A First-Hand Account of BDS in Minnesota

November 9, 2015, by

There is a distinctive, self-righteous ring to the hate-filled protest of the Boycott Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It is coarse and unwanted, disruptive and raw. It is the chant of impassioned college students who purport to stand for social justice and human rights, but instead stand for anti-Israel and thus anti-Semitic rhetoric. Moshe Halbertal,

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Slams BDS Movement

November 9, 2015, by

From Channel 4 News. “The supporters of this so-called boycott are a bunch of corduroy-jacketed lefty academics,” Boris Johnson gave his view on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel during his trip to build economic ties with Tel Aviv.   Boris on the boycott of Israel “The supporters of this so-called boycott are

Can a Ram Actually Get Caught in a Thicket?

November 4, 2015, by

A few weeks ago I discussed the identity of the ram that appears in the story of akeidas Yitzchak (Genesis 22:13). I suggested that it wouldn’t have been an ordinary domestic sheep, since Avraham was out in the wilderness. Furthermore, as my friend David Bar-Cohn pointed out, Avraham would presumably not have stolen someone’s sheep!

Working Out in a Skirt: I (Kind of) Disagree

November 3, 2015, by

Last month, there was a news story in which an Orthodox Jewish woman sued her gym for refusing to allow her to work out in a skirt. Yosefa Jalal of Crown Heights sued Lucille Roberts (a women’s-only gym franchise) for violating federal, state and city religious discrimination statutes. I saw this posted and re-posted on Facebook

How Should Jewish Families Deal With Halloween?

October 29, 2015, by

In the coming week we will read in Parshat Chayei Sara how Avraham, in his negotiations over finding a burial place for Sarah, describes himself as a ger v’toshav, an alien and a resident. Avraham is employing terms that appear to contradict each other: How can you be both an alien and a resident? Rabbi

What My Family Gained from the Mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim

October 29, 2015, by

In this week’s Parsha we learn all about the mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim from our forefather Avraham. My family really enjoys this mitzvah. Our morning blessings state that for this mitzvah, “man receives his reward in this world and the world to come.” We find this to be really true. While I hope that we

Staying Healthy Doesn’t Have to Cost Too Much

October 28, 2015, by

It sometimes seems that in order to stay healthy, it might cost a lot of money. Granted, not being healthy will ultimately cost more money than staying healthy but for many it seems like we must put out a lot of money to buy healthy foods, see a dietician, buy exercise equipment, go to the

Finish What You Start: A Lesson from Terach

October 28, 2015, by

The Torah tells us that there was a special person who uprooted his family, took his wife, took Lot, and left his homeland, his familial territory, his place of residence – Ur Kasdim – and began a journey to the land of Canaan, known today as Eretz Yisroel. This special man’s name – Terach. Yes,

Running for Spite

October 28, 2015, by

A number of people have been, and will be, writing about why they are running for Team Yachad in the Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon. Many of these pieces will speak of the good work that Yachad does. As you may be aware, Yachad—the National Jewish Council for Disabilities—is an agency of the Orthodox Union whose

Are Kaballah Classes Forbidden?

October 27, 2015, by

The fundamental principle of public Kabbalah and Chassidus classes is inherently self-contradictory. Esoteric teachings are intended for the intellectual elite, not the masses; otherwise they would not be esoteric. Comprehension of complex material requires a solid foundation of requisite knowledge. There is so much Torah to learn before Kabbalah, so many intriguing and important ideas,

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