Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer

The Ford-Kavanaugh hearings played maximally well for the Republicans

Looking back on the day’s riveting events, it is amazing how effectively the Republicans and Judge Kavanaugh sidestepped the perils and emerged perhaps even stronger than the morning augured. , 9/28/2018, 5:56 AM

Democrats and Kavanaugh, Spartacus and Crucifixion

The connection between Spartacus and Crucifixion, Democrats and Kavanaugh, and Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur., 9/19/2018, 10:24 PM

Nu — So Israel Is not the Jewish State?

If Israel is not specifically a Jewish country, then leave the Jews outside Israel alone. Close down the Jewish Agency, and keep Sharansky and Herzog at home., 8/8/2018, 8:16 AM

Let them walk out of Birthright and say Kaddish for Arab terrorists

These possibly-halakhically Jewish naifs have been taught nothing about Judaism or Zionism and they actually cannot tell the difference between the aspiring murderers and the intended victims., 7/25/2018, 10:30 AM

Everyone is smart except Trump when it comes to Putin negotiations

That brilliance explains why they are all billionaires who were elected president., 7/19/2018, 12:22 PM

Another top-notch Supreme Court nomination

The perfect choice for the season of resistance., 7/11/2018, 8:45 PM

Your mother, Hitler and closet conservatives

The Left now is taking into mainstream everyday society the totalitarianism, public shaming, and repression that it has been imposing on your kids in college these past ten years since the Age of Obama dawned., 6/27/2018, 4:30 PM

Leaving the UNHRC so that they can now torture and butcher one another

UN Human Wrongs Council would be a more appropriate name for this group, so riddled with human rights abusers. , 6/22/2018, 7:19 AM

Firing insubordinate subordinate Comey is not obstruction of justice

Comey, like Trump's other critics, thinks he is an idiot. It is amazing watching their constant attacks on him.  They never got elected President.  They never even got elected as dog catcher.  How many denuclearizations have CNN anchors negotiated?, 6/18/2018, 8:20 AM

The month in which Tefillin held the spotlight

Do universities hire math professors who can't add? The professor of multi-culturalism who could not stand to see tefillin seems to be comparable., 6/5/2018, 11:59 PM

The never-ending saga of unrecognized American conversions

Why blame the Israeli Rabbinate for not recognizing American “Conversions” that American Orthodox Rabbis also do not recognize?, 6/1/2018, 3:35 PM

What exactly happened at Israel's Gaza border?

Stop. Think. That automatically puts you ahead of Western media. What exactly is going on at Israel's Gaza border?, 5/18/2018, 5:25 PM

American Open Orthodoxy reveals its alien religious moorings - again

Among other things, Open Orthodox Rabbis include rabbis who endorse accepting Jewish-Christian intermarriage,, 4/25/2018, 9:00 AM

Separating politics from the core conversion issue

Getting to the heart of the conversion matter., 3/7/2018, 5:28 PM

Surviving a foolish Dvar Torah

Cheering Vashti and pitying Esther? A foolish misreading of the Megillah story by a woman rabbi in an Open Orthodox congregation tries to make it into a feminist narrative., 3/1/2018, 11:41 PM

Needed: Full disclosure before conversion

Rabbis who perform conversions owe their clients full disclosure. Has anyone ever sold you something — a service, a product, a promise — only for you to learn later that you paid for something that was not what you thought? , 2/25/2018, 7:34 AM

What a fabulous time to shake up Israel’s government!

Bibi should get a T-shirt that says: “Ehud Barak did favors for Marc Rich / Obama got a $300,000 discount on a house / His wife got a $300,000 “Job” / And all I got were some crummy cigars and champagne.” , 2/19/2018, 12:22 PM

What does McDonald's put in its cheeseburgers?

I have been trying for years to figure out what explains George Soros, Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer and all the other Jews who are willing to sell out the Jewish people., 2/15/2018, 10:39 PM

The Orthodox Union isolates the final four

The four extreme-left organizations in the OU fold are the end of a trend that once did not have to be discussed, because it was not imaginable. , 2/7/2018, 7:10 AM

It's OK to deport

Under the oh-so-liberal Obama and the Democrats, more than 3,000,000 infiltrators were deported.  Yes, more than three million!, 2/5/2018, 6:49 AM

The "shul" I won't attend

Why not? Because I may not. The Orthodox Union name on food is a guarantee that it is kosher. Not so with synagogues. , 1/23/2018, 6:26 AM

Trump's doctor and the impatients

Navy Rear Admiral Jackson enters the media mud pit to announce that Pres. Trump is healthy., 1/19/2018, 2:31 PM

40 years of Democrats defaming the IQ of Republican presidents

Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and now Donald Trump are all briliant men painted as stupid by the media. And it is impossible to counter that canard elegantly., 1/9/2018, 7:25 AM

The MIddle East 'Peace Process' meme: What peace process?

'It will threaten the peace process." For the last fifty years, someone in a European capital and in the U.S. State Department has uttered that sentence at least once weekly., 12/11/2017, 7:40 AM

Make sure those you love know how much they mean to you

Remembering dear Rav Mordechai Scher z"l., 12/5/2017, 6:44 AM

Tzipi Hotovely has finally been discovered

With her celebrity in the US because of the Princeton Hillel boycott, comes a new price to pay — dealing with the hatchets swung by the “Gotcha!” crowd. They hate her because, without a fight, she defeated the rabid leftist rabbis of Hillel., 11/27/2017, 2:48 PM

The pain of the contemporary Orthodox Jew

The groundbreaking Pew survey of American Jews found four years ago that, in a few short decades, Orthodox Jews will comprise the majority of Jews in New York. But media reports typically ignore them, painting almost all Jews as liberal., 9/10/2017, 11:57 AM

Pres. Trump, in his classically inartful way, was absolutely right

When the President of the United States rightly excoriated law-breakers and thugs on all sides of a street conflagration, he came in for a torrent of media abuse, forcing even level-headed bystanders to take cover., 8/19/2017, 11:53 PM

Expanding Qalqilya is a lame-brained idea that can cost lives

If politicans within the Government of Israel think they will win world acclaim and applause in Israel or abroad by doubling or tripling the terrorist stronghold of Qalqiliya, they are amazingly naïve. Don't just freeze the plan, kill it., 7/13/2017, 10:46 AM

The Reform Movement came late to the party

They will learn to live with it, just as we Modern Orthodox/ srugim (of the knitted kippot) live with and still passionately love Israel even after Gush Katif and even though many of us wish the Chief Rabbinate sometimes were more oriented towards us, 6/28/2017, 1:07 PM

On nukes, liars, obstructocrats and phonies: Making SCOTUS great again

Judge Gorsuch' sin: He believes the Constitution says and means what its authors, our Founding Fathers, meant for it to say and mean — and not what some liberal judge 240 years later would prefer it say and mean. , 4/7/2017, 5:12 PM

Healthcare - all for the best

The media will make it a bad weekend for the GOP, but then a new week starts. The flaws in the first iteration of replacing Obamacare will be fixed, but they need more time and more negotiating. Meanwhile, Obamacare will implode on its own, 3/26/2017, 7:00 AM

The OU joins RCA, Young Israel and Aguda on women clergy

It is unanimous among Orthodox American Jews: Orthodox Judaism is eternal and does not change to accommodate passing trends., 2/8/2017, 12:30 AM

Trump and his team know exactly what they are doing

Trump and his people know exactly what they are doing, and they are doing it the only way it can be done in the post-Obama environment. Pravda, USA won't let you know that., 2/2/2017, 10:23 PM

Open letter to US Treasury Sec.Jack Lew, Haim Saban and PM Netanyahu

Three men who will be judged by Jewish history. The question is, will each miss his moment of history or seize it?, 12/29/2016, 11:30 AM

The UN vote teaches much but changes nothing and affects even less

Points to ponder on J Street, American Jews, Charles Schumer, concessions, the two-state solution, Trump, Obama and the Tower of Babel known as the UN., 12/25/2016, 8:10 AM

Why this Orthodox Rabbi supports Trump

I am going to vote for the candidate that protects the Constitution and makes America what it can be - and was., 10/27/2016, 2:09 AM

Further thoughts on the conversion mess

The Torah community simply is trying to implement safeguards to bring order out of chaos. , 7/31/2016, 12:22 PM

I think I understand Trump

Who is Trump counting on in the elections - and why., 7/23/2016, 10:45 PM

Thoughts on the Conversion mess

R. Haskel Lookstein’s conversions, Ivanka Trump’s halakhic status, demands by “Open Orthodox” rabbis for Israel to recognize their private decentralized conversions, wildcat actions of outlier rabbis - and the unity of the Jewish People. , 7/13/2016, 11:24 PM

After AIPAC: Voting in November

Whomever the Republicans put up in July gets my vote in November. To vote for Hillary would be incomprehensible., 3/23/2016, 11:02 PM

The state of American Jews: The best of times, the worst of times

it would seem that American Jews, whose doctors once could not gain admittance privileges at prestigious hospitals, who could not gain admittance into alumni and fraternal societies or country clubs, never have had it better.  So it would seem., 3/14/2016, 11:13 PM

A view from America: The US presidential election - so far

Don't believe the US media - they portrayed Begin as Hitler.A cogent analysis of the US presidential candidates positions and chances. And a must read., 3/12/2016, 7:33 PM

The religious Left’s war against normative Orthodox Judaism

Usual suspects and usual subjects., 12/14/2015, 9:53 PM

The RCA’s response to movements altering Halakhic practices and values

Until Christian denominations began ordaining women, even the Jewishly non-halakhic Reform Judaism and Conservative Judaism groups never ordained women. , 11/30/2015, 4:07 PM

Matot-Masei: How did the Desert Generation Cope?

How did they cope for a lifetime, knowing that they were doomed to wander without a destination?, 7/16/2015, 8:37 AM

When Words Matter

Thanks to the Zivotovsky decision, we are guaranteed at least five more years of intractable stalemate, probably more., 6/10/2015, 12:40 PM

Conservatives, Polling, and Political Correctness

The polls and surveys were totally wrong in the Senate, Israeli and UK elections. The reason may be the intimidating politically correct climate., 5/14/2015, 1:31 AM

Tazria-Metzora: Biblical Leprosy and Us

This Torah portion packs a message for changing one's life., 4/17/2015, 8:36 AM

The Two State Solution: It is Never Going to Happen

A “Two-State Solution” is a “Final Solution.” Look at the pictures. We Jews do not do so well with other people’s Final Solutions for us., 4/8/2015, 12:16 PM

The Beauty of It All: Obama Does Not Matter

Since Obama's Reign of Error began, the Jewish population in Yesha has risen significantly. And it continues to rise., 4/1/2015, 8:41 AM

On Obama: There are Only Five Hours Left to the Fast

We have him all figured out now and not that long to go., 3/27/2015, 7:47 AM

Conservative "Marranos" and the Absurd Charge of Racism

Americans, including journalists who have no conceptual understanding of how to differentiate between light and darkness, hear the Prime Minister of Israel make a campaign appeal, and the next day they call him racist., 3/22/2015, 7:58 AM

Netanyahu’s Speech Strengthened Israel-US Relations

The "pundits" have it all wrong, as usual., 3/3/2015, 9:20 PM

Netanyahu Must Absolutely Make that Speech

Not to worry about whether Obama will hate Bibi even more and be even more mixed on Israel. There is no “more” that he can hate Bibi, and Obama cannot be worse to Israel than he is because, for reasons beyond his control, he is as bad as he can be. , 2/11/2015, 6:03 AM

The Con Version of an American Conversion Scandal

There is no question that Orthodox conversion standards in the US, adopted by the RCA and validated by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in a magnificent agreement this past summer, have brought sanity and order out of chaos. , 11/11/2014, 6:33 AM

On Conversion to Judaism

The compromise Conversion Law is to be on the Cabinet's agenda tomorrow. The article below lists crucial principles for Orthodox conversion. , 11/1/2014, 8:51 PM