Rabbi Avraham Gordimer

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

Open Orthodox Theological Challenges for the New Year

There are Open Orthodox statements that enter the realm of the heretical., 9/20/2015, 12:28 AM

Women's Talmud Study: Toning Down the Rhetoric, Clarifying the Obscure

Why did Rav Soloveitchik think women should study Talmud and is that reasoning the basis for women's Talmud study today?, 9/8/2015, 3:48 PM

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

Free-Market Judaism and Conversion Standards

It 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., 8/14/2015, 3:59 PM

Planned (Orthodox) Parenting

Advice on Torah oriented parenting, based on experience., 8/4/2015, 10:46 PM

Being Confused on Tisha B’Av – It’s OK, and It’s Even Recommended

The Destruction of the Temple raises confusing questions that have not yet been answered., 7/22/2015, 5:37 AM

Parshat Pinchas - The Puzzling Appointment of Joshua

What should happen when leadership passes from one leader to his successor., 7/9/2015, 9:44 PM

Ordination of Insubordination

Why ordaining women is panned by leading halakhic scholars., 6/16/2015, 9:09 PM

Parshat Shlach - What's on the Agenda?

The Torah places special emphasis on visual symbolism., 6/12/2015, 9:26 AM

Rabbinic Dignity - A Contemporary Dilemma

Where should the line separating closeness from too much familiarity be drawn?, 6/7/2015, 11:14 PM

The Slippery Slope of Jewish Religious Dialogue with the Church

Saying "Thank You, but No Thank You" to programs that contravene clear halakhic rulings, including those of Torah luminaries of our times., 5/17/2015, 7:45 PM

The (Spiritual) Battle of New Orleans

Our challenge is to articulate Torah values even if they are unpopular and do not conform with contemporary societal mores., 5/5/2015, 8:30 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

Parshat Shmini – The Mysterious Delay

Only through longing and praying for closeness to God can Hashra’at Ha-Shechinah be achieved., 4/13/2015, 9:46 PM

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

Passover and Parshat Tzav: Preparing is Everything

Intensity of focus characterizes both the Kohen Gadol's activities and our Pesach preparations., 3/26/2015, 3:36 PM

American Libertarianism, Orthodox Libertarianism, Purim

A lesson can be learned from Shushan., 2/12/2015, 8:43 AM

The Mystery of the Split Rock

How could the Children of Israel lose faith so quickly after witnessing the splitting of the sea?, 2/3/2015, 6:46 AM

Working Hard from the Deathbed

The Torah devotes three chapters to the very final stage of Yaakov's life, as it was packed with critical and strategic planning., 1/4/2015, 1:51 AM

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., 11/27/2014, 8:04 AM

Vezot Habracha: Maintaining the Intensity

It is via the Torah that God established an intimate and pronounced relationship with His people., 10/14/2014, 10:35 PM

The Mystery in Sukkot Commemoration

The events of Sukkot impacted forever upon our consciousness., 10/7/2014, 6:35 AM

Open Orth.and the Rebirth of the Conservative Movement

MUST 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., 7/28/2014, 5:42 AM

Anti-Semitism is too Irrational to Explain

The outright enmity and glaring bias are exceedingly irrational – so irrational that they are in the realm of the supernatural., 7/25/2014, 1:05 AM

Booty in the Torah

Why such a detailed description of the booty taken in the war against the Midianites?, 7/18/2014, 7:49 AM

Currying Favor With Al Jazeera: Response to Rabbi Hart

Response to Rabbi Ari Hart's article which appeared recently in the Middle East media site., 3/20/2014, 1:02 PM

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

The Mysterious Order of the Mishkan's Construction

Why does the Torah present the story twice and why does the builder change the order of operations. , 2/27/2014, 5:10 PM

Don't Build the Mishkan on Shabbat!

Why was this command necessary?, 2/20/2014, 12:16 PM

Women and Tefillin: Breached Boundaries

Women, 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. , 1/29/2014, 10:50 PM

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., 12/31/2013, 11:20 AM

A New Kind of Leadership

G-d's appearance in the world changes. How is it manifested today?, 12/19/2013, 11:46 AM

Rejoinder To Rabbi Avi Weiss:Retain Halakhic Standards

Defending Halakhic standards in Israel: A rejoinder to Rabbi Avi Weiss of Riverdale, who penned an article against the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's authority and called for Reform and Conservative conversions to be allowed in Israel., 11/7/2013, 8:24 AM

Lessons from Avimelech

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

Non-Orthodox Orthodoxy: Playing With Fire

Halakhic conversions, marriage and divorce are one of the most positive aspects of Israel's Rabbinate and change will destroy the Jewish people from within. An opinion opposed by Yair Lapid's party., 10/29/2013, 8:00 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

Ki Teitse: Metaphysical Undercurrents

There are two levels to the meaning of many of the commandments., 8/15/2013, 6:55 PM

Shoftim: All the King's Horses

Why does the Torah first present the prohibitions relating to horses, wives, silver and gold, and only then present the requirement for the King to write a Sefer Torah and keep it with him?, 8/7/2013, 10:06 PM

The Case Against "Open Orthodoxy"

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT) is a "Modern Open Orthodox" yeshiva founded in 1999 by Rabbi Avi Weiss in Riverdale, NY. It is vehemently opposed by mainstream Orthodoxy. A7 brings you the reasons for this here., 7/30/2013, 6:21 PM

Openness versus Heresy

The Rambam's 13 Principles of Faith include believing that the Torah was God's creation., 7/18/2013, 11:25 PM

Ordaining Women: The Role of Mesorah

Why the RCA's assertion that ordaining women is a "violaton of our mesorah (tradition)" is a valid objection, actually an axiomatic one., 6/16/2013, 10:53 AM