Behar (Diaspora): Holy nostalgiaWhat is the true meaning of reversion of the land to its original owners?
Saying it loudly and frequently does not make it true:A sober critique of the Tablet article on PORAT.
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.
Respecting limits on PurimThe themes of the day can be distorted and perverted by practicing the mitzvos of Purim in a manner that is antithetical to their intent.
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.
On the Parsha: Confronting Laban or Not?The Jew in his normative mode is self-effacing and avoids bitter, litigious showdowns. This normative Jew is what Yaakov represents, but when he has to stand up to evil, well, that's something else.
Vezot Habracha: Maintaining the IntensityIt is via the Torah that God established an intimate and pronounced relationship with His people.
The Mystery in Sukkot CommemorationThe events of Sukkot impacted forever upon our consciousness.
Open Orth.and the Rebirth of the Conservative MovementMUST READ: Close reading of the linked article is a must to know the truth about a major challenge to Orthodox Jewry and keeping the Torah as handed down from Mount Sinai.
Anti-Semitism is too Irrational to ExplainThe outright enmity and glaring bias are exceedingly irrational – so irrational that they are in the realm of the supernatural.
Booty in the TorahWhy such a detailed description of the booty taken in the war against the Midianites?
Currying Favor With Al Jazeera: Response to Rabbi HartResponse to Rabbi Ari Hart's article which appeared recently in the Middle East media site.
The Modern Orthodox Straw ManConflating "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.
The Mysterious Order of the Mishkan's ConstructionWhy does the Torah present the story twice and why does the builder change the order of operations.
Don't Build the Mishkan on Shabbat!Why was this command necessary?
Transcending OurselvesWhat is the conceptual difference between the the two altars, the one of gold and the one of bronze? Why is the former in the parsha with the priestly vestments?
Rabbi Avi Weiss in the NYTimes: Who is the Real Victim?Why would an Orthodox rabbi avoid respected and accepted halakhic forums to settle his differences with the Orthodox Rabbinate and, instead, post them in the New York Times?
Women and Tefillin: Breached BoundariesWomen, on the other hand, are not required to lay tefillin, and they therefore should not do so, lest they be subject to a compromised state of bodily or mental purity while wearing tefillin.
The Rabbi Avi Weiss Issue:Defending the Chief RabbinateRabbi Weiss may be qualified to attest to Jewish status, but one must also appreciate the justified apprehension of the Rabbinate regarding Open Orthodoxy’s fidelity to Orthodox norms and positions relating to more complex issues of halakhic lineage.
What is "Open" About "Open Orthodoxy"?Despite the catchy name, a close look seems to reveal that the opposite of "Open" Orthodoxy is not "Closed" Orthodoxy, but Torah-true Orthodoxy.