Some of the links we missed during the transition:
- The Zimmerman-Martin verdict shook the country. Here are two halakhic takes on the issue: Saiman: If Trayvon Were Tuvia: The Orthodox (Non)response to the Zimmerman Verdict, Hidary: What Would Jewish Law Say About George Zimmerman?
- Interview with a leading voice of the Orthodox gay lobby: Gay, Orthodox and Outspoken
- Interesting article about churches trying to balance being welcome to all people and the biblical position on gay marriage: Why Welcome a Same-Sex Couple to Church?
- A writer at The Jewish Press takes umbrage that a Reform rabbi is not halakhically Jewish: It’s Official: You Can Be a Non-Jewish Rabbi. This is certainly not the first time it has happened and won’t be the last. Strangely, the outgoing president of HUC, Prof. David Ellenson, took the time to respond. Even more strangely, his response seems entirely beside the point. He discusses the concept of “Zera Yisrael,” gentiles who are of Jewish heritage. But everyone agrees that Zera Yisrael are not Jewish and require conversion! Hebrew Union Pres. Pulls Fast One in Non-Jewish Rabbi Debate
- Speaking of Prof. Ellenson, here is a review of his tenure at HUC: Unpacking a Presidency
- Two Philologos articles about frumspeak: Frum Guide To Talking Like an FFB, BT or an FFT, Is ‘Yeshivish’ a Language or a Dialect Like ‘Ebonics’ — or Neither?
- R. Ron Yitzchok Eisenman argues that the term “Not-Yet-Frum” is condescending and counterproductive: “Not-Yet-Frum”
- Mormons learn what rabbis have to also learn (and some already have): you have to meet people where they are, and right now that’s social media: Mormon Missionaries Turn to Facebook, Twitter
- More links about the latest controversy over the authorship of the Torah, the American version of the “Jacobs Affair”: R Willig: Overcoming Amalek: Certainty and Passion, Adlerstein: Living With Questions, Jewish Chronicle: Star rabbi is accused of heresy, Blau: The Documentary Hypothesis and Orthodox Judaism
, Kadish: Orthodoxy and the Humanities, a Response to R. Yitzchak Blau, Fischer: Responses to Biblical Criticism from Everyday Life, Waxman: Judging kefira. From a political perspective, it looks like the official responses from the Left of Modern Orthodoxy try to maintain their own Orthodox bona fides while sending the message that there are no repercussions for straying, even if done publicly. That seems to me like a significant signal to the younger generation. Much more on these issues, in a constructive way, coming soon…