Rabbi Avi Shafran

Living 'Out of the Box'

Ponder why the writer uses the old cardboard box he has had for years to keep his etrog in., 9/30/2012, 2:42 PM

The Novardhoker Pesach Plan - in Siberia

Matzah for Pesach is so simple to obtain today, but we must never forget how Jews sacrificed for it., 4/10/2012, 10:24 AM

Open Season on Hareidim - and Torah

One of the repercussions of the alleged spitting in Beit Shemesh is that it let all the Jewish hareidi-haters out of the box. But why write in the non-Jewish media?, 2/8/2012, 1:44 PM

Isms of a Modern Age

Likudism is an ism too, said this writer at the Agudath Israel of America's recent national convention. Be on guard against the other isms that are subtly affecting your spiritual life., 12/20/2011, 11:00 AM

The Real Road to Jewish Unity

Whatever one thinks of the Rotem Conversion Bill, it raises an important, if uncomfortable, question: Is exporting American Jewish chaos to Israel really a road to Jewish unity?, 7/27/2010, 12:37 PM

Women Rabbis Outside Orthodoxy

Those to whom we must look to for judgment in religious matters are the recognized religious leaders of each generation, whom the Torah itself, in Deuteronomy 17, 9-11 directs us to heed. They decided against women rabbis. , 4/28/2010, 9:32 PM

The Wall is Wailing

People of all faiths and of all degrees of Jewish observance are welcome at the Western Wall.They are expected to respect the feelings of those who pray there constantly and behave accordingly. The "Women of the Wall" think otherwise. , 2/25/2010, 7:11 PM

Subtle Holocaust Denial

Others were persecuted and killed by the Nazis, but only the Jews were to be annihilated., 1/25/2010, 11:49 PM

A Malnourishment of Modesty

So many are so certain of so much., 9/11/2009, 5:28 PM

The Matrix

The concept of "arvut" among Jews., 8/27/2009, 2:35 AM

Deaf to Peace

On iPods and Middle East peace., 8/10/2009, 4:11 PM

How to Promote Baseless Hatred

There is much, much work to be done., 7/27/2009, 11:18 AM

The Novardhok Paradox

How can Novardhok seriousness yield joy?, 7/13/2009, 11:16 PM

Hardened Criminal, Newborn Babe

Is there any insurmountable bar to conversion?, 6/30/2009, 10:51 PM

Election Result

What sort of "racism" is this?, 6/7/2009, 1:15 PM

The Art of Growth

Human nature isn't a dichotomy., 5/17/2009, 11:17 AM

Our Own Private Passover

Thinking about my father's Passover in Siberia., 4/2/2009, 11:56 PM

Piece Plan

The Reform rabbi's new religion is an old story., 3/24/2009, 12:10 AM

Heretics and Humility

Elevating Darwin's theory to an article of faith., 3/9/2009, 11:39 PM


Egyptian TV marks Holocaust Remembrance Day., 2/20/2009, 12:59 AM

Bless Us

An occupational hazard of religious observance., 2/11/2009, 12:10 PM

Making the Cut

Innate Jewish desire to enter Abraham’s covenant., 2/4/2009, 11:31 PM

Terrorized Times

Weak-kneed media won't call evil what it is., 12/28/2008, 10:54 AM

Coming to Judaism - Part III

For Jews unafraid to face Jewish verities., 11/23/2008, 11:48 AM

Coming to Judaism - Part II

The Creator directly introduced Himself., 11/16/2008, 11:52 AM

The LHC & Maimonides’ Microscope

A new glimpse of G-d’s subtle wisdom., 11/9/2008, 9:15 PM

Coming to Judaism - Part I

A compelling case for the Torah's truth., 11/4/2008, 7:43 PM


A sukkah provides some perspective., 10/12/2008, 11:20 PM

Tangled Up in Jews

The fricassee of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism., 8/27/2008, 9:21 PM

Judge-and-Jury Journalism

Pitching print projectiles at Agriprocessors., 8/17/2008, 11:19 PM

Horribly Wrong

Something went "went horribly wrong," indeed., 7/21/2008, 12:29 AM

A World Going Ape

Only humans can conceive of right and wrong., 7/14/2008, 7:39 AM

How Jews Should Vote

The overarching Jewish principle., 7/7/2008, 4:27 AM

The Missing Ethic

It has been all but ignored by press and pundits., 6/24/2008, 11:40 PM

What Would Hillel Say?

"Progressive" Jews bend text to get desired result, 6/1/2008, 4:46 PM

Baby Einstein

The brilliant physicist missed the big picture., 5/26/2008, 11:48 PM

The Egalitarianism Has Landed

Roles are part and parcel of Judaism., 5/19/2008, 12:15 AM

Deconstructing Dayeinu

Enough? What are we saying?, 4/15/2008, 1:32 AM

Jewish Multiple Personality Disorder

Think instead of fume., 3/30/2008, 10:51 PM

What Remains

What about that study of abuse among the Orthodox?, 2/28/2008, 11:43 PM

Tackling the Elephant in the Room

A curtailment of religious rights?, 2/8/2008, 1:25 AM

Gandhi: Talk to the Snakes

Apples, they say, don't fall far from trees., 1/17/2008, 11:45 PM