Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Debate Between Me and Myself on Orthodoxy and Academic Jewish Studies: Second Round

[Previous Posts: Intro, First Round] Dear Avi, I wish I could share your hope that we can learn to absorb and deal with scholarship; but I doubt it. For all the high-falutin’ rhetoric about the “ideal synthesis” between Torah and … Continue reading

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Informal Educational Activities Which Helped Me Learn

With all the buzz surrounding the failings of formal higher ed and its increasing cost, I’ve been giving a great deal of thought (some might say nostalgia) to informal educational activities. Specifically, tools and activities which helped me obtain knowledge … Continue reading

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A Debate Between Me and Myself on Orthodoxy and Academic Jewish Studies: First Round

[Previous Posts: Intro] [I’m considering turning the “framework suggestions” into an article. I’d be curious to know if anyone out there thinks it’s worth the trouble. For my non-Orthodox readers out there, pardes is a metaphor for the study of … Continue reading

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No Guarantees (on the Esther Petrack Incident)

A small firestorm has erupted in our circles regarding one Esther Petrack, a girl from an MO background who declared on live TV that she would cease observing Shabbat to become a top-tier model. Some have even said this is … Continue reading

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A Debate Between Me and Myself on Orthodoxy and Academic Jewish Studies: Introduction

Over the next couple of weeks, I intend to conduct a correspondence with myself regarding the relationship of Orthodoxy and Academic Jewish Studies. The two protagonists will be “Avi”, a sober yet hopeful realist, and “AIWAC”, an unrepentant pessimist on … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends II

1) Rabbi Chaim Rappaport continues his fascinating one-man crusade to defend the honor of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe. Having already duked it out with Profs Heilman and Freedman, he has now turned his sights to Dr. Tomer Persico in the … Continue reading

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A Partial Guide to Non-Observant Israeli Jews: Epilogue and Select Bibliography

[Previous Posts: Intro, The Traditionalist, The Cultural Jew, The Civilian] I wrote this partial guide with a clear goal: to show fellow Orthodox Jews some of the primary complexities and ideal types of non-observant Israeli Jews out there. I wanted … Continue reading

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