Rabbi Avraham Gordimer

Modern Orthodoxy's defining moment

Modern Orthodoxy's defining moment

Perhaps we need not be troubled by blurred contours of Modern Orthodoxy, for there never was a “pure” form of Modern Orthodoxy that has lost its way; but we need to be concerned about by religious decline in some of its sectors., 10/12/2019 07:08
It Is not Orthodox Jews challenging Torah beliefs

It Is not Orthodox Jews challenging Torah beliefs

TheTorah.com management denies the basic belief in Torah Mi-Sinai (the giving of the Torah to Moses on Mt. Sinai), ascribing Torah authorship to various people over the ages. Hence it is not only not Orthodox, it is not even Traditional Conservative., 17/11/2019 23:59
The New Nishma Surveys – Wow and Whoa! and Israeli Modern Orthodoxy

The New Nishma Surveys – Wow and Whoa! and Israeli Modern Orthodoxy

Read the eye-opening findings of the first objective research project aimed at surveying Modern Orthodoxy. How does US Modern Orthodoxy differ from the Israeli version?, 10/11/2019 08:54
On Halakha and LGBT

On Halakha and LGBT

Responding to Dr. Aaron Koller (link to his article is below) who calls for violating the Torah and placing a competing concern above halakha. Is this what Modern Orthodoxy has come to?, 16/09/2019 12:30
A second look at recent attacks on Jews in New York City

A second look at recent attacks on Jews in New York City

I am far from one to whitewash or dismiss anti-Semitism, but I think many people in this case are barking up the wrong tree., 10/09/2019 08:13
Intellectual terrorism

Intellectual terrorism

A culture of shutting down the debate through intimidation, bullying and personal attacks has overtaken most of general society and much of the Jewish media., 22/08/2019 07:56
What kind of second chance is Pesach Sheni?

What kind of second chance is Pesach Sheni?

The Second Passover Offering: What kind of a second chance does it represent?, 20/06/2019 08:20
Ordination of openly gay clergy – Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s quandary

Ordination of openly gay clergy – Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s quandary

The chickens have come to roost. The monster created by YCT leadership has defied the leadership and taken it firmly to task, based on the leadership’s own teachings. Gay marriage, no matter how much one wants it to be, is not Orthodox Judaism., 10/04/2019 08:43
Legalizing marijuana for non-medical use: A heaping pot of hypocrisy

Legalizing marijuana for non-medical use: A heaping pot of hypocrisy

Let's take a closer look as liberals blindly jump aboard the marijuana bandwagon and not a word of concern is to be heard. , 24/03/2019 10:49
The more things change-Rav Soloveitchik on Kabbalat Ol Malchut Shamaim

The more things change-Rav Soloveitchik on Kabbalat Ol Malchut Shamaim

Whether it is the recent challenge relating to female clergy in Teaneck, or new efforts to permit remarriage without a Get, the essence of the issues facing Jewry is the same., 12/03/2019 11:54
Parshat Vayakhel - Surprises of the Chatzer (Courtyard) 

Parshat Vayakhel - Surprises of the Chatzer (Courtyard) 

Betzalel built the Tabernacle and its utensils according to a conceptual scheme., 01/03/2019 16:06
New York State declares war on life

New York State declares war on life

New York State's Reproductive Health Act, under the guise of progressiveness and liberality, is in truth a regressive act of intolerance toward the state's religious communities., 29/01/2019 09:56
Post-Pittsburgh: Capital punishment, and Jews with guns

Post-Pittsburgh: Capital punishment, and Jews with guns

Should accused Pittsburgh murderer Robert Bowers be given the death penalty if convicted?, 03/11/2018 19:00
Unravelling the mystery of the Ma'aravit

Unravelling the mystery of the Ma'aravit

An explanation of the words of one of the most beautiful piyutim (liturgical poems) said on Sukkot., 23/09/2018 16:26
Pearls from the Torah

Pearls from the Torah

Book Review of Something Old, Something New by a veteran Torah article writer at Arutz Sheva., 31/07/2018 09:15
Rabbis Weiss and Angel's accusations against the Chief Rabbinate

Rabbis Weiss and Angel's accusations against the Chief Rabbinate

The Makor Rishon Hebrew newspaper ran an article by the two US rabbis against Israel's Chief Rabbinate. However, the Israeli public does not know enough about the Rabbinate's relations with US Orthodoxy to judge the truth of the arguments presented. , 10/07/2018 08:00
'To Heal the World?' The Tikkun Olam distortion

'To Heal the World?' The Tikkun Olam distortion

A recent book on Tikkun Olam Judaism is nothing short of a lethal indictment of the distortion of Judaism that has led to massive intermarriage and assimilation on the part of US Jewry., 25/06/2018 14:43
Slandering a land?

Slandering a land?

One who speaks Lashon Ha'ra is akin to one who denies the existence of Hashem, says Rabbi Yochanan., 09/06/2018 21:51
Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

Tzni'us, the Jewish ethos of modesty, has been under intense discussion recently. Do we need the traditional manifestations of established tzni'us or should we apply a general definition without them?, 07/05/2018 16:26
Rabbi Yanklowitz on the State of Israel: He has it all wrong

Rabbi Yanklowitz on the State of Israel: He has it all wrong

Rabbi Yanklowitz does not mention that in another recent article he calls for a kind of disengagement of US Jews from Israel. Accusing Israel falsely of moral failure is a way for him to try to justify that appalling suggestion., 22/04/2018 23:56
What an investiture!

What an investiture!

After the Exodus and Mount Sinai, the Tabernacle was the next step in getting closer to G-d. So why does the priestly investiture come after the details of offerings at the altar?, 29/03/2018 11:21
Liberal rabbis: Don’t blame the Chief Rabbinate – blame yourselves

Liberal rabbis: Don’t blame the Chief Rabbinate – blame yourselves

Liberal Open Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis who do not adhere to the Chief Rabbinate's standards in halakhic issues should not expect their recognition., 21/02/2018 22:36
The battle for Orthodoxy repeated half a century later

The battle for Orthodoxy repeated half a century later

Rabbi Soloveitchik: The violation of a religious, ethical principle does not affect its validity and cogency even though a large segment of the community is engaged in doing so., 03/02/2018 19:38
Pharaoh the puppet

Pharaoh the puppet

, 18/01/2018 18:02
Vaera: Shuffling classes

Vaera: Shuffling classes

There is one aspect of the Plagues which might otherwise be overlooked, but which requires focus and appreciation: class status., 12/01/2018 08:05
Critique: The Open Orthodox approach to the Book of Genesis

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., 31/12/2017 16:20
Why is an Open Orthodox Rabbi seeking more punishment for Rubashkin?

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., 25/12/2017 08:59
Hanukkah, heroism and President Trump

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., 18/12/2017 17:44
Veyetzei: Stealing the teraphim

Veyetzei: Stealing the teraphim

How can we explain Rachel's stealing her father's idols?, 23/11/2017 07:36
Was it permissible to  steal Laban's idols?

Was it permissible to steal Laban's idols?

Laban seems to have forfeited the respect of his daughters. Why?, 16/11/2017 10:00
How could Rivka do that?

How could Rivka do that?

What made her so sure of herself?, 16/11/2017 06:12
The 70 bulls of Sukkot

The 70 bulls of Sukkot

Do the 70 bulls symbolize punishment or protection? , 04/10/2017 12:21
The Nishma Research Profile of US Modern Orthodox Jews - a surprise?

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

Surprise or no surprise? Depends., 30/09/2017 21:06
Smartphones addiction and Elul

Smartphones addiction and Elul

The often unnoticed yet acute damage which smartphone addiction causes needs to be considered and addressed., 12/09/2017 10:23
Open Orthodoxy name change: New brand, same product

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., 18/08/2017 08:00
Parshat Dvarim – Unveiling the Veiled Rebuke

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., 28/07/2017 12:51
The Rabbinic Blacklist Hoax

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. , 17/07/2017 21:38
The Kotel Compromise and the Conversion Bill 

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,, 05/07/2017 12:38
Inappropriate and insolent:: Non-Orthodox protests on Kotel plan

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., 27/06/2017 12:39
Did another Open Orthodox rabbi just open up to intermarriage?

Did another Open Orthodox rabbi just open up to intermarriage?

Do these "rabbis" consider themselves above the Torah and the Shulkhan Arukh?, 25/06/2017 05:31
Are some Open Orthodox Rabbis rethinking resistance to intermarriage?

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., 18/06/2017 07:29
The changing mind of Modern Orthodoxy?

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?, 13/06/2017 16:14
Behaalotcha: Entitlement or obligation?

Behaalotcha: Entitlement or obligation?

The two parts of the parsha are totally different., 11/06/2017 00:23
Self defense is not only permissible, it is sacred

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?, 22/05/2017 15:31
The transgender madness has got to stop

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., 23/04/2017 05:56
Jewish values restored

Jewish values restored

Is there a renaissance, a reawakening of identification with authentic Jewish values? , 19/04/2017 12:15
Vayikra: What is so important about korbanot?

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., 30/03/2017 10:14
The Biblical story of Esther and the immoral society

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.., 08/03/2017 07:39
Trying to unravel the legacy of Rav J. B. Soloveitchik

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., 02/03/2017 00:23
'Paskening' like the blogs

'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., 14/02/2017 11:36
OU rules against women rabbis; Open Orthodox  rebel

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., 05/02/2017 00:46
The right man for the job

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., 26/01/2017 22:25
The non-rabbinic rabbinic training program for women

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., 16/01/2017 10:14