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Changing the Face of Women’s Jewish Education on Campus: JLIC Queens College Launches Full-Fledged Midrasha
The Future of Liberal Jewry in a Nutshell
Wertheimer: As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war
▪ Even more discriminatory against Jews than Blue Laws: Agudath Israel Files Amicus Curiae Brief – Let Bais Din Have Sessions on Sunday!
Jewish Leaders Urge Mayor to “See the Signs” in Attacks on Jews in NY
▪ I like to think these stories are a combination of “broken telephone” and seeing what you expect to see: Three War Miracles that Never Happened
Who’s Afraid of Leo Strauss?

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Rabbi Gil Student is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Torah Musings.


  1. The problem with the “three miracles” piece is that the author is not out to debunk these three stories. For that matter, he cites no basis for his saying they didn’t happen — they’re just assertions.

    He appears to be more interested in attacking the entire concept of miracle story in general. Which many in our community do overdo, part of the general focus on being religious in order to get things out of G-d. (Segulos anyone?)

    But there, he goes overboard. The opinion piece closes, “The real truth is that similar to the Six-Day War in 1967, there were indeed miracles in the war… The miracles are there, All one has to do is to realize that God created the same man who created the Iron Dome and that there was no need for a miracle wind.”

    To say that Divine Providence is limited to having set up the natural system, that it never means the unlikely fortuitously happens simply because G-d runs the world and no random variable is entirely random crosses too close to Deism.

  2. What I don’t understand about the beit din story is that we’re talking about a NYS statute which needs a simple and what I think would be a noncontroversial amendment; if all the parties and arbitrators agree to a Sunday hearing, it may proceed. So, with a frum majority leader in the Assembly and senators who would probably like the Orthodox vote, why doesn’t Agudah (and the OU) try the legislative route rather than constitutional litigation. And if they have, baruch shekivanti.

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