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Rabbi Steven Pruzansky

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Diaspora Blues

They didn’t want Netanyahu. Now that they have him, they want him to govern in the opposite manner from which he pledged to govern. Op-ed.

Diaspora Blues

The Fear-of-Ben-Gvir Phobia

CJV Israel rep. on the election results:The more alienated a person is from Torah, the more they fear the specter of a strong Jew. Op-ed..

The Fear-of-Ben-Gvir Phobia

For and against our own - the Religious Zionist 'elite'

It is undoubtedly true that one can have more confidence in Smotrich implementing his political vision than Shaked implementing hers. Op-ed.

For and against our own - the Religious Zionist 'elite'

Elections and the Jewish Character of the Jewish State

Those who feel Israel’s Jewish character would be better promoted by candidates that are neither religious or Zionist - think again! Op-ed.

Elections and the Jewish Character of the Jewish State

Torahphobia

Torahphobes do not really take the Torah seriously, or better said, they only take seriously the parts of Torah that appeal to them.Op-ed.

Torahphobia

Cult of Personality

Bennett ran through three or four party names. The point was to vote him, as it is for Lapid, Liberman, Gantz, or Aryeh Deri. Op-ed.

Cult of Personality

I Denounce

I perceive you as desecrating our Torah, our peoplehood, and now our holy places, but we denounce violence against you.

I Denounce

A dose of reality

The Torah is not changing. Homosexual conduct is forbidden, and no parades or bullying will change that. It is a personal issue. Op-ed.

A dose of reality

David Friedman: A man of consequence

An ambassador can be a statesman, loyally representing the country that appointed him, benefitting the country in which he serves. Review.

David Friedman: A man of consequence

A Society Adrift

Sixty years of values-free public education has produced sixty years of values-free citizens. Op-ed.

A Society Adrift

Beyond the euphoria of Yom Ha’atzmaut is a country in political chaos

We bask in its astonishing achievements but if a person wanted to destroy the Jewish state, there are several steps that he could take.Op-ed

Beyond the euphoria of Yom Ha’atzmaut is political chaos

Amend the Law of Return

What interest of the Jewish people is advanced by pretending that Gentiles are quasi-Jews, “traditional” but not religious? Opinion.

Amend the Law of Return

"Never again" again?

After every atrocity, someone intones “never again,” and someone else will intone “never again” after the next. But what about now?Op-ed

"Never again" again?

Getting off the fence: Is Israel to be a Jewish state or a state of Jews?

Why is it important that Jews survive if we are not going to observe the Torah? What would the world be missing if there were no Jews?Op-ed.

Getting off the fence

On settler violence

The error lies in seeing the acts of the settlers as crimes to be prosecuted rather than defense of the homeland not done by gov't. Op-ed..

On settler violence

The conversion challenge

The consequences of the conversion reforms, if passed, will be dire and it is not just the split that will occur in the Jewish world. Op-ed.

The conversion challenge

The scourge of sexual abuse

Sadly, this evil will always exist, but the likelihood of false accusations dwindles when there are multiple, unrelated victims. Op-ed.

The scourge of sexual abuse

A stern rejoinder

MK Elazar Stern's remakrs on the Kotel partition are riddled with misstatements, platitudes, faulty reasoning and sophistries. Op-ed.

A stern rejoinder

Combating assimilation

You can’t cure illness with what spurred the disease, but that's what the anti-assimilation caucus is planning. There is a better way.Op-ed.

Combating assimilation

Wayward journalists

Journalists want rabbis who are in the House of Study, away from the public, trotted out for ceremonies and with no say on religion..Op-ed.

Wayward journalists

Israel and the Democrats

Nothing has really changed for the better, despite what Lapid claims, and the real problem should be dawning on every sentient person.Op-ed.

Israel and the Democrats

Food fights: The proposed Kashrut reform

To destroy Israel's kashrut system and undermine consumer confidence, it is hard to imagine a better plan than the proposed reforms. Op-ed.

Food fights: The proposed Kashrut reform

The Sukkah of Peace

Peace between us means we do not insist on unconditional surrender and accept not getting everything we want. The Succah.shows that. Op-ed

The Sukkah of Peace

The Kotel and the Jews

Not everything every Jew says or does becomes “Jewish” by definition. No Jew or group of Jews can excise parts of Torah or halakhah.Op-ed.

The Kotel and the Jews

PM Bennett must postpone his visit to Washington

It would be foolhardy for Israel's PM to visit Washington at this time. He would be expected to prop up Biden with concessions. Op-ed.

PM Bennett must postpone his visit to Washington

The limits of competition - Israel and kashrut

How odd that Israel would want to revert to the old American-Jewish decentralized system that was so chaotic that it was abandoned! Op-ed.

The limits of competition - Israel and kashrut

Discontent at the Kotel

Mutual respect calls for the newcomers to desist from defiling the sanctity of the Kotel and worship there as did their ancestors. Op-ed.

Discontent at the Kotel

The Haredi conundrum

Survey: Bnei Brak is Israel’s poorest and most densely populated city but its residents are Israel’s happiest. Dan Perry disapproves. Op-ed.

The Haredi conundrum

Hatred – Baseless and otherwise

Issues that promote Israel’s interests should be supported even if – perhaps, especially if – the coalition supports them. Op-ed.

Hatred – Baseless and otherwise

Naftali Bennett's new "government of change"

The proposed government is one of strange bedfellows whose only common goal is ending Netanyahu’s historic reign. Op-ed.

Naftali Bennett's new "government of change"

Israel's political predicaments

A Bennett and Lapid government is like a table serving kosher and non-kosher food. It seems best to walk away and not take a chance. Op-ed.

Israel's political predicaments

Intended consequences of Guardian of the Walls

The existence of Hamas plays a practical role in Israeli calculations. Hamas is the counterweight to the two-state delusion Op-ed.

Intended consequences of Guardian of the Walls

Rockets Red Alert - a new oleh's story

I just emerged from my safe room. One alarm, one rocket, no damage. Moving on. Op-ed.

Rockets Red Alert - a new oleh's story

Virtue shaming

The virtue-shamers want to live but not let us live. They seek not just to cancel people but to erase G-d from society, Op-ed.

Virtue shaming

Jewish and Democratic

For all the left's fear of the Jewish state becoming too Jewish, there is a clear danger of the democracy becoming undemocratic. Op-ed.

Jewish and Democratic

The Conversion controversy

The courts have no more right to opine on “who is a Jew” than they have to move Shabbat to Tuesday or Pesach to the winter. Opinion.

The Conversion controversy

Let's leave Hitler and his henchmen out of the discussion

The riot at the Capitol was despicable – but Kristallnacht? The hyperbole is disgusting, especially coming from a native Austrian. Op-ed

Let's leave Hitler and his henchmen out of the discussion

An open letter: Israeli-Americans for Trump

Trump is an unabashedly pro-Israel president whose opposition to 'cancel culture' and an activist court.will spill over to Israel. Op-ed.

An open letter: Israeli-Americans for Trump

Life in the exile is a holding pattern: A brand new oleh speaks

In the Diaspora, we are not building as much as trying not to fall off a spiritual and physical ledge. Op-ed.

Life in the exile is a holding pattern: A brand new oleh speaks

The Deal of the Century: Cautious pessimism

The Deal of the Century: Cautious pessimism