The Chief Rabbinate must remain in Orthodox hands

Making the Rabbinate more user friendly cannot come at the expense of Halakha. It makes clear what kind of conversion is legitimate and what kind is not - in our day.Rabbi Harry Maryles, 12/3/2018, 5:39 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?Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 6/1/2018, 3:35 PM

An open letter to Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz: How dare you!

The Israelis are not a light unto the nations, they are a veritable LED globe.  How dare you sit in the USA and criticize the most compassionate people on earth? Lila Lowell, 4/23/2018, 11:09 PM

Zionism: The great Jewish ethical project

The author claims, as Israel reaches a milestone in her modern history, that "Religious Zionism is fundamentally flawed, directionless, and even broken in many ways."Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, 4/22/2018, 6:04 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. Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 2/7/2018, 7:10 AM

The rightward Modern Orthodox trend fiction

Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 1/31/2018, 7:32 PM

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. Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 1/23/2018, 6:26 AM

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.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 12/25/2017, 8:59 AM

Balancing today's norms

Extremism rarely if ever results in the sanctification of God’s name in the world. Rabbi Berel Wein, 11/22/2017, 3:35 PM

Torah Sociology: Why is liberalism associated with lax observance?

Liberalism is generally associated with weaker religious faith and less mitzva observance. What is the evidence for that association? A thought-provoking analysis of the current state of Orthodox Jewry.Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen, 10/16/2017, 2:00 PM

Haredi billionaire: Open Orthodox members are 'fake Jews'

Haredi billionaire Shlomo Rechnitz blasts Open Orthodox movement as 'fake Jews', says Trump election was divine providence.David Rosenberg, 10/10/2017, 9:24 AM

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

Surprise or no surprise? Depends.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 9/30/2017, 9:06 PM

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.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 8/18/2017, 8:00 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 usRabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 6/28/2017, 1:07 PM

Did another Open Orthodox rabbi just open up to intermarriage?

Do these "rabbis" consider themselves above the Torah and the Shulkhan Arukh?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 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.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 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?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 6/13/2017, 4:14 PM

Am I a lonely woman of faith?

Those who insist that the Orthodox Union will or must eventually accept women as clergy are not operating within the halakhic parameters of the Orthodox Union. Elizabeth Kratz, 5/28/2017, 7:10 AM

'Those calling for open borders are acting irresponsibly'

Orthodox coalition slams call by Open Orthodox leader to challenge Trump's policies in the name of 'Orthodox Jewish values.'Gary Willig, 3/8/2017, 10:34 PM

Trump's Jews and Obama's Jews

The Left is losing the culture war within the Jewish community. Daniel Greenfield, 1/14/2017, 7:33 PM

The day the music died for Jewish American Liberals.

It's always tough to bet on the losing horse, but when you have to realize that your arrogant abetting of an anti-Israel administration has landed you outside the circle, that can lead to PTSD (Post Trump Stress Disorder). Ron Jager, 12/2/2016, 1:40 PM

Book Review: "Why Open Orthodoxy is not Orthodox"

The book, by Torah scholar in the US, is a point by point scathing criticism of the controversial movement begun by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Rochel Sylvetsky, 8/1/2016, 8:38 AM

Rav Soloveitchik and social issues: Gender Roles in the Torah Family

A woman's contribution to the Jewish home was more important to the Rav than career aspirations.Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen, 11/16/2015, 9:49 PM

European Rabbis declare Open Orthodoxy 'outside the fold'

Conference of European Rabbis issues strong statement against liberal Orthodox group, says its rabbis 'will not be recognized' in Europe.Yoni Kempinski, 11/12/2015, 5:03 PM

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.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 11/11/2015, 9:20 PM

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. Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 11/11/2014, 6:33 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.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 7/28/2014, 5:42 AM

'Open' Season

What prompts this particular article, says the writer, is not the philosophy of Open Orthodoxy. "What compels me to react is that Open Orthodoxy crossed every line, to the point that they may be endangering the well-being of the Jewish community". Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, 6/16/2014, 12:00 AM

Dangerous and Defective Products

Why the Novominsker Rebbe's speech at an annual dinner got a write up in the NY Times. Rabbi Avi Shafran , 6/8/2014, 8:27 PM

"Open Orthodoxy": Definitely Open, but is it Orthodox?

Not to be confused with Modern Orthodoxy, as readers can see below.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 6/5/2014, 3:14 PM

'Open Orthodox' or 'Neo Conservative'?

Can America's 'Open Orthodox' movement claim to be Orthodox at all? And do Orthodox rabbis have a duty to save it from itself?Ari Soffer, 4/1/2014, 2:47 PM