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Je Suis Aussi Juif

January 12, 2015, by

This post originally appeared at ouisrael.org. The massive demonstration in Paris on Sunday was an impressive day that will long be remembered. With an estimated 1.5 million people walking in central Paris to demonstrate against terrorism, this was the largest demonstration France has seen since the end of World War II. If you add the

Don’t Have Time for Your Nonsense

January 8, 2015, by

A certain individual recently posted a controversial article in which he argued against something that is essentially a universally-accepted principle of Judaism. A number of others responded, calling him out on it. Those readers who might have been misled by the original article were thereby informed as to that author’s misstatements. Those who were inclined to stand by

Glass Half Full Judaism

January 7, 2015, by

This post originally appeared in the Jewish Link of New Jersey. Some people see a split occurring within Modern Orthodox Judaism between those who adopt a more lenient religious interpretation and those who are stricter. I think they have it wrong. Yes, a split is happening, but it is not primarily about beliefs or stringency

The Question We Desperately Need an Answer To

January 6, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on rabbisblog.brsonline.org. “Intermarriage is a fact of life and we should be more welcoming when it happens.” That was part of the reaction of the chief executive officer of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism to a recent controversial decision made by the leadership of the youth wing of the movement, United

The Great but Humble Emancipator

January 5, 2015, by

January 1, the day that President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, marks the anniversary of the greatest assertion of presidential power in U.S. history. Lincoln understood that the constitutional authority for his action was found in his war powers. Concerned that the effect of the proclamation wouldn’t outlive the war, Lincoln did

Having Fun Raising Funds for Team Yachad

December 31, 2014, by

Pinny Kwestel baked 4,000 mini chocolate and cinnamon bobkas (each about the size of a mini-muffin) after more than 14 hours in the kitchen on multiple weekends. Not bad for a 16 year old high school student. Pinny had first learned to bake while in middle school, selling his homemade baked goods. High school brought

Are You a Destinationist or a Traveler?

December 31, 2014, by

This article originally appeared on finkorswim.com Writing on Hevria, Elad Nehoral discusses evolving as a person and as an Orthodox Jew. I suggest reading the description of his process in his own words. To me, it sounds like Elad was uncomfortable confining his religious experience to the Chabad worldview, and has started the process of

Rabbi Zvi Engel: The Voice of Father

December 26, 2014, by

An inspiring message as we think about the life of Moses and the Book of Exodus. R3CA videos are a new format for teaching Torah and discussing important issues in the Jewish community. On June 30, 2014, at the annual Rabbinical Council of America Conference, 10 rabbis gave high quality TED-like presentations and were professionally