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Divide Over Kotel Prayer Highlights Racism of Palestinian Authority and Muslim Waqf

Jewish communities might be fighting about fair access to the Kotel, but what is missing from the discussion is Jewish use of holy places in Jerusalem. The Muslim Waqf and…

Kabbalah and Halacha of Summer Classes Online

I am currently teaching a four-part class on the Kabbalah and Halacha of summer. Each class is dedicated to a different Jewish month – Sivan, Tammuz, Av, and Ellul –…

Jewish Lists: What it Tells About us

Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent column in Bloomberg, is a very powerful argument for canceling the recent proliferation of media-inspired “Jewish Lists”. This article is a must read. It also got me…

Who is to Blame for the Doheny Meat Scandal?

We are. Let me explain. Rav Shraga Feivel Zimmerman, the current Chief Rabbi of Gateshead, England, spoke in the aftermath of a major kashrut scandal which rocked Monsey, NY, in…

Kaparot: Wave Money, Not Chickens

I don’t use chickens. After witnessing years of chickens wallowing in their own feces in small cages waiting to be schechted (slaughtered) for the ritual of Kaparot before Yom Kippur,…