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Why I’m Not Sending Flowers on Valentine’s Day
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Why don’t Orthodox Jews observe Valentine’s Day? After all, it’s a day dedicated to love – isn’t that a good thing? To understand the answer, let us first examine the origins of the celebration. A Catholic Holiday? For starters, the full name of the holiday is “Saint Valentine’s Day.” You are probably familiar with St. […]
The Yarmulke: A Crown of Contemporary Honor
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Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything: how to sleep, how to eat… how to work… how to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer shawl that shows our constant devotion to God. […]
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Purim
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What’s a religious holiday and what’s a secular holiday? Even though banks and post offices are closed on December 25, I think most people would recognize that Christmas is a religious holiday. Its status as a “national holiday” does not render it secular; that’s just for the convenience of the overwhelming majority of people in […]
The Wickedness of “Live and Let Live”
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A visitor to Sodom seeking to purchase food would be told by the merchants, “keep your money (what’s yours is yours) and I will keep my food (and what is mine is mine)”… In a complex and difficult world, most people simply want to “tend to their own gardens” – to be left to take […]
Rabbi Lamm on Women and Tefillin
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The following article appears courtesy of Rabbi Gil Student and Torah Musings. ————————– Rav Norman Lamm’s son-in-law, R. Mark Dratch, was kind enough to forward with permission to publish this letter he sent to his nephew, R. Ari Lamm. Dear Ari, You asked me about comments Zeida made in a sermon, “As If Things Weren’t […]