Cross-Currents Blog

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Yup

From The Corner, earlier today… THE FENCE [Cliff May] The new fences will be chain-link and six feet tall, topped with small spikes to “deter” those who might consider scaling them. Well, we’ll see...

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Fine, be that way

Yaakov – you can disagree with my calling Barry “Reform,” but I did so in deference to his preference. Personally, I do not like the label Orthodox; I do not call myself Orthodox unless...

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There Are No Reform Jews

Jeff is right about the label “Orthodox:” It was not “Orthodox” Jews who introduced the word “orthodox” into Jewish discussion. It was the modern “progressive” Jews who first applied the name to “old,” “backward”...

Defining terms

The same Reform reader says: What I suspect are your beliefs aren’t “normative” in the United States nor in Israel. I won’t hold your non-normastive approach to affirming your Judaism against you. Particularly if...

“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...

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