Category Archives: Communal Matters

The Night Time is the Right Time: A Selichot Chronology

I gave a Shiur yesterday (sources are at this link) on what the right time is to say Selichot. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the lively give-and-take. Some thoughts that came out of the Shiur: 1) … Continue reading

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Aruch Hashulchan Yomi – Thoughts and a Proposal (Updated July 2019)

** Update: In response to several requests, the Aruch Hashulchan Yomi calendar has been updated for 5780 (2019-2020).┬áHere is the link. For the principles underlying the program, see the original post below. Aruch Hashulchan Yomi (see Calendar at this link) … Continue reading

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Women’s Ordination Is Here … Would You Like to Change Something Else?

News appeared this week (link) that Rabbi Avi Weiss’ Semicha of three women this past Sunday included language allowing them to “determine Halakhik rulings for the Jewish people” and “serve as a decisor of Jewish Law” (or in the Hebrew … Continue reading

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The High Price of a Free Ticket: Aliyah and the Leadership Gap

An Oleh on a Bike Two summers ago, the last time that we were in Israel, my wife and I spent a beautiful afternoon with friends of ours who have made Aliyah to Yad Binyamin, a popular (if rustic) new … Continue reading

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An Open Letter from a Day School Teacher to His Principal

A work of fiction. I have nothing but respect for my students’ parents, but the concept of the letter below entered my head and appealed to me for its subtle sense of irony. What if, indeed, the teachers were allowed … Continue reading

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‘Till Inclusion Do We Part: A Rejoinder to the Challenge of Orthodox Inclusiveness and Acceptance

I recently read an article by an Orthodox Rabbi whose decision to host a Keshet event at his Shul caused me less anguish than the article he wrote defending that decision. His article can be found here. My response, more … Continue reading

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Frum … Or Krum??? – Thanksgiving

Time once again for our not-at-all-weekly segment exploring issues of relative importance to the Jewish community and whether perceptions and attitudes stack up to the rigors of Halachic analysis (Frum) or kneel at the knees of wisdom and reason (Krum). … Continue reading

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