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Why Women Will Never Be Orthodox Rabbis

posted by David Klinghoffer

I have sympathy for religious mavericks like Rabbi Avi Weiss of New York, who for ordaining a woman as a rabbi, or “rabba” as he calls her, is under fire from Orthodox rabbinic colleagues on the Rabbinical Council of America. To […]

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For Orthodox Jews, a Wake-Up Call from God

posted by David Klinghoffer

My Forward op-ed is out now seeking the meaning behind the scandals that have plagued my religious community, Orthodox Judaism, with increasing intensity of late. The first comment over at the Forward website illustrates the extent to which many of us […]

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A Rabbi Rethinks Intelligent Design

posted by David Klinghoffer

Recently I was part of a group from the Discovery Institute that went down to Los Angeles to make presentations about issues relating to Darwinism and intelligent design to groups of rabbis in the area. Our efforts bore fruit in […]

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Measuring the Charisma Deficit in the Jewish World

posted by David Klinghoffer

A dear friend chides me by email for saying that we are going through a period when there’s a Jewish charisma deficit. She cites several rabbis in her area who are gifted teachers, who make rabbinic texts really come alive, […]

Shmuley Boteach on Charisma and Chabad

posted by David Klinghoffer

Shmuley Boteach contributes a gracious and insightful essay of appreciation on Chabad in the Forward. Gracious because despite emerging from Chabad himself and subsequently meeting with disapproval from the movement and parting ways, he is far from having turned against […]

Abuse, Sexual and Otherwise, in the Haredi Community and Elsewhere

posted by David Klinghoffer

Rod Dreher has a strong and important post up about sexual abuse in the Haredi community. My only reservation, and I’ve thought about this for a long time, concerns Jewish and other blogs like the ones mentioned in the New […]

Swastikas on Seattle Synagogues — Not What It May Seem?

posted by David Klinghoffer

On Saturday night as Jews initiated the penitential Selichot cycle of prayers leading up to Rosh Hashanah, someone was outside two of the Orthodox synagogues in Seattle’s Seward Park neighborhood, spray-painting swastikas, the word “Nazi,” and “Fourth Riech” (misspelled) on […]

A Morality Crisis in Orthodox Judaism?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Jeffrey Goldberg thinks there is such a crisis and conducts a very interesting interview with Erica Brown on the theme. You knew people would begin asking such questions, and answering them in the affirmative, when the Syrian Orthodox Jewish community […]

The Scandal of Orthodox Irrelevance

posted by David Klinghoffer

This is the kind of thing that breaks my heart. The Forward, Jerusalem Post, and other media outlets are either chortling over or utterly bemused by a spat between two top contenders to be Israel’s next Sephardic chief rabbi. The […]

Should Jews Shun “Messianic Jews”?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Back in 1998, at the time of Israel 50th birthday, my friend Rabbi Daniel Lapin withstood a harsh round of controversy and criticism from the Jewish community when he spoke at a huge Christian pro-Israel conference in Orlando, Florida. Why? Because […]

Provincial Orthodoxy — A Formula for Healing Judaism’s Divisions?

posted by David Klinghoffer

An interesting article in New York’s Jewish Week covers the phenomenon of Reform and Conservative temples merging. Outside New York City, here in the provinces, the ideological differences between the two liberal Jewish denominations don’t matter much to people. This […]

A Spooky Story about the Lubavitcher Rebbe

posted by David Klinghoffer

I’m thinking of the night the Lubavitcher Rebbe died, which was exactly 15 year ago this coming Friday, June 12, 1994. I’m not Chabad — a fellow traveler at best, and that only pretty recently — but I have a […]

Charmed by the First Black Woman Rabbi

posted by David Klinghoffer

Though I find Reform Judaism to be massively deluded about Torah and Jewish faith, it also has its good points. For example, I’m charmed and cheered by the news that the first female African-American rabbi will receive ordination from the […]

Hey, Maimonides School, Ever Hear of “Exile”?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for the team of Orthodox Jewish high school students who are suing to compete in a national mock trial competition. The team from the Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass., won their state […]

Lost Jews of Los Angeles

posted by David Klinghoffer

Here’s a poignant footnote to our discussion of whether, for atheists, there can be meaning in life without reference to a transcendent reality.  Jewlicious praises a rebranding campaign by the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, quoting in turn a Jewish Telegraphic […]

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Reading Wesley Smith: Why the Darwin Debate Matters
If the intelligent-design side in the evolution debate doesn't receive the support you might expect from people who should be allies, that may be because they haven't grasped why the whole thing matters so urgently. I got an email recently from ...

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The Mission of the Jews
Don't miss my essay over at First Things on the mission of the Jews to the world. This, I think, the key idea that the Jewish community needs to absorb at this very unusual cultural moment, for the time is so, so right. Non-Jews are waiting for ...

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Darwin at the Mountains of Madness: Evolution & the Occult
Of all the regrettable cultural forces that Darwinism helped unleash, perhaps the most surprising and seemingly unlikely is its role in sparking the creation of modern occultism. Charles Darwin himself could not have been less interested in the ...

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