Monthly Archives: May 2011

New Online Journals Available! Yay!

Israel and Zionism, both top-level journals of, well, Israel and Zionism, are now available online for free. Links will be added to the sidebar.

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Interesting Book Alert: Rav Dr. Michael Avraham on Religion and Evolution

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

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Religion for Grown Ups (On R. Dr. Walter Wurzburger)

[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

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אוי לי מימיני, אוי לי משמאלי (Woe am I from my right, Woe am I from my left): Intermarriage and the Dilemma of the Committed Modern Orthodox Jew (Part Two: The Left))

[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

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אוי מימיני, אוי לי משמאלי (Woe am I from my right, Woe am I from my left): Intermarriage and the Dilemma of the Committed Modern Orthodox Jew (Part One: The Right)

[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

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אוי לי מימיני, אוי לי משמאלי (Woe am I from my right, Woe am I from my left): Intermarriage and the Dilemma of the Committed Modern Orthodox Jew (Introduction)

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

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Open Thread Sunday

[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?

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