Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Dissent on German Orthodox Jewish Centrality

I left the following comment at a looong debate at Hirhurim about Rav Shamshon Rafael Hirsch. Agree? Disagree? Comment below. You know, much like how RSRH is often (wrongly) credited as being the only major figure involved in beginning Austritt, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Half-Shabbos”, A Strange Aruch Hashulchan and so on

“Half-Shabbos” Ever since Alan Brill’s revelation of “Half-Shabbos” (whereby O teens/young adults text during Shabbat but keep all the other stringencies), the O blogosphere and the media have been abuzz about the phenomenon. A disaster, they decry. A crisis of … Continue reading

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Interview with Rav Dr. Michael Avraham on his book ‘God Plays Dice’

[Readers of this blog need no introduction to Rabbi Dr. Michael Avraham, one of the most innovative and forthright Orthodox religious thinkers in Israel today. Rav Avraham was kind enough to provide an interview on his latest book based on … Continue reading

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Dept.

Pop Quiz: Why was the Poalei Agudat Israel party founded? Was it: a) Zionism b) Socialism c) Secular Studies d) The protection of shomer-shabbat Jews who were fired by shomer shabbat factory owners for keeping Shabbat. The answer is d. … Continue reading

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Is Modern Orthodoxy Pointless?

I don’t usually read Alan Brill’s blog, but a chance discussion over at Hirhurim led me to this post on a YCT speech. There in the comments section are pretty biting, often scathing indictments of the whole Modern Orthodox project. … Continue reading

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Bible Study in Secular Israeli Schools

Today, an op-ed on Bible instruction in secular schools on ynet (in Hebrew) sparked quite a discussion in the “talkback section”. Long story short, the author, one Chaim Eckstein, argues that Bible study in secular high schools should be dropped … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Creativity

I recently had the pleasure of listening to a fascinating lecture by Sir Ken Robinson on creativity and education courtesy of the TED lecture circuit. It got me thinking about my own rather bumpy path to discovering my own creative … Continue reading

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