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Academy Award-Winning Negligence

March 2, 2017, by

I don’t watch the Academy Awards. I never have; they hold absolutely no interest for me. Nevertheless, even as a party both disinterested and uninterested, I feel that the gaffe at the Oscars was more than unfortunate. It was disgraceful. In case you’ve been living in a cave for the past week, here’s what happened:

Misguided Zeal?

February 23, 2017, by

I’d like to discuss a recent incident that took place at the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS) in Florida. Rabbi Efrem Goldberg invited motivational speaker Matthew Kelly to speak. From there, things got ugly. (It bears mentioning that BRS is an OU-member synagogue, though I’ve never been there and I don’t know Rabbi Goldberg.) A particular

A Visit with Nathan Diament

February 14, 2017, by

Nathan J. Diament is the Executive Director of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, where he develops and coordinates public policy research and initiatives on behalf of the Jewish community. Nathan has testified before Congressional committees and works closely with members of both political parties to craft legislation addressing issues of religious liberty, education reform and

Commentary: Can We Dial Back the Hitler References?

February 9, 2017, by

There is a form of argument in logic called reductio ad absurdum (reduction to absurdity), which attempts to disprove a statement by showing it inevitably leads to a ridiculous conclusion. A variation of this is called reductio ad Hitlerum (reduction to Hitler), which is the attempt to invalidate another’s argument on the basis that the

Call for Jewish Writing Submissions

February 6, 2017, by

Looking for a place to publish that insightful dvar Torah you’re proud of? Did you just pen a powerful personal essay with a Jewish theme, that you’re dreaming of getting out to the bigger world?

Sometimes it’s Not the Food… Kashrut, Allergens and Microbes

February 6, 2017, by

Food.  If not defined by, our lives are enhanced by it, enriched by it and sometimes troubled by it.  Our days are marked less by hours than by meals.  From the beginning of creation, food has been a lure and a curse.  Cookbooks and diet books dominate bookstore shelves.  Food reviews capture our attention.  There

Singles as Shadchanim: Singles Uniting Network

February 2, 2017, by

A new model of matchmaking in Maryland called “SUN,” or Singles Uniting Network, is taking shidduchim out of the hands of official shadchanim and placing it into the hands of singles. Founded by David Katzoff, a married father of two children who holds a deep desire to combat what he sees as a faulty shidduch system,

Just Be Nice

January 30, 2017, by

I have observed a recurring theme in my own writing. In past articles on this site, I have advised: That, if we arrive at shul and someone is sitting in our usual place (makom kavua), that we not say, “You’re in my seat,” but rather just sit close by. This is actually the halacha, plus

Torah Empowerment for Women

January 24, 2017, by

What do women really want? Hear Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi on the Voice of Israel, tell about her childhood, and how she became the giant in Torah education she is today.

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