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Response to a Reader

An anonymous reader submitted this: What was the point of this article? If it was to demonstrate the high moral ground of Rabbi Adlerstein, it succeeded admirably, and we can view this article as...

Ranking Ranked-Choice

Your four-man chaburah is making a siyum and you’re ordering a large pizza. The eatery offers toppings but only on the entire pizza. You like onions and are sort of okay with peppers, but...

Klal Yisrael Matters

A “scandalous letter” in the files of Israel’s official rabbinate “reflects ignorance,” delivers “a severe blow” to Israel’s relations with Diaspora Jewry and “abandons the religious system in Israel to haredi hands.” Thus spake...

Several New Articles

Here are some new articles of mine that were posted in various publications over the past several weeks: In Siding With Masterpiece Cakeshop, The OU Made the Correct Choice Appreciation and Ironing Things Out...

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Not Your Bubbe’s HUC

The first ordination banquet of the Hebrew Union College of Reform Judaism did not go smoothly. A group of invited rabbis opened their menus, realized that the first course was to be little-neck clams, and immediately left. Fast forward 125 years, and once again the abandonment of Jewish values was too profound for some of those invited to bear.

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