Cross-Currents Blog

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On Ethics and Blogging

Although I am neither a lawyer nor a journalist, I’ve worked pretty extensively in and around the worlds of lawyering and journalism. A common element to both fields is the existence of specialized rules...

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Repentance

A number of readers took me to task for yesterday’s post in which I quoted the Jerusalem police spokesman’s description of the ethnic background of the youths involved in an altercation with an Armenian...

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With the Author’s Permission:

THE DISPUTATION: Abdicating Our Priestly Duties By David Klinghoffer January 21, 2005 It’s tempting to let last week’s Prince Harry Nazi-uniform episode pass from memory as a moment of meaningless comedy. Tempting but wrong,...

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Remembering Mikey

Someone pointed out to me that Mikey Butler’s first yahrtzeit was about this time — 3 Shevat was Jan. 13 this year (he passed away on Jan. 26, 2004). He was, according to his...

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More on spitting yeshiva bochurim

A few weeks ago, I opined that a single incident of a national religious boy spitting on an Armenian priest in the Old City of Jerusalem did not warrant the Anti-Defamation League’s call upon...

Lionel Trilling and the Tsunami

More than thirty years ago, the great literary critic Lionel Trilling published a priceless little volume called Sincerity and Authenticity, in which he contrasted two cultural ideals: the modern ideal of authenticity and a...

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Reply to Professor Kamenetz

Dear Prof. Kamenetz, Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Indeed, I had read only Jeff Jacoby’s briefer citation of your remarks, not the fuller version. Having now read it, I am not sure that...

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Supporting Basic Torah Education

Could it be that after too many years of sending out the message that basic Torah education at the elementary and high school levels is not a community responsibility or tzedakah priority, Torah leaders...

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Unchanging Orthodoxy, Constantly Evolving

Here [with thanks to Shira Schmidt] are the two main things wrong with Orthodoxy: It is ossified, petrified, will not acknowledge new information, scientific discoveries or social changes, refuses to change with the times....

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Everyone’s Talking About Harry

In the wake of British Prince Harry’s poor choice of costume, a host of condemnations have poured in from around the globe. This began at home, where the Sun Newspaper (England’s largest) reacted with...

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