Rabbi Avraham Gordimer

Slandering a land?

One who speaks Lashon Ha'ra is akin to one who denies the existence of Hashem, says Rabbi Yochanan., 6/9/2018, 9:51 PM

Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

Tzni'us, the Jewish ethos of modesty, has been under intense discussion recently. Do we need the traditional manifestations of established tzni'us or should we apply a general definition without them?, 5/7/2018, 4:26 PM

Rabbi Yanklowitz on the State of Israel: He has it all wrong

Rabbi Yanklowitz does not mention that in another recent article he calls for a kind of disengagement of US Jews from Israel. Accusing Israel falsely of moral failure is a way for him to try to justify that appalling suggestion., 4/22/2018, 11:56 PM

What an investiture!

After the Exodus and Mount Sinai, the Tabernacle was the next step in getting closer to G-d. So why does the priestly investiture come after the details of offerings at the altar?, 3/29/2018, 11:21 AM

Liberal rabbis: Don’t blame the Chief Rabbinate – blame yourselves

Liberal Open Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis who do not adhere to the Chief Rabbinate's standards in halakhic issues should not expect their recognition., 2/21/2018, 10:36 PM

Vaera: Shuffling classes

There is one aspect of the Plagues which might otherwise be overlooked, but which requires focus and appreciation: class status., 1/12/2018, 8:05 AM

Why is an Open Orthodox Rabbi seeking more punishment for Rubashkin?

It was shocking to read Shmuly Yanklowitz' Dec. 22 Newsweek article lamenting the commutation of Rubashkin's sentence and in effect seeking for Rubashkin to remain imprisoned., 12/25/2017, 8:59 AM

Hanukkah, heroism and President Trump

It’s no wonder that President Trump’s support among Orthodox Jews is so strong. It is perhaps the strongest support for the President by any religious group, with the possible exception of evangelicals., 12/18/2017, 5:44 PM

Veyetzei: Stealing the teraphim

How can we explain Rachel's stealing her father's idols?, 11/23/2017, 7:36 AM

Was it permissible to steal Laban's idols?

Laban seems to have forfeited the respect of his daughters. Why?, 11/16/2017, 10:00 AM

How could Rivka do that?

What made her so sure of herself?, 11/16/2017, 6:12 AM

The 70 bulls of Sukkot

Do the 70 bulls symbolize punishment or protection? , 10/4/2017, 12:21 PM

Smartphones addiction and Elul

The often unnoticed yet acute damage which smartphone addiction causes needs to be considered and addressed., 9/12/2017, 10:23 AM

Parshat Dvarim – Unveiling the Veiled Rebuke

A person’s view of events is often limited and the reality may be much deeper than might be assumed., 7/28/2017, 12:51 PM

The Rabbinic Blacklist Hoax

Fake news caused a needless brouhaha. It showed, however, that many people do not appreciate the critical importance of preserving halakhic identity status according to the highest standards – something that the Chief Rabbinate is tasked to do. , 7/17/2017, 9:38 PM

The Kotel Compromise and the Conversion Bill 

Open Orthodox/progressive Orthodox clergy has signed on to pluralism as a religious value in and of itself,, 7/5/2017, 12:38 PM

Inappropriate and insolent:: Non-Orthodox protests on Kotel plan

All visitors to holy sites realize that there are longstanding traditions that they must uphold, whether or not they live their lives that way., 6/27/2017, 12:39 PM

Did another Open Orthodox rabbi just open up to intermarriage?

Do these "rabbis" consider themselves above the Torah and the Shulkhan Arukh?, 6/25/2017, 5:31 AM

Are some Open Orthodox Rabbis rethinking resistance to intermarriage?

Hard to believe but a recently-ordained YCT graduate has written an artilce positing that Judaism's opposition to intermarriage needs to be overhauled. Opinion., 6/18/2017, 7:29 AM

Self defense is not only permissible, it is sacred

Welcome to the world of Jordanian and Palestinian terror hypocrisy. Is it any wonder that making peace under these conditions is a bit difficult, to put it mildly?, 5/22/2017, 3:31 PM

Trying to unravel the legacy of Rav J. B. Soloveitchik

The Rav held fast to tradition but often promoted it via a contemporary medium; the core was pure Torah but the conveyance often included present-day worldly expression., 3/2/2017, 12:23 AM

OU rules against women rabbis; Open Orthodox rebel

The Orthodox Union, which serves as the largest umbrella organization of Orthodox synagogues in North America, has stated unequivocally that women may not serve in clergy roles. The RCA did so in 2010., 2/5/2017, 12:46 AM

The mysterious instructions to Eliezer

The importance of not taking decisions lightly., 11/24/2016, 11:20 PM

The Western Wall Compromise, and compromised commitment to Torah

Judaism is characterized by submission to G-d's will, not by getting our own way., 11/9/2016, 3:41 PM

Adam and Noah

Why are Noah and the world's impending punishment mentioned at the end of this week's reading?, 10/28/2016, 11:00 AM

Sukkot - why now?

The sukkah is a continuation of the High Holydays., 10/14/2016, 1:11 PM

Torah from Sinai and Partnership Minyanim: The YCT response

11 rabbis,graduates of Open Orthodoxy's Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), came out against partnership minyanim and affirmed a basic tenet of Jewish belief they felt was being weakened by others affiliated with OO. The writer analyzes YCT's response., 8/9/2016, 7:22 PM

A schism in Open Orthodoxy?

You have to have guts to come out against Open Orthodoxy from within the system., 8/3/2016, 8:32 AM

Balak (Diaspora): Unreal Realities

Why does the story get so much attention?, 7/22/2016, 10:19 AM

Isn't Rabbi Soloveitchik's opinion good enough?

An American rabbi weighs in on Rabbi Levenstein's remarks., 7/21/2016, 8:54 AM

"Coming out" and the true Orthodox rabbinate

Societal trends can not change what is clearly forbidden by the Torah. Thus, we can empathize with a person who transgresses, but not condone, flaunt or justify his way of life., 6/14/2016, 5:43 AM

Parshat Metzora - Some Things Are Better Left Alone

The Torah instructs us to be discerning and realistic, and only to bring to light concerns that truly warrant such., 4/14/2016, 10:24 AM

The Western Wall compromise: A small bit of clarity in the dark

The new Western Wall decision has settled on a very public level WoW’s claims to Orthodox bona fides., 2/5/2016, 9:11 AM

Yitro: Messaging tips from heaven

Parshat Yitro is the Torah's primer on proper and effective communication., 1/28/2016, 10:46 PM

Women Rabbis and the Rabbi Bakshi Doron letter: Time for a fact check

Contrary to what is claimed by Open Orthodoxy, former Chief Rabbi Rav Bakshi Doron did not approve of women rabbis or licensed halakhic decisors. The proof is in his letter here., 11/11/2015, 9:20 PM

The mystery of the delayed Brit Milah

There is a change in gears towards the end of this week's Torah reading., 10/24/2015, 9:15 PM

Hakhel on Sukkot? Why?

Why is the hakhel commandment on Sukkot? At the end of the shmitta year this ceremony, commanded in the Torah, takes place. A hakhel ceremony takes place at the Kotel on Wednesday of Sukkot this year., 9/27/2015, 7:18 AM

Ki Tavo: Jumping the Gun?

In this parshah, the Torah is not giving premature advice, but is instead teaching a profound lesson of emunah. , 9/6/2015, 2:45 AM

Diaspora Reading: On the Metzora

In addition to two paradigms of one’s spiritual fate, there are also two paradigms of one’s spiritual life. , 4/24/2015, 8:20 AM

Simanei Ha-Seder/Steps of the Seder

The word Seder means order and the Haggada spells out that order right at the beginning. Why?, 4/3/2015, 12:25 AM

The Modern Orthodox Straw Man

Conflating "Daas Torah" with the real matter at hand allows labelling Modern Orthodox leadership with a negative stereotype in order to discredit it and its positions., 3/9/2014, 6:58 AM

Lessons from Avimelech

Yitschak continues Avraham's mission., 10/31/2013, 8:05 AM

The Open Orthodox Race to the Edge and Beyond

When will it stop? There are serious flaws in Open Orthodoxy that are incompatible with basics of Torah-true Judaism., 10/3/2013, 12:31 PM

Entering the Sukkah, the Inner Sanctum

There is a powerful message in the order in which the two mitzvot of Sukkot appear in the Torah., 9/17/2013, 10:14 PM