Cross-Currents Blog

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Clarity

R. Noach Weinberg famously says “Clarity or Death”…Over the years, I’ve come to see this not as a quip, not as hyperbole, but as true wisdom – an extremely precise statement of the way...

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“Real” Jews?

Sholom Simon argues: When some guy tries to insult another guy, he might say, “you’re not a real man.” News flash: he is not speaking in strictly biological terms. When we answer a Reform...

…but There Are Reform Rabbis

I’m glad you asked for a clarification on “dialogue,” Jeff. Perhaps I didn’t express it well, because, as someone put it briefly on the comments board, “Isn’t the last paragraph what got Rabbi Reinman...

More on dialogue

In reading the last post as well as one of the comments, I guess I should clarify – I am not interested in interfaith dialogue as an institutional concept and I don’t believe the...

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Dialogue, Shmialogue

Yaakov M responds to a (Reform) reader: Oh, and as for your statement: “Sometimes I think we really should engage in dialogue with the OU or whatever” – hear hear! You’re not the first...

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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...

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