Rabbi Avraham Gordimer

Pharaoh the puppet

, 1/18/2018, 6:02 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

Critique: The Open Orthodox approach to the Book of Genesis

This coming Shabbat we begin reading Exodus, the second book of the Torah, but before that, here is an overview of the way to study the first book, Genesis - and how not to., 12/31/2017, 4:20 PM

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

The Nishma Research Profile of US Modern Orthodox Jews - a surprise?

Surprise or no surprise? Depends., 9/30/2017, 9:06 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

Open Orthodoxy name change: New brand, same product

Open Orthodoxy is engaging in damage control and now calling itself Modern Orthodoxy, the term describing its anitthesis: Jews loyal to traditional halakha while beng part of the modern world., 8/18/2017, 8:00 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

The changing mind of Modern Orthodoxy?

Where is Modern Orthodoxy going? Are there no hard and set principles as laid out by the Torah and listed by the Rambam? Is it any wonder that the results are a source of concern?, 6/13/2017, 4:14 PM

Behaalotcha: Entitlement or obligation?

The two parts of the parsha are totally different., 6/11/2017, 12:23 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

The transgender madness has got to stop

Placing in young children’s minds the notion that they are likely of a different gender is dangerous and sends messages of confusion. But that is what is happening., 4/23/2017, 5:56 AM

Jewish values restored

Is there a renaissance, a reawakening of identification with authentic Jewish values? , 4/19/2017, 12:15 PM

Vayikra: What is so important about korbanot?

Many mitzvot, without which it would be hard to imagine life as a Jew, appear less prominently in the Torah, while korbonot are the primary focus of so much of the Torah., 3/30/2017, 10:14 AM

The Biblical story of Esther and the immoral society

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's careful reading of the Megillah as brought below could be about western society.., 3/8/2017, 7:39 AM

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

'Paskening' like the blogs

The 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., 2/14/2017, 11:36 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 right man for the job

Pharaoh and his advisers assuredly looked upon Moshe with great suspicion and had a hunch that he might again assert himself against the country., 1/26/2017, 10:25 PM

The non-rabbinic rabbinic training program for women

Judaism accepts changes, but only when the eminent rabbinic decisors of the generation back those changes halakhically. That is not the situation here., 1/16/2017, 10:14 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

Behar (Diaspora): Holy nostalgia

What is the true meaning of reversion of the land to its original owners? , 5/26/2016, 12:14 PM

The Jewish State, North Carolina and a confused world

Take a step back and remember who we are. The North Carolina legal battle has a message for the Jewish People., 5/11/2016, 12:22 PM

The last thing we need is a watered down Orthodoxy

Excerpts from a controversial article by Rabbi Yitz Greenberg criticizing Modern Orthodoxy, are rebutted by the writer., 5/8/2016, 1:08 AM

For the Diaspora: Parshat Acharei Mot, a lesson in contrasts

Why Avodat Yom Ha-Kippurim appears in the Torah immediately after Parshat Metzora., 5/5/2016, 8:46 AM

The cowardly smear campaign against an Orthodox rabbi

Apparently 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., 4/19/2016, 9:39 PM

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

No, it is not Modern Orthodoxy

Not everything that calls itself Modern Orthodoxy passes muster., 4/4/2016, 9:18 PM

The upcoming ordination imbroglio

Open Orthodoxy has created a schism, as a result of its departure from Tradition, as it continues to cross red lines and move the goalposts. , 3/15/2016, 10:02 PM

Torah law and Torah values

Technical compliance, but attitudinal disagreement., 2/29/2016, 10:08 PM

The mysterious schematics of the Mishkan

Everything in the MIshkan had great symbolism, as explained below., 2/11/2016, 10:40 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

Turning Hanukkah on its head

There 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., 12/13/2015, 10:28 AM

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

Intermarriage: Just say "no" and mean it!

Open Orthodoxy has, unfortunately, crossed a bright red line. A call to reconsider., 11/3/2015, 7:02 AM