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Smashing the Copper Snake

Our Torah provided the symbol of the medical profession: a snake wrapped around a pole. You find this symbol used by medical schools, hospitals, and the American Medical Association. The source is the following...

Personal Prayer Request

Please learn, Daven and say Tehillim (Psalms) for the speedy recovery of Refael Aharon Elimelech ben Penina Liba, a young man who is very seriously ill. May he have a speedy healing b’soch sha’ar...

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Reading the Times with my coffee

Well, time for something a little lighter than my usual fare. Let’s read the New York Times this morning for our amusement and enlightenment. From an article about a new dinosaur exhibit: The final...

NOT Crime and Punishment

An acquaintance, A.M., stopped attending one Orthodox shul and joined a different Orthodox synagogue because the young rabbi in the first shul said something that A.M. found offensive. The novice rabbi, newly ordained at...

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Looking for Validation

Concerning Jonathan Rosenblum’s post this morning on the topic of non-Jews wearing Yarmulkes, I think the brouhaha over the Turkish Prime Minister not wearing one is a symptom of a larger issue. I think...

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Is it Chilul Hashem?

Last week a venerable rabbi pleaded guilty to having amassed a fortune by selling non-existent insurance policies to trucking companies. Many prominent figures in the Orthodox community testified as character witnesses to his many...

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