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Regular readers of this blog (I heard the sixth one’s on vacation) will know my affinity for Rav Dr. Michael Avraham, an original and erudite religious thinker. I am taking this opportunity to plug a new book of his (in … Continue reading
[Rabbi Dr.] Walter S. Wurzburger, God Is Proof Enough, NY: Devorah, 2000. Review by Avi Woolf I wish I had met Rabbi Dr. Wurzburger. From what I have read, he was not only a prominent intellectual, but also a real … Continue reading
[Introduction, Part One] The Left So, Avi, if you disagree so fervently with these attitudes, surely you agree with us? My response is an unequivocal no. Let’s jump back a bit and understand how the post-denominational position (including people who … Continue reading
[Introduction] The Right Aside from being against intermarriage in general as a serious violation of halacha and a betrayal of the Jewish people, the RW has a very extreme and rigid (and completely ahistorical) view of conversion. While many non-observant … Continue reading
Introduction I really hoped I could avoid writing about this topic. This is not just because of the inflamed passions and the ugly, often reprehensible mudslinging on both sides of this debate. It is because I have a number of … Continue reading
[Inspired by this teshuva] Why is it that we observe mourning customs for the death of R. Akiva’s students, but not for the Holocaust?