Recent Essays

  • The Lesson of Tum’a

    Yair Kahn (0)
    The Lesson of Tum’a

    by Yair Kahn I.  The Transition from Shemini to Tazria The portions of Tazria and Metzora, which are read together...

     
  • May Orthodox Rabbis Permit Women to Don Tefillin?

    Mayer Twersky (9)
    May Orthodox Rabbis Permit Women to Don Tefillin?

    May Orthodox Rabbis Permit Women to Don Tefillin?1 by Rav Mayer Twersky (republished with permission from TorahWeb)   I....

     
  • Waking Up on a Plane to Daven

    Daniel Mann (2)
    Waking Up on a Plane to Daven

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: I will be on a trans-Atlantic overnight flight travelling east, so that during the time people...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich Summary Ethical Will – Florence Rich HK”M What my parents taught me – by words and by example: We were...

     
  • Deciding Jewish Thought

    Gil Student (18)
    Deciding Jewish Thought

    Over the years, we have returned many times to the question whether there is a decision-making process to belief (hashkafah)...

     
  • The Shabbos Project

    Gil Student (0)
    The Shabbos Project

    South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein is launching a second annual Shabbos Project with a goal of having all...

     
  • The Beilis Affair of 1911-1913

    Henry Abramson (0)
    The Beilis Affair of 1911-1913

    The discovery of the mutilated body of a young boy in Kiev led to the false arrest of a Jewish laborer named Mendel Beilis....

     
  • Why Is Humanity Here? How Do We Know?

    Gidon Rothstein (7)
    Why Is Humanity Here? How Do We Know?

    One of the central questions we’ve been working to answer is Ran’s overall goal in these Drashot. This Drasha gives us...

     
  • Revoking Ordination II

    Gil Student (1)
    Revoking Ordination II

    What do you do when a rabbi is shown to be incompetent in Torah matters, perhaps even adopting heretical views? Two years...

     
  • The Netziv and Open Orthodoxy

    Gil Student (1)
    The Netziv and Open Orthodoxy

    The Netziv was not as open-minded as some would have us believe. In an Op-Ed in The Jewish Week (link), Dr. Eugene Korn criticizes...