Monthly Archives: August 2011

Can we all be the Rav?

In response to a beautiful homage to Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik’s contribution to Modern Orthodoxy at Harry’s Place, I posted the following comment. Discuss. R. Harry,   I certainly agree with you about the Rav’s importance. However, I have to … Continue reading

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Faith and Reason, a Series of Articles by R. Dr. Michael Avraham, Part III

Is Belief in God Rational? Part Three The previous column concluded with a discussion of the argument that the physical-theological argument begs the question. There I showed that every logical argument begs the question, and therefore the remaining question is … Continue reading

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Some New Interesting Books on Jewish History (in Hebrew)

A book on the Territorialist movement, one of the great rivals of the Zionist movement. If for Zionism the goal was Eretz Israel, for the territorialists, the goal was anywhere BUT Eretz Israel. Done by the same guy who did … Continue reading

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Faith and Reason, a Series of Articles by R. Dr. Michael Avraham, Part II

Is Belief in God Rational? Part Two In the previous column I described in general terms the concept of belief and its place on the axis between the experiential-emotional and the intellectual. I presented a position according to which belief … Continue reading

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Faith and Reason, a Series of Articles by R. Dr. Michael Avraham

[The following is a translation of a series of articles by Rabbi Dr. Michael Avraham in the ynet science section (the veritable lions’ den of atheists on that site). All responsibility for the accuracy of the translations rests with me. … Continue reading

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RZ vs. MO? RZ = MO? On Non-Charedi Judaism and Rabbinic Authority

One of the more complicated and contested issues which fractures both RZ and MO communities is the issue of Rabbinic authority – who has the right to wield it and how, when does it apply and so on. There are … Continue reading

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Is Secular Judaism Responsible for the Fracturing of Israeli Jewish Society? (Answer: Not Exactly)

We’ve spoken before about Prof. Gideon Katz’s new book in Hebrew about Secular Judaism, which I still recommend to anyone who wishes to learn about the subject. The RZ site ‘Srugim’ has just written an article on the book. I … Continue reading

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