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“Who is a Goy”

One fairly irate reader writes (excerpt): As a Jew affiliated with the Reform movement — I won’t pretend to speak for others — I can only say that ir you denigrate my religious practices...

Bas Mitzvah: “Today I am a boy.”

Beautiful post: identity, equality, sameness, femininity, tznius, materialism, peer-pressure, etc. All a web of intertwined issues which are involved in so many day-to-day decisions we make as individuals, but really threaten to overwhelm sensitive...

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Why is my daughter having a bas mitzva?

My baby’s bas mitzva is coming up in a few days. She’s going to have a really nice party with all her friends, G-d willing. All these pretty little 12-year-old girls will be coming...

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Jonathan Rosenblum

Re: the recent discussion between Jeff Ballabon and Yitzchak Adlerstein over the “state interest” in protecting children from lousy parenting. The issue came up recently in Israel in the context of settler mothers who...

Hurray for Hollywood

See, Bill Donohue – not all Hollywood libs are of the Jewish variety (please, nobody tell me Richard Gere is a J). Credit for this one goes to the folks at – where else...

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Sore Point IV

A reader commented that there are plenty of statements by prominent Orthodox authorities to the effect that we believe that Reform Jews are not really Jewish. He illustrates this with the following quote: Do...

R. Yitzchok – Clarifying matters

R. Yitzchok – we’re talking past each other, I think. You think I mean this: I thought you were arguing that if we are going to be so mindful of the civil rights of...

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Comments III

Ever since the reprogramming to send comments by email to the authors, we’ve received almost nothing but healthy debate, good posts that ought to be shared. Meanwhile — and because of that, as well...

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Must the Law Be Consistent?

If I missed your point, Jeff, we are even. You’ve missed mine. [Aside to anyone wondering: We get away with this sparring because in real life, we are good friends, and do this in...

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Smoking Gun

Jeff, you stole my line! The rest of the items on her list are worthy of discussion — but not when framed in that context. These first two items present the conversation as “the...

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