The Biblical story of Esther and the immoral societyRabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's careful reading of the Megillah as brought below could be about western society..
Trying to unravel the legacy of Rav J. B. SoloveitchikThe 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.
'Paskening' like the blogsThe opponents of the ruling represent a very narrow and small but quite vocal group that does not speak for the balance and magnitude of the Modern Orthodox community, the latter of which has no major problems with the OU ruling.
OU rules against women rabbis; Open Orthodox rebelThe 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.
The right man for the jobPharaoh and his advisers assuredly looked upon Moshe with great suspicion and had a hunch that he might again assert himself against the country.
The non-rabbinic rabbinic training program for womenJudaism accepts changes, but only when the eminent rabbinic decisors of the generation back those changes halakhically. That is not the situation here.
The mysterious instructions to EliezerThe importance of not taking decisions lightly.
The hypocrisy needs to stop!The president-elect is being accused of noxious ideologies in a case of selective liberalism.
The Western Wall Compromise, and compromised commitment to TorahJudaism is characterized by submission to G-d's will, not by getting our own way.
Adam and NoahWhy are Noah and the world's impending punishment mentioned at the end of this week's reading?
Sukkot - why now?The sukkah is a continuation of the High Holydays.
Torah from Sinai and Partnership Minyanim: The YCT response11 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.
A schism in Open Orthodoxy?You have to have guts to come out against Open Orthodoxy from within the system.
Balak (Diaspora): Unreal RealitiesWhy does the story get so much attention?
Isn't Rabbi Soloveitchik's opinion good enough?An American rabbi weighs in on Rabbi Levenstein's remarks.
"Coming out" and the true Orthodox rabbinateSocietal 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.
Behar (Diaspora): Holy nostalgiaWhat is the true meaning of reversion of the land to its original owners?
The Jewish State, North Carolina and a confused worldTake a step back and remember who we are. The North Carolina legal battle has a message for the Jewish People.
The last thing we need is a watered down OrthodoxyExcerpts from a controversial article by Rabbi Yitz Greenberg criticizing Modern Orthodoxy, are rebutted by the writer.
For the Diaspora: Parshat Acharei Mot, a lesson in contrastsWhy Avodat Yom Ha-Kippurim appears in the Torah immediately after Parshat Metzora.
The cowardly smear campaign against an Orthodox rabbiApparently unable to effectively engage in vigorous debate on the issues, people resort to character assassination and threats to others’ livelihoods, thinking that this will win the case and bury opposing views.
Parshat Metzora - Some Things Are Better Left AloneThe Torah instructs us to be discerning and realistic, and only to bring to light concerns that truly warrant such.
No, it is not Modern OrthodoxyNot everything that calls itself Modern Orthodoxy passes muster.
The upcoming ordination imbroglioOpen Orthodoxy has created a schism, as a result of its departure from Tradition, as it continues to cross red lines and move the goalposts.
Torah law and Torah valuesTechnical compliance, but attitudinal disagreement.
The mysterious schematics of the MishkanEverything in the MIshkan had great symbolism, as explained below.
The Western Wall compromise: A small bit of clarity in the darkThe new Western Wall decision has settled on a very public level WoW’s claims to Orthodox bona fides.
Yitro: Messaging tips from heavenParshat Yitro is the Torah's primer on proper and effective communication.
Turning Hanukkah on its headThere are those who would transform Hanukkah from a commemoration marking the preservation of authentic and unadulterated Judaism into a celebration of the adoption of secular values into Torah life and thought. It's chilling.
Women Rabbis and the Rabbi Bakshi Doron letter: Time for a fact checkContrary 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.
Intermarriage: Just say "no" and mean it!Open Orthodoxy has, unfortunately, crossed a bright red line. A call to reconsider.
Who will be the next president of Yeshiva University?Placing the horse before the cart, as it should be.
The mystery of the delayed Brit MilahThere is a change in gears towards the end of this week's Torah reading.
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.
Open Orthodox Theological Challenges for the New YearThere are Open Orthodox statements that enter the realm of the heretical.
Women's Talmud Study: Toning Down the Rhetoric, Clarifying the ObscureWhy did Rav Soloveitchik think women should study Talmud and is that reasoning the basis for women's Talmud study today?
Ki Tavo: Jumping the Gun?In this parshah, the Torah is not giving premature advice, but is instead teaching a profound lesson of emunah.
Free-Market Judaism and Conversion StandardsIt is always possible to decide to be more stringent than the Rabbinate without that minimizing its importance in setting a halakhic standard. Deciding to be less stringent is another story.
Planned (Orthodox) ParentingAdvice on Torah oriented parenting, based on experience.
Being Confused on Tisha B’Av – It’s OK, and It’s Even RecommendedThe Destruction of the Temple raises confusing questions that have not yet been answered.
Parshat Pinchas - The Puzzling Appointment of JoshuaWhat should happen when leadership passes from one leader to his successor.
Ordination of InsubordinationWhy ordaining women is panned by leading halakhic scholars.
Parshat Shlach - What's on the Agenda?The Torah places special emphasis on visual symbolism.
Rabbinic Dignity - A Contemporary DilemmaWhere should the line separating closeness from too much familiarity be drawn?
The Slippery Slope of Jewish Religious Dialogue with the ChurchSaying "Thank You, but No Thank You" to programs that contravene clear halakhic rulings, including those of Torah luminaries of our times.
The (Spiritual) Battle of New OrleansOur challenge is to articulate Torah values even if they are unpopular and do not conform with contemporary societal mores.
Diaspora Reading: On the MetzoraIn addition to two paradigms of one’s spiritual fate, there are also two paradigms of one’s spiritual life.
Parshat Shmini – The Mysterious DelayOnly through longing and praying for closeness to God can Hashra’at Ha-Shechinah be achieved.
Simanei Ha-Seder/Steps of the SederThe word Seder means order and the Haggada spells out that order right at the beginning. Why?
Passover and Parshat Tzav: Preparing is EverythingIntensity of focus characterizes both the Kohen Gadol's activities and our Pesach preparations.
American Libertarianism, Orthodox Libertarianism, PurimA lesson can be learned from Shushan.
The Mystery of the Split RockHow could the Children of Israel lose faith so quickly after witnessing the splitting of the sea?
Working Hard from the DeathbedThe Torah devotes three chapters to the very final stage of Yaakov's life, as it was packed with critical and strategic planning.
Why Just Neo-Hassidut? Why Not Neo-Hitnagdut?Neo-Hassidism is not necessarily the only way to answer the need for spiritual involvement and passion in Modern Orthodoxy.